Every summer, my kids and I purpose to do more baking. My daughter Rachel found the perfect starter recipe for bread baking a few years back (via La Fuji Mama) and we’re pulling it out again this month. It’s super simple and makes two crusty, delicious loaves in about an hour – start to finish.
60-Minute Bread Ingredients:
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- 5 1/4 cups white bread flour
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. instant yeast
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. oil
- 2 cups warm water (approximately 100-115 degrees F)
Directions for Baking 60-Minute Bread:
- Mix dry ingredients together, then add oil and water.
- Mix for about 1 minute, then check consistency of the dough. If it feels very sticky, you did it right. If not, add more water.
- Mix for an additional 5 minutes. (Don’t add more flour once the dough has finished mixing.)
- Spray kneading surface with cooking spray and turn dough out onto surface. Knead dough briefly (several turns) until it looks smooth and even.
- Divide dough in half and shape into loaves on greased baking sheets. Cover with a hand towel and allow to rise for 25 minutes.
- While loaves are rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Before transferring loaves to the oven, use a sharp knife to score several slashes across the tops. Make each cut about 1/4-inch deep at a 30o angle.
- Bake until crust is golden brown (approximately 25 minutes).
Now, isn’t that easy? It makes the house smell yummy. Spread a little butter or jam on a slice and enjoy it while it’s warm!
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