Today I braved the task of attempting to make homemade bread for the first time. YIKES! I mean I’ve made bread for youth activities at church and stuff for service projects etc (that was foreeeever ago), but this was the first time all myself. And honestly, I felt a little embarrassed for not doing this sooner. Because my reason for never making homemade bread before was because of the yeast. Working with yeast scares me, I always thought it was so difficult, and so expensive….so obviously you see, I just assumed, I’ve never worked with yeast before. Because it’s like 88 cents for 3 packets, and all you do is dissolve it in whatever amount of water the recipe calls for. BAH, so easy! And making your own bread is a great way to save money, (at least with the recipe I used) because all you need is flour, oil, salt, tiny bit of sugar, and yeast. Most people already have those things in their kitchen (I think) and they all last you a long time.
Take it a step further and have it with homemade jam! I didn’t make any, but my sweet, sweet friend gave some that her friend gave to her. Ha ha, if that made sense. Bread is one of my FAAAAAVORITE things. I can give up most things, but not bread (homemade that is-I can give up, and pretty much have-given up all other bread, it just doesn’t compare 🙂 )
Anyway, if you want to attempt it (and believe me it’s worth it, and so much easier to make than I thought) here’s the recipe I used, all I did was google “bread recipes”
BREAD (Yield: 2 loaves)
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups warm water (not boiling or really hot)
3 Tbls Sugar
1 Tbl salt
2 Tbls canola oil
6 1/4 to 6 3/4 cups all purpose flour (I only used 5 cups total)
1. In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil & 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough
2. Put onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hours)
3 Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9 in. x 5 in loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled (about 30-45 minutes)
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped.