Who doesn’t love a slice of warm, homemade bread? I made my first ever loaf of bread using this recipe that I got from TasteOfHome.com, and I think it turned out very well for my first time.
*Active Dry Yeast (1 package, or 1/4 ounce)
*Salt (1 tbsp)
*Warm Water (2 1/4 cups)
*Canola or Olive Oil (2tbsp) (Although the original recipe calls for canola oil, I used olive oil instead, and found that it has a much softer, sweeter taste.)
*All Purpose Flour (6 1/4 cups)
*Sugar (3 tbsp.)
1.) In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
2.)Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
3.)Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
4.)Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).