Once, a girl told us: “Why do you take so much trouble for making something that’s available for only 10 bucks?” We understood, she will never be a good cook, she will never appreciate the finer things in life and she will probably never invent anything as she is one of those who will never really step out of the ordinary and take trouble to learn, invent and appreciate the everyday, subtle wonders that surrounds us. So, instead we deviated ourselves towards some more bread talk.
Here’s an easy recipe for making easy homemade bread and trust us, it will be no hassle at all and you’ll be thrilled at the result! Here’s how:
- Warm water: 2 cups
- Dry baker’s yeast: 2 tbsp
- Vegetable oil: 4 tbsp
- Sugar: 2 tbsp
- Salt: 2 tbsp
- All-purpose flour: 5 cups
Step 1: Add yeast to 2 cups of water and mix together. Pour in the salt, sugar and oil to the mixture and let it stand for half an hour.
Note: some recipes call for the mixture of salt to the flour and sugar to the yeast. That’s valid too.
Step 2: Grease a loaf pan with very little oil and keep aside.
Step 3: In a bowl, sift flower and add the yeast mixture. Mix it with a fork and gradually add all of the flour to form a ball around your fork. Take it out from the bowl, sprinkle some flour in your kitchen counter and knead it to form a smooth ball.
Step 4: Keep the dough on a clean bowl and cover it with a tea towel to rise. Let it rise for atleast an hour.
Step 5: Punch out all the air from the risen dough, give it another knead and in the shape you’d want, shape it up, place in your baking tray and let it rise for another half an hour to 45 minutes.
Step 6: Give it an egg wash (See recipe below) using a brush and pop it in the preheated oven in 425 F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Home baked bread is ready to be served!!!
Egg wash recipe: One egg, 2-4 tbsp of water. Whisk it briskly and keep aside.