I love to bake but I’ve always been so intimidated by baking bread.
I usually go for the simple no-knead recipe I have shared.
My son came home from school with the Bake for Good package and they asked us to bake a loaf for the local food pantry.
We gave it a try. It wasn’t nearly as complicated as I thought.
Here is the recipe!
2 cups warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1 packet yeast
6 cups flour (this recipe used 3 white and 3 whole wheat)
1 TBSP salt
To start dissolve sugar in warm water. Stir in yeast.
Add 2 cups of flour. Let rest a few minutes till you see bubbles. Stir in 1 more cup flour.
Stir in salt and oil.
Stir in two more cups flour. The dough will be harder to mix. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup more flour on sticky dough. Use a scraper to clean flour from sides of the bowl and press into the dough until no longer sticky.
Plop dough onto clean, lightly floured surface. *Knead dough for five minutes. *(Fold the top, push away with the palm of your hands and turn one quarter, repeat.) Add more flour to your hands as needed and scrap surface.
Scrap out bowl and lightly oil.
Knead dough for a few more minutes, gather into a ball. It’s ready when you lightly press it with your fingertips and it bounces right back. Put in oiled bowl, flip once, cover with plastic wrap and kitchen towel. Put in warm place, let rise for 1 and 1/2 hours until it’s about doubled in size.
Place dough on floured surface, deflate and divide in half. Form two loaves. We did two braided loaves but this is optional.
Set oven to 375 degrees. Cover dough again with plastic wrap and let rise again for 30 minutes.
Remove plastic, slive top of loaves with sharp knife (this is if you just shape into a normal loaf we didn’t do this for the braided loaves) and bake about 30 minutes until golden brown.
Remove and cool on rack.
Would be really good served with honey butter!
See you soon!