My family loves homemade bread. It’s frugal, delicious and a lot healthier than most store bought breads.Even though I have a bread maker, I hardly ever use it. I hate cleaning the thing when it’s done (I’m lazy…I know it. 😉 ). Plus, I always have trouble getting the whole loaf out intact.
Here is a very easy and delicious recipe that has served me well. It is also great if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to let it rise multiple times.
You will need:
1 1/4 oz packet of rapid rise yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup oil
3 cups flour
Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. It should look foamy after about 5 min. or so, then it’s ready to add the other ingredients.
Add egg, sugar, salt and oil and mix. Add half of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the rest of the flour and beat again until smooth.
The dough should be a little sticky.
Shape into loaves or dinner rolls and place on greased pan. you can also sprinkle the pan with white cornmeal to help keep it from sticking if you wish. Let it rise until double in size (approx. 45 – 60 min.). Bake rolls for about 15 min. If you are baking it as a loaf it may take about 30 min. Lower the oven rack to keep the top from burning while the inside cooks.
Enjoy your freshly baked bread! 🙂