Here is a picture of my homemade bread. It only took me four tries to finally get it right! I tried many recipes, but the one that took and actually worked for me was the one I found on the Hillbilly Housewife website.
- 3 cups of white or whole wheat flour, or 1-1/2 cups of each (plus a little extra flour for kneading)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 packet, or about 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar or brown sugar or honey
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 cup warm water (not hot, just warm)
- Measure the flour into your stand mixer.
- After you put your flour into the mixer bowl, add the salt, sugar and yeast.
- Add a cup of warm water.
- Using the dough hook, mix on speed 2 until it gets sticky and stiff.
- Continue mixing until dough comes together. If it is too sticky then add more flour. You may need to add up to ½ cup more flour, or even more sometimes. If it is too dry, then add a little bit of water at a time, to get it right. Usually a teaspoon of water at a time, is a good way to go.
- In a clean bowl, add a spoonful of oil(teaspoon or tablespoon) will be just enough. Place the ball of dough into the clean bowl, on top of the oil. Roll the dough around in the oil, to coat it evenly. Place the dough in a warm spot, or on the counter near the stove. Cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Allow the dough to sit and rise. It may take the dough up to 2 hours to rise. You will want it to double in size.
- When it is well risen, punch the dough down. Put your fist into the dough and smash down to force all the air out of it. Knead the dough again. This time, just knead it for a minute or so.
- Shape dough the size of the loaf pan and place inside. Cover it with a dish towel or plastic wrap. Set it aside and let it rise for about an hour to an hour and a half. It should double in bulk again. After it has risen enough, it is time to bake it. Set the oven to 350° or 375°. Place the bread into the oven. You do not need to preheat the oven. Let the bread bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
If white bread is not your thing, I did make some delicious whole wheat honey bread almost the same way. Just click that link and you will find that recipe — and believe me — nothing tastes better than hot bread slathered in butter.