Bread is just one of those things that, I believe, the majority of us can agree is as addictive as crack cocaine. I can’t say I’ve ever dabbled in crack cocaine, and I certainly don’t plan to, but from what I’ve heard about it, it’s rather addicting, hence why I’m comparing it to bread.
I might be reaching a tad, but that’s okay.
Bread is the shit. It’s soft and delicate yet offers a subtle crunch via its crust; it can be paired with literally any food group; it’s diverse in its flavours and hits the sport every freaking time. You simply cannot go wrong with bread, that is, unless you eat so much you begin to resemble a loaf, but even that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I find bread loaves to be quite cute.
I’ve always wanted to try making some homemade bread of my own, but I have yet to actually commit to doing so. In the meantime, I thought I would share the following recipe in case anyone else has hopes of creating their own delightful loaf from home. This recipe comes from butterwithasideofbread.com.
- 2 cups warm water 110 degrees F/45 degrees C
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 5-6 cups flour You can use all-purpose flour OR bread flour!
- In a large bowl, dissolve the 1 TBSP of the sugar in warm water and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.
- Mix remaining sugar, salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Dough should be tacky and clean the sides of the bowl save for a small part at the bottom. Too much flour added in yields a dry loaf of bread, so if you’re worried you added too much, add a bit more hot water, until you get the correct consistency.
- Knead dough for 7 minutes. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down. Knead for 1 minute and divide in half. Shape into loaves and place into two greased 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30-40 minutes. Cool, brush with butter and enjoy!” the recipe states.
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