I'm honestly not the best baker. I'm one that excels at things more friendly to the "winging it" life approach. Since baking is a science, it doesn't always work out when you are a culinary free spirit so to speak. My sister, a literal rocket scientist at NASA is a great baker. But since I didn't have anything else going on yesterday night, I figured why not? Here's a super simple bread recipe that even I didn't screw up. The whole thing, even the proofing and rising, takes under an hour to make!
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/4 a stick of melted butter
- 1 1/2 Tbs. (2 packages) dry yeast
- 3 tsp. sugar
- 3 1/3 cups flour
- 2 tsp. salt
Preheat Oven to 450 degrees F. In a Large Mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup of the warm water, yeast and 2 tsp. of the sugar. Cover with a towel to let yeast proof.
In a separate large bowl mix flour, salt, and remaining sugar thoroughly.
Check on your yeast. If it's become foamy, that means that it's proofed. If it looks like the photo below you're good to go!
Gradually combine your flour mixture, remaining water, and yeast mixture until it becomes a dough. Turn out onto flour surface.
Knead your dough until it becomes a smooth ball. Cut that ball into two and form to long baguette shapes. Place the loafs onto a slightly floured baking sheet. If your feeling fancy you can snip the top, or slice it down the middle. Cover with towel and let rise 30 minutes.
Fill a baking pan, I used a 9x13, halfway with water and place on the rack under where the bread will bake. Steaming bread is good, but don't ask me why, I'm not a baker. I'm just doing what I've been taught. Set timer for 15 minutes.
After the fifteen minutes butter the breads generously. Bake for another 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Voila! Simple and Quick bread you could make everyday if your wanted to. Really, even I can't screw it up!
Do you have a favorite bread recipe Readers? Anyone else, like me, not the worlds best baker?