About a month or so ago when we went to Idaho, we went to Derek's home ward for church and everything. During Relief Society the provident living leader in the ward challenged everyone to learn how to make a loaf of bread. Which is a really practical thing to learn how to do in case of a disaster, or snow storm and we're not able to get to a store... we should at least be able to make bread so we don't starve. So, today we were all out of bread and I thought it would be an ample opportunity for me to practice my provident living skills.
Before going in the oven
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1 packet active yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup veg. oil
3 cups AP bread flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water. After the sugar is dissolved, stir in the yeast, and allow the mixture to "proof" until the yeast resembles a creamy foam.
- Into the yeast mixture, add the salt and the oil. Gradually mix in the flour, only one cup at a time. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and place in a well oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled in bulk. This usually takes about one hour.
- After the dough has finished rising, knead for a few minutes. Shape dough into a loaf shape, and place in well oiled, 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Allow the dough to rise for 30 more minutes, or until dough has risen about 1 inch above the pans. (mine took about another hour)
- Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- place on cooling rack to cool.
Recipe adapted from: here