Many recipes featured here on Off the Shelf involve some sort of baking, from Jamberry Crumble Bars, Honey Whole Wheat Muffins, Red White and Blue Cornbread and Pooh's Honey Oat Quick Bread. However, I have never had much luck with yeast breads; it seems like the dough would never rise! So when looking for a recipe to go with Dream Snow I was excited to find this post with a simple bread recipe.
It was just as the post said, easy, delicious, and it didn't take all day! So, below I will give you the basic rundown of how I made this bread. If you want more details and troubleshooting, I recommend that you travel over to the Simple Homemaker!
Beginner's Yeast Bread
- 2 cups warm water (about 115 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (or one packet)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 5 cups flour ( I used 1/2 all purpose, 1/2 white whole wheat)
Note: I used my stand mixer, but the original recipe gives directions for making it all by hand.
- Combine water and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and stir to dissolve the yeast.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the water mixture. Turn the mixer on low speed and knead for 4-5 minutes, until smooth.
- Divide dough into two pieces. Pat out into a rectangle, then fold into thirds lengthwise, or roll up into a log. Repeat with other loaf. Place the loaves, seam sides down, on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Lightly grease the tops of the loaves. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap or a flour sack towel.
- Let the loaves rise for 30 minutes to an hour and a half. Our kitchen was rather cold the day I made this, so I placed it in the powder room with the door shut. It warmed up very quickly in there, and was the perfect place for the dough to rise.
- Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove plastic wrap or towel, and bake for 12-15 minutes. It is done when you tap a loaf and it sounds hollow.
- Allow to cool slightly, slice, and eat!