Don’t pay the high price of specialty bread from the bakery, now you can bake your own. My son, Jacob, is our resident chef/baker and wanted to show everyone how easy it is to bake bread at home. We have adapted this recipe from Kelsey Nixon’s recipe on the Food Network website.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast (2 packets)
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • olive or canola oil for greasing bowl

The first step is to bloom the yeast. Place the yeast in a small pourable mixing cup and add 1/2 cup warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes until small bubbles form on the surface.

In a separate bowl add 3 1/2 cups of flour.

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Add 2 teaspoons of salt.

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Mix in yeast slurry.

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Add remaining water and mix until dough comes together. Move dough onto a floured surface. Knead until the dough becomes elastic. Approximately 5 minutes.

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Place your dough ball in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel. Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes. Dough will double in size.

Punch down the dough and divide it in half. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper and form dough into 2 evenly sized loaves. Cover and let sit another 30 minutes.

Using a very sharp knife cut slits in the top of the dough and place into a 450 degree oven for 15 minutes.

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This bread can be enjoyed as is or used in many recipes. I have used it to make bread pudding, stuffing or homemade garlic bread. The possibilities are endless.

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