About a month ago I wrote a post about making bread. I used my bread machine for the recipe but a reader was interested in how to make it without the mixer. I decided to try the same recipe only without using my mixer. It turned out well. The benefit of using a bread machine is you can toss the ingredients in, push start and forget about it until it beeps 3 hours later. Making it without the mixer takes a little more effort and time but it still works just fine and the bread still tastes the same. Here is what I did.
How To Make Homemade Bread
Basic White/French Bread Recipe
You will need:
1-1/8 c. Warm Water
1-1/2 T. Oil
1-1/2 t. Salt
3 T. Sugar
3 c. Flour
1 t. Yeast
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
Add the oil, salt and sugar.
Add the flour and mix well. (Use a dough hook if you have it, if not, mix by hand).
The dough will be a little sticky. Use a spatula to make sure everything has mixed and you don’t have flour pockets at the bottom of your bowl.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl. I just drizzle some oil and smooth it around the bottom and sides of a bowl. Cover the bowl with some wrap and place in a warm spot. Let the dough rise until doubled.
Once dough has risen, punch down, shape and place in an oiled bread pan. Cover pan with wrap again (spray the side of the wrap facing the bread with Pam or another oil spray to prevent the dough from sticking when you remove it later one) and let rise a second time. Let it rise so that the top of the bread passes the edge of the pan by just a little bit. Rise time will vary depending on how warm the location is.
Once the dough has risen, remove the wrap carefully (the sprayed oil should make this easier but still be careful otherwise your bread will fall) place in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
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Remove the bread from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Take the bread out of the pan and let it finish cooling. If you’re going to use the bread for sandwiches, I recommend slicing the bread after it has cooled completely. Homemade bread is easier to slice when it’s not warm. If you don’t care about how thick the bread slices are, slice it while it’s warm and enjoy some with butter!
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