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super easy bread

Recipe by
Jenny Roberts
knockemstiff, OH

I love making bread and want others to enjoy it, too! This one is so easy. I started with an Italian bread recipe and made it my own and easier. Now you make it your own, too!

yield serving(s)
prep time 2 Hr 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For super easy bread

  • 4 1/2 tsp
    active dry yeast (two packets)
  • 3 1/2 c
    warm water
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 8 c
    (about) all purpose flour
  • cooking oil to coat bowl, bread, and pans

How To Make super easy bread

  • 1
    In large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water. Place in warm place until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  • 2
    Add 3 cups warm water, 3 cups flour, 1 tsp salt. Stir with wooden or silicone spoon (a spatula works, too).
  • 3
    Beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, stirring until dough is very hard to stir and is sticky. You may need less than 8 cups, you may need 10 or more. Don't fret, this is a forgiving recipe.
  • 4
    Knead or mix in the bowl until it comes into a ball.
  • 5
    Place dough on a floured surface and knead it for about 10 minutes. (Be rough! Get out all your frustrations from the week!) You will need to re-flour the surface as you work so that it will not stick. Continue kneading until it is elastic, but not very sticky.
  • 6
    Using the cooking oil, grease the bowl. Place the dough in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap then a towel. Place bowl with dough in a warm place out of drafts. Let rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  • 7
    Punch the dough down, re-cover it, and place back in the warm place for another 15 minutes or so.
  • 8
    Using cooking oil or spray, coat bread pans and preheat oven to 400.
  • 9
    Remove dough from the bowl. Knead a few minutes (2 or 3). Cut in half (for normal bread pans). I cut into 4 pieces because I use the toss away foil pans from the grocery. Shape the loaves and place in pans.
  • 10
    Cover the pans and let rise (yes, again!) for about 30 minutes until doubled in size.
  • 11
    Place pans in preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes. This one is a give or take. You may need more time. I can bake 3 loaves at a time in my oven and they all come out fine. I generally bake 2 at a time and leave the other two in the warm place until the first ones come out of the oven.
  • 12
    Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • 13
    Serve warm with butter or with dips or with dipping oils. This is a very versatile bread.
  • 14

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