I love fall for so many reasons. It's really wet here in Washington state so the evenings are cold and damp, just perfect for a fire in the fireplace and a steaming pot of homemade soup. So of course what goes better with soup? Fresh hot homemade bread. If the thought of making yeast bread scare you at all, look no further. This is a foolproof method to build your break baking confidence. I hope you enjoy it.
1 package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons of bulk yeast)
2 cups warm water, divided (not hot, just warm to the touch)
4 cups all purpse flour (I've used half white and half wheat before with good results)
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon of butter melted
Topping : poppy seeds, garlic bread seasoning, parmesan cheese, dehydrated onion, cinnamon and sugar (your choice)
Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water.
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and sugar
Pour in the yeast mixture and remaining 1 cup of warm water. Stir until combined.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. (I usually heat my oven up for 2 minutes making sure I can still touch the sides with my bare hand without burning myself, then turn the oven off)
Stir dough down to release the air. Divide dough in half and place each half in a greased 1 quart round casserole or ovenproof bowl. Brush tops with melted butter and add topping of your choice.
Let rise again in a warm place until doubled. (about 45 minutes) Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Remove from pans to cool on wire rack. Makes 2 loaves.
These freeze really well in a gallon freezer bag and, drumroll please, cost 46 cents per loaf.
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