My Sandwich Bread Recipe From Scratch
Every stay at home wife can give you some variation of a plain bread recipe but not one of them can do it like me. This recipe works if you're almost out of flour, running out of oil, or even have yeast that's over a year past the expiration date but you don't want it to go to waste so you'd rather wait an extra hour for the dough to rise. Long story short, this recipe is beginner friendly but tastes it's absolute best when you follow it to a T. All of this without a bread machine, nor a mixer.
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 – 3 cups flour start with 2 cups and add more as needed
1 teaspoon salt
Instructions: In your mixing bowl, add the water, sugar and yeast and let sit for 10 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until a nice ball forms. Throw your hands in there, the dough should feel elastic, but not dry. Add more flour if the dough is sticking to your fingers. Let the dough rise in a warm place or covered with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap for about 1.5 hours.
Shape the dough into a smooth log and place into a greased bread pan. Don't worry about if the loaf deflates during this moving process, it'll come back up.
Let rise again, about 20 minutes.
I usually let it rise the second time until it looks the right size for a loaf of bread.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until bread is dark golden and sounds hollow when tapped.
When it's all cooled, cut a fresh slice and enjoy with a light spread of strawberry preserves. This is a perfect task for a relaxing day off. There is so much time between each rising that you can rest, do laundry, make love to yourself, and when its all done, you'll have a refreshing and light tasting snack.