If you’re anything like me, the thought of baking your own bread is terrifying and visions of flour covering every square inch of your kitchen is enough to not even try. I am here to tell you, however, that this is an easy homemade bread recipe that is really good and doesn’t take your entire day to bake. Win win!
Prep: 80 min | Cook: 40 min | Yield: 1 large loaf or 2 small
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 – 3 teaspoons table salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder (*optional)
- 1 envelope active dry yeast (2 teaspoons/ 4 oz)
- 1/8 teaspoon sugar (1 pinch)
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
*Skipping baking powder will make the bread denser. This is the way I always make it.
- Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
- Combine sugar and dry yeast in a small bowl. Add a small amount of lukewarm water and let yeast activate. You’ll see it start to bubble after a couple of minutes.
- Add yeast mixture to the flour mixture and mix with wooden spoon or mixer set on low.
- Slowly add lukewarm water until fully mixed.
- Add oil and mix with wooden spoon to combine.
- Cover the dough and let rest and rise 60 minutes. Gently mix after 30 minutes and let rest the additional 30 minutes. I like to keep mine in the microwave so it is slightly warmer.
- Preheat oven to 400˚F and grease your pan. You can bake in any size/shape bread pan.
- Add dough and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
It can’t get any easier than that, folks! Try it out and let us know what you think!