Homemade White Bread
(Recipe makes 2 loafs)
1 TBSP. Yeast
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. honey (adds DELICIOUS FLAVOR!!!)
1 TSP. Salt
2 1/2 c. Warm Water (not too hot because you don't want to kill the yeast, but not too warm or else the yeast won't activate)
4-6 c. Flour
Mix 2 cups of flour, water, oil, honey, and yeast in a big bowl by hand (not mixer). Make sure it is all blended in good, but there will be some small chunks of flour. Next, add flour one cup at a time until dough is soft, not sticky. Flour hands and a board. Knead dough until nice and soft for about 3 minutes. Grease another large bowl. Lightly shape the dough into a ball and put in greased bowl. Let dough rise in a warm place for about an hour and a half.
(If you turn on the oven on warm for a few minutes and then turn it off, you can stick the bowl in the oven which really helps it rise.)
Flour hands and board again, and punch down dough (in bowl). Take it out of the bowl, and knead again for about a minute. Grease two bread pans well. Twist the dough to divine it in half and put in the two greased bread pans. Use your hands to gently shape the dough into the pans. Poke top with a fork a few times and then let rise for about another hour. Cook at 350ºF until top is golden brown. Let cool down for about three minutes.
Bon Appetite! :)
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