It’s no secret that baking has never been my forte. I have always loved to cook, and have developed my skills in the kitchen to go along with our changing dietary needs, but baking remains a huge challenge for me.
Bread, especially, has always been an extremely intimidating recipe. The idea of using yeast, kneading, stretching the gluten, and creating an edible, aesthetically pleasing loaf of bread, seemed like too large of a challenge. But my recently acquired obsession with The Great British Baking Show has rekindled my desire to take on a baking challenge with more confidence than ever before.
My first two attempts at this “Fail Proof” recipe have both been successful and now my husband expects homemade loaf as our main bread staple, rather than the usual bakery bought artisan breads that we have eaten in the past. What have I gotten myself into?
The recipe is simple, although it takes some time to let the bread proof. It is a very easy recipe for us beginner bakers to try to master. This recipe is a Bob’s Red Mill Original. It can be found on the back of the Artisan Bread Flour bag or by clicking on the link above. 6 ingredients, 2 hours, yummy homemade bread. Simple.
1.5 Tbsp active yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1.5 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups warm water
6 cups bread flour
- In a large bowl, combine sugar, water, and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- Add salt and oil to mixture and stir to combine. Add flour one cup at a time. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, oil two 9×5-inch loaf pans.
- Punch down dough. Knead for three minutes. Divide in half and shape into two loaves, Place loaves into oiled 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. While bread rises, pre-heat oven to 350°F.
- Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes or until loaves are golden brown. Remove from pans and let cool completely on wire rack.