Easy, Simple, Yeast Bread

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READY IN: 2hrs 18mins
SERVES: 8
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Stir the sugar into the water then add the yeast and give that a quick stir. Leave it to sit on the counter for a 8-10 minutes until frothy.
  • Mix 2 cups of the flour and salt in a heavy duty mixer with the kneading attatchment.
  • Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and mix well, gradually adding flour until it comes away from the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Turn onto a floured counter and knead it for 5-10 minutes adding flour as neccecary. The dough should be fairly springy but not too sticky.
  • Place the dough into a greased bowl and turn it once to coat it with a little oil.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm area with a cloth over it until doubled in size, for about an hour.
  • Punch down dough and form it into the desired loaf shape. I prefer the baguette. To make a baguette, divide the dough in half, spread each half out into a rectangle then roll it up and slit the top. Place the loaves onto an oiled and cornmealed cookie sheet. Cover the loaves up with a cloth and let them rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Spray the loaves with a little pam spray and bake it for 15-18 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  • Let it cool on cooling rack before cutting.
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