Simple Home-made Bread
Makes 2 loaves
5 ¹/₄ cups white bread flour or two cups of white and three cups of brown bread flour.
2 – 4 Tbsp. sugar
1 ¹/₂ tsp. salt
1 ¹/₂ Tbsp. (rounded) yeast
1 ¹/₂ Tbsp. oil
2 cups warm water (somewhere between 100 and 115⁰ Fahrenheit)
Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Mix for 1 minute and then check the consistency of the dough. The dough should be very sticky. If it is too dry, add more water.
Mix for 5 minutes. (Do not add any more flour after the dough has finished mixing.)
Spray kneading surface with cooking spray and turn dough out onto the surface. Knead dough briefly until it has a smooth even consistency (this will only take several turns of the dough to accomplish).
Divide dough into 2 pieces (or more if you wish to have smaller loaves) and shape loaves into desired shapes and place on greased baking sheets. Cover with a large dish towel and let rise for 25 minutes.
While loaves are rising, preheat oven to 350⁰ Fahrenheit. When loaves are ready to go into the oven, use a sharp knife (you can lightly spray your knife with cooking spray to prevent dragging) to make several slashes in the top. Make each cut about ¹₄-inch deep at a 30⁰ angle.
Bake loaves for 25 m minutes, or until they are golden brown.
Once browned put in the center o the oven and let cool.
Remove and set it on the drying rack and let it cool further.