The easiest bread you’ll ever make

I found this recipe online years ago, and cannot pinpoint the original post. It is so simple I memorized it, and it is a regular in my rotation.

There is nothing quite like the smell of warm, freshly baked bread straight from your own oven. I was never much of a baker. This recipe is incredibly hard to mess up and is great for a beginner venturing into baking for the first time.

It is also adaptable. I have made loaves and bread rolls. You can fashion a french stick, or use a regular loaf pan to shape the bread. It is very forgiving.

I have also added ingredients and still get the same great results every time. It is especially good with garlic, herbs, stinky cheese, sun dried tomatoes, spinach or bacon bits mixed in. Use your imagination!

The recipe

7 cups flour, separated into two.

3 cups warm water

1/3 cup sugar

2 tsp salt

1 and 1/2 packets of yeast

Mix all the ingredients with 3 and 1/2 cups of flour.

Let the mixture rise for one hour.

Add remaining flour until it creates a shaggy sticky dough.

Cover with a damp cloth or paper towel and allow to rise for another hour. Bread rises well in a warm, but not hot place. You don’t want to kill the yeast with too much heat. The sugar feeds the yeast and helps it rise.

Shape the bread how you like it, whether it be into bread rolls, a stick, or in an ungreased loaf pan. Slice the top of the loaf for a little visual interest. Flour any surface you work on, and your hands with a little sprinkling of flour to avoid it sticking to surfaces. Try not to over-flour.

Once the dough is shaped how you like it, let it sit for another couple of minutes to ‘rest.’

Bake at 375F for 30 mins, a little less for bread rolls.

This lasts well wrapped in a clean tea towel on the counter, or in a brown paper bag. Bread does not store well in plastic.

It is completely delicious still warm from the oven with butter, or a topping you prefer. Excellent with homemade soup!



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Louise Ortega

Louise Ortega

I write poetry, recipes, shorts, and novels, and talk about relationships and current events. I’m a driving instructor and amateur photographer.