Hello Dear Friends! I am so excited to share this bread recipe with you! What I love most about this recipe is how simple and basic it is (meaning no crazy ingredients)-not to mention it is DEE-licious! It’s very similar to our Easy Homemade Wheat Bread which is half white flour half wheat flour-except this one uses only white (all-purpose) flour…you know, in case you don’t have whole wheat flour on hand, or you’re trying to acclimate your family to regular homemade bread before delving into the whole wheat arena.
After making this bread for the third time I realized I didn’t even pull out the recipe because I already had it memorized. Yep! That’s the kind of simple that I’m talking about! It is very soft the first day after you bake it, but because there are no preservatives (which are a HUGE plus in my book!), you’ll notice it starting to go stale quickly if left out. So I like to keep our bread in the fridge if I know we won’t be going through it very fast. There are days however when we go through both loaves in two days! But when you make things like Sweet French Toast and garlic bread, that tends to happen. 😉
This does take a few hours to make, although, the extra time is mostly waiting for the bread to rise, but the amazing aroma it gives to your home is absolutely DIVINE! And well worth the wait! enjoy!!
What is your favorite type of bread?
- 2 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons honey or white sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast (or one 1/4 ounce package of Active Dry Yeast)
- 1 tablespoon salt (I use sea salt or real salt)
- 2 tablespoons oil (I use olive oil-but any kind should work)
- 6 1/4-6 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour*
- Add warm water (this should be somewhat hot-but not scalding. I will often microwave my water or heat it on the stove until it reaches the right temperature (between 105-115 degrees if you have a thermometer). Add the honey or sugar and the yeast to the warm water and stir slightly. Then set aside and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes until it begins to rise.
- In a large mixing bowl or Kitchen Aid add the yeast mixture, salt, oil, and 3 cups of flour and mix. Then add 3 additional cups of flour and mix. Add the rest of the flour 1/4 cup at a time depending on how much your bread will need (see notes below). Kneed for 8-10 minutes by hand or 5 minutes in the Kitchen Aid.
- Add some oil to the bowl and turn the dough over a few times to coat the outside of the dough with the oil. Cover and allow to rise until double in size (1-2 hours).
- After it's risen, shape bread into two loaves and place in two 9x5 inch greased bread pans. Cover again and allow to rise until about double in size (about 30-45 minutes).
- Bake on 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
- Brush a light coating of butter on the top of the bread, and allow the bread to sit in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Then remove from pan and set on a wire rack to cool.
- *Add enough flour to the dough so that it pulls away from the sides of the bowl, or so that it is easily manageable when kneading. For me this is about 6 1/4 cups of flour. Start with 6 cups and then slowly add in an additional 1/4 cup of flour at a time until it reaches the right consistency.