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The Wonder Of Baking Bread

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose-flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast I always use rapid rise yeast
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup warm water

Instructions

To make the dough

  • Mix together the warm water, ( 110-115 defrees F) yeast and sugar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Warm the bowl so it is not very cold before adding the warm water
  • Add remaining ingredients to the bowl with the yeast mixture
  • Mix in kitchen stand mixer with dough attachment or mix by hand for 3-5 minutes
  • Continue kneeding dough either by hand or in mixer for 10 minutes to form the gluten strands making the dough pliable and ready to rise
  • Scrape the dough out of the bowl and place in a large bowl that has been prepped with kitchen spray or butter
  • flip the dough over so it is completely covered with oil
  • Cover with a towel and place dough in a wam spot. Allow dough to rise until doubled in size
  • Remove dough and shape into desired loaf shape or sizes and place on a baking sheet
  • Cover and allow to rise again for about 20 - 30 minutes
  • optional: Cut a few slits in the top of the dough with a very sharp knife
  • For crunchy outside spray ovenw ith water before baking or before heating place a roasting pan in the bottom of the oven while it heats. Right before placing lof in the oven add boiling water to roasting pan, place foaf in oven and shut the door quickly, trapping the stea, The steam will make a custy, crunchy outside texture
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for about 20-30 minutes until golden brown and you hear a hollow sound when tapping loaf
  • alow to cool slightly before slicing