There are few things in this world more comforting than home-made bread. The smell of bread baking in the oven immediately takes me back to my childhood, it brings back many fond memories of simpler times, when my mom would be the one spending all day in the kitchen, and I would just be doing... well, whatever I felt like doing. Fast forward 2 decades, and now I'm the mom spending my days in the kitchen - not that I'm complaining :)

This is my most used bread recipe, it pairs so well with soups and stews, but it's also delicious served on it's own - with butter melting into it. Yum.

This recipe makes 2 loaves,it's quick to whip up, but it does require some proofing time.

Ingredients: 
  • 500ml warm water
  • 10g instant yeast
  • 15ml sugar
  • 45ml oil
  • 5ml salt
  • +- 5 to 5 1/2 cups flour

Method:

  • Start with a bowl big enough for your dough, add the water and then add the yeast and sugar to the water and stir.
  • Add in the oil and salt (or you can add the salt to the flour).
  • Now start mixing in the flour, about a cup at a time. Add about 4 1/2 cups of flour, and from there add flour as needed to form your dough. This dough is quite soft and sticky, but it should be firm enough to be handled without running out of your hands. I find that I generally use the whole 5 1/2 cups of flour.
  • Knead dough until it's smooth and stretchy, about 10 minutes.
  • Then cover with plastic wrap and let it sit somewhere warm for about 45 minutes, until it's doubled in size.
  • Then punch down your dough, and form 2 loaves (they don't have to be perfect) on a greased baking sheet.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for a further 30-45 minutes.
  • Then take some kitchen scissors and make horizontal snips along the tops of the loaves, about 2cm apart.
  • Now your loaves are ready to go into the preheated oven, and bake at 180C for +- 30 minutes. If you want a crunchier crust, brush your loaves with an egg wash before baking.





Thank you for stopping by, please let me know if you decide to bake your own bread ♥ Your jeans might hate you for it, but it's worth it 
xoxo Adel