A Basic Bread Recipe
One of the best features of a good stand up mixer is the bread hook. This one item will make your life much easier and allow you to enjoy great homemade bread without all of the tiresome kneading. Here is a classic recipe you can make quickly.
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth with the flat paddle of your stand up mixer. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
- Replace the flat blade with your dough hook and knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes.
- Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
This is one of my favorite baking recipes and I make this bread a lot. Not only does it taste great but your house will have that delightful freshly baked bread smell for hours. Who can resist that?
There are a couple of areas that you should pay attention to. Make sure that your yeast is fresh. This is one time where it pays to watch the expiration date on the packaging. Yeast is a living organism and it does its job only when it is fresh.
Don’t let the water get too hot or you will kill the yeast. 110-115 degrees is perfect. Even though you are only using a small amount of sugar you need all of it to work with the yeast. This is not the place to try and cut back on sugar.