This is a basic homemade bread dough recipe you can use to make a loaf, rolls, or pizza crust. It’s easy, quick, and works every time. One of the things I like is that the liquid and flour are perfectly balanced from the beginning so the dough mixes up with the right consistency right away. You probably will not need to add any extra flour to the dough before you form it into the loaf. This recipe makes exactly one loaf of bread.
- 4 c. flour, white, wheat, or a mixture of the two
- dash salt
- 1 1/2 c. hot tap water, not boiling
- 2 T. yeast
- 2 T. sugar
- 6 T. vegetable oil or melted butter
- First mix the flour and salt.
- Then in a 2 c. liquid measuring cup mix water, yeast, and sugar and let sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast gets bubbly.
- Add the yeast mixture to the flour. Add the oil to the flour.
- Stir the liquid in to the flour. Inside the bowl knead it a bit more with your hands and make it into a ball.
- Let it sit for ten minutes.
- Form the dough into rolls or into a loaf and placed on a greased pan or in a greased loaf pan. The loaf can be shaped like french bread or into a round loaf and placed on a flat baking sheet of you don’t have a loaf pan. If you are making rolls, keep dividing the dough in half until you have the size rolls you want (they will be approximately double the size you start with when you are finished). Make the dough into little balls and place on a baking sheet. I made 12 rolls from the batch.
- Let it rise for 20-30 minutes.
- Bake at 375 deg F for 25-30 minutes, until the bread is nicely browned.
This recipe can also easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled if you are making bread for a crowd. The bread will store on the counter or cupboard for a couple of days or in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Bread freezes well too.
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