Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Easy Yeast Bread

There may be nothing on this earth that smells as good as baking bread. It may seem a daunting task but baking bread is easy and rewarding.  

This is a super easy recipe that is good for beginners.  

Easy Yeast Bread

3/4 Cup Warm Water
1 Package Active Dry Yeast
1 Tsp Salt
1-1/2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Vegetable Shortening
1/2 Cup Milk
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

In large bowl, add the sugar to the warm water.  Stir until all the sugar is dissolved.  Stir in yeast.  Allow to sit for about 5 minutes until yeast is bubbly.

Add salt, shortening, and milk to bowl. Stir.

Mix in the first 2 cups of flour.

You may not need all three cups of flour.  But, if needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough makes a soft dough.

Turn dough out onto floured board and knead, adding small spoonfuls of flour as needed, until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.

Add the oil to the bowl.  Put dough in the bowl, and turn over so that is covered in oil. Cover with a moistened towel and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour.

Punch down dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead.

Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. 

Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.

Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Turn out bread and let cool on a rack.

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