Simple Bread Recipe
Simple Bread Recipe for Mouthwatering Monday from H&P Artistry
The Mouthwatering Monday recipe for today is a Simple Bread Recipe. My niece stayed with me this weekend and wanted to cook with me. We always make some kind of sweet treat so I decided to switch it up this time. I asked her if she wanted to bake bread. The idea of kneading bread was super appealing to her. This is a small batch of rustic bread and when making it with kids remember the time it takes to rise. Kids are all about instant gratification and waiting is not their strong suit. We made paper fish and raced them around the house while the bread rested on the kitchen counter.
1 1/8 Cups Warm Water
3 – 4 Cups of Flour
1 Package Rapid Rise Yeast
1 1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 – 2 Tablespoons Corn Meal Optional
Pre-heat the oven to 375*
Add sugar and yeast to the warm water and let bloom for 5 to 10 minutes.
Add salt and oil to mixing bowl while the water sugar and yeast bloom.
Add 1 cup of flour to start the dough.
Slowly add the bloomed yeast to the flour mix. Then add the additional flour a 1/2 cup at a time until the dough is a smooth dough consistency.
Once the bread dough is well mixed sprinkle flour on the counter and knead the bread for 5 to 8 minutes until smooth. Then form the bread into a ball.
Grease a bowl and the dough (I spray mine with cooking spray) and put the dough ball in it to rise for 1 hour be sure to grease the dough ball and cover for 1 hour.
Once risen the dough should be twice the starting size. You can keep the dough in one piece after punching the dough down) for an artisan loaf or put the dough in a loaf pan.
Since I made the dough with the mini Kiddo I divided the dough in half.
Punch the dough down.
Sprinkle the pan with corn meal
Shape the dough in to a ball. The mini Kiddo shaped hers into a heart.
Cover with the towel and let rise a second time. It will take about 15 – 30 minutes.
Score the bread and bake at 375 for 25 – 35 minutes oven times and temps may vary.
The bread will be golden brown and sound hollow when you tap the crust.
Serve warm or add to a gift basket with butters, cheeses, jams or/and honey for a house-warming or hostess gift.
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