fresh baked homemade bread

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Serves: 2 Loaves of bread

Ingredients:

1.5 tablespoons of dry yeast

2 cups of warm water

2/3 cups of sugar

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 teaspoon of salt

5-6 cups of flour

Instructions:

Using a standing mixer with a bread hook, combine warm water and sugar. Add yeast giving a gentle stir.

Wait approximately 5 minutes for the yeast to feed and form a foam on top covering all of the water. This step is critical before moving on.

Once your yeast has formed a foam top, add the oil, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Mix on low 1 minute.

Add 2 more cups of flour and mix until combined.

Add 1 cup of flour as needed until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl cleanly.

Have your mixer knead the dough for 7 minutes on speed level 1 or 2. This should look like all of the dough attached to the hook spinning around for the 7 minutes. If your dough is not attached, Add small bits of flour until it does.

Remove dough, place it in a large oiled bowl and allow it to rise until it doubles in size. this should take around 1 hour. If the bread dough is not rising, place the bowl in a warmer area. Heat encourages it to rise.

Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down the dough kneading it for 1 minute.

Form the dough in bread containers or in dinner rolls. Allow to rise and double in size once more.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line baking dishes with parchment paper. It makes for extremely easy removal and pretty bread!

Bake:

Sprinkle with garlic salt or brush on melted butter if desired before baking. Place bread into the oven until the bread’s internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F. This should take around 25 minutes for a loaf and less for dinner rolls.

Do not allow the bread to exceed 200 degrees F.

Remove the bread from the oven and immediately remove the bread from the baking container. Otherwise, you risk soggy edges. Allow to cool and ENJOY Your Easiest Homemade Bread In The World!

Storage:

This bread is easily stored in a gallon-sized bag for up to 1 week. It can even be frozen and thawed.

After 1 week it becomes a bit crumbly. At this point, I make homemade croutons for our salads. Cut any remaining bread into crouton size cubes, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with garlic salt, and bake at 350 degrees until lightly toasted.

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