Basic Homemade Bread |

Basic Homemade Bread

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

3 tablespoons sugar plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar

2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)

1 tablespoon salt

6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons canola oil

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in warm water; let stand until bubbles form on surface.

Whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, salt and 3 cups flour.

Stir oil into yeast mixture; pour into flour mixture and beat until smooth.

Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes.

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.

Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half.

Shape each into a loaf.

Place in 2 greased 9×5-in. loaf pans.

Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Bake at 375° until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped or has reached an internal temperature of 200°, 30-35 minutes.

Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.


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