One kitchen appliance I don’t have is a breadmaker. While my family goes through at least one or two loaves of bread a week, I still have yet to splurge for a machine to make it for me. Last month I decided I was going to try to make my own basic bread. I didn’t realize just how easy it is.
In my first attempt, I made to long loaves that I made into garlic bread after they were done.
Slice each loaf in half and add some butter and garlic salt and pop it back in the oven…
Since I am a fan of eating soup in a bread bowl, my second attempt was creating two ball shaped loaves.
Just cut off the tops and take out the inside and turn these into a bread bowl.
Let me not forget to mention that my 7 Quart KitchenAid Stand Mixer works AWESOME for making the dough. You can do it by hand by why would I when I have this beauty in my kitchen to help.
Ready for the recipe?
- 3¾ cups of bread (or all-purpose) flour
- 1½ cups of lukewarm water
- 1 packet of dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 TBS Oregano (for flavor)
- In bowl add yeast and warm water and stir to dissolve. Let mixture set about 5 minutes to allow yeast to start working.
- In mixing bowl, add 1½ cups of flour, salt, oil, oregano and yeast mixture. With pastry hook knead dough until dough is well blended and not sticky. Add small amounts of flour to reach desired texture. Shape dough into ball, place in bowl slightly coated in vegetable oil and cover with plastic wrap.
- Let sit at least 1 hour to allow to rise.
- When dough is ready, sprinkle a surface with the remaining ¼ cup of flour and add dough. Use hands to create your loaves in your desired shape.
- Place on cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden.
- Remove, cool and enjoy!
So my question to you is, do you make your own bread?