A great sandwich, toast or French toast starts with really great bread. I love bread. I love a good samich made with really good homemade bread. Today I baked homemade bread. Not sure what kind of samich I will make yet. Hmm-m-m-m…..maybe a chicken salad. Maybe a BLT. Yummy. It is super simple, delicious, melt in your mouth. I know a lot of people are afraid to work with yeast and doughs. But don’t be scared……fear not!! This recipe is super easy. It has a really tender crumb, holds up well to all of your samich fixins and it is very toast-able. Is that a word? Anyway, I’m telling ya, you gotta try this.
1 1/4 cups hot water
2 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 1/2 cups of flour (read carefully, below)**
In a large standing mixing bowl, mix together the hot water, oil, honey and salt. **Add about 1/2 cup of the flour ** to the water mixture. Mix for a few seconds. Add the yeast and mix for about 20 seconds. Switch to a dough hook if you are using a standing mixer. Add enough of the remaining flour, to get a soft dough that all comes together around the hook. You may not need all of the flour. The dough should be soft but not sticky. Continue for about 6 minutes on a medium low speed. Remove the dough from around the dough hook and place the dough ball into an oiled bowl. Cover bowl and let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.
Once the dough rises, heat the oven to 175 degrees. Grease your bread pan with oil. Place the dough in your bread pan, slightly stretching out to fit pan. Place loaf in warm oven for about 1/2 hour or until the dough rises to fill the pan. Then turn the oven up to 350 degrees and cook for about 30 minutes. let it cool, remove from pan and place on baking/cooling rack.