Even if bread isn’t your thing, which let’s be frank here, it’s everyones thing; Then bake this just to make your house smell great…Then try to tell me that you didn’t eat the whole thing in one go! haha
1 tsp. sugar OR 1 Tbsp Liquid Honey dissolved in 1 1/3 C warm water
2 tsp. active dry yeast
4 C White Bread Flour (works just as well with All Purpose Flour, but may require a slightly longer rise)
1 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle your yeast on top of the sugar or honey-water mix and set aside for 10-15 minutes until bubbly and frothy
In a large bowl mix the flour and salt together. Create a well in the center and pour in your yeast liquid mixture as well as the olive oil. Mix this all together
3. Put on some peaceful music and knead the dough for about 10 minutes until soft, elastic and smooth to the touch. Enjoy this process, it’s very therapeutic! Plus, it’s good for your hands and arms. As someone with multiple finger surgeries from rugby, I find this process very helpful to my injuries. Tell me below if this helps strengthen your hands too…
4. Coat the dough with a thin layer of oil all over and leave in a large bowl covered with a damp towel or plastic wrap in a warm, dark area until it has doubled in size. This should take about 1.5-2 hours. You’ll know when it is done, when you press your finger slightly into the top and it springs back to you
5. Mold the dough into a round/oval size shape and place on your lined baking sheet. Lay your cloth over top to proof for it’s second time. Again, this is about an hour. Preheat your oven to 425F during your last proof. Mine takes about 15 minutes to fully heat up. Remove the cloth, slash cuts across the top on a diagonal and bake for about 30 minutes until the bottom is crusty and sounds hollow when knocked!
6. Cool on a wire rack (if you can) before you tear into it, slather it with butter and enjoy!
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