If you've never baked yeast bread, begin with this perfectly simply and delicious recipe. It can be made by hand or in a bread machine, and consistently produces a loaf well-suited for everything from toast to sandwiches, bread pudding to French toast.
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- 1 + 2 T. cups water lukewarm
- 2-1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar1
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups Stone-Buhr unbleached all-purpose white flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
For Automatic Bread Makers: Follow the manufacturers directions using the recommended order of ingredients and techniques. To bake in the oven, use the dough setting and shape by hand. Use the automatic setting to complete the loaf in the machine.
By Hand: Measure the water into a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast and sugar over top and let sit 5 minutes, or until the yeast begins to foam. Add the olive oil, flour and salt and stir with a wooden spoon until dough is a cohesive, shaggy mass. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 8 to 10 minutes adding more flour in tablespoon increments as necessary to get a smooth elastic dough.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and turn over to coat the top. Cover with plastic and let sit at room temperature until doubled in size, 45 to 60 minutes. Punch the dough down, reshape, cover and let rise until doubled, 30 to 45 minutes.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, pat it out and roll it up, pinching together the seams on the bottom and sides. Place the loaf in a lightly oiled 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Cover and let rise a third time, 30 to 40 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400. Bake the loaf in the center of the oven until deep golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. When it is ready, the loaf will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack. This bread freezes well.