Brewing coffee, freshly cut grass, an ocean breeze, newborn baby, meat on a braai..... and freshly baked bread! The smell of homemade bread, just out the oven is one of life's little pleasures.
Have you ever walked past a bakery and just stood outside and breathed in that warm, yeasty smell of fresh bread? It's easy to recreate that smell in your home. Fresh bread right out the oven is one of the warmest, most comforting smells. Not to mention the taste of warm bread with butter. We could all do with some comfort at the moment.
This bread recipe makes two loaves, because one is just not enough. You'll want to eat it with soups and stews, make sandwiches, french toast, etc.
Easy Homemade Bread
This traditional white bread is crusty on the outside and light on the inside. And it doesn't require a lot of ingredients!
20g active dry yeast
3 Tbs white sugar
2 1/2 cups warm water
3 Tbs butter, softened
1 Tbs salt
6 1/2 cups flour
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.
Stir in butter, salt and two cups of the flour.
Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into loaves.
Place the loaves into two lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 220°C.
Bake at 190C for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.