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Fresh Bread

Hello, my name is Johanna and I love bread. Yep, bread is my #2 weakness when it comes to food. Chocolate of course being my #1 🙂 Not much makes my mouth water and tummy growl like the smell of freshly baked bread. I love the way it makes my house smell like a bakery and the sweet yeasty taste. I even told my running partner/amazing friend that I should get a running shirt that says, “I run because I love carbs.” All this just so you know, because I love bread so much I’m not just giving you any old bread recipe… no this is my favorite bread recipe that I make almost weekly! Yep, there are not words good enough for how scrumptious and easy this bread is.

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Ingredients:

2 packages of active dry yeast
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups warm water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 2/3 cup flour

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First pour the warm water, yeast and sugar in your mixing bowl and stir. It will look like this.

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Let it sit for about 5 minutes and it will foam up like and look like this.

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Now mix in the oil and salt. Then add 3 cups of flour and stir until well blended. Add the remaining flour and knead for about 4 minutes. I used my dough hook on my stand mixer. Coat the bowl in olive oil and the top of the dough. It will look like this.

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I turn my oven on warm for about 1 minute and the turn it off leaving the oven light on I place the bowl inside and shut the door to let it rise. After an hour it will have doubled and look like this.

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Then gently pick it up and split in half. This makes 2 nice loaves. Most of the time I make one regular loaf and then one cheese loaf. For the regular loaf just shape and place in a greased loaf pan. For the cheese loaf I roll out into a long rectangle shape and put cheese(I used cheddar) across the top.

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Then I slowly roll from one end.

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Until it is a loaf shape.

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Then I place it into a greased loaf pan also.

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I let them rise again in the oven with just the oven light warmth for another 20 minutes. Then I bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely on a cooling rack.

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Then for the best part! Slice and eat 🙂 I just love the spiral of cheese throughout the cheese loaf.

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Well that’s it! Two hours to two loaves of fresh bread 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Johanna

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About crazyblessedlife

I'm a mother of two adorable girls only 11 months apart, and a sweet little boy. I'm madly in love with being their mommy. My husband is a youth minister and we love serving God together with our lives. I am passionate about being a stay-at-home mother and homemaker, its such an exciting, exhausting and rewarding job!

Discussion

6 thoughts on “Fresh Bread

  1. What do you mean, you turn the oven on to warm? As in you set it to 350 and shut it off a minute later?

    Posted by Kayla | March 8, 2013, 9:26 pm
  2. What kind of flour do you like to use? I assume it is all purpose and not self-rising.

    Posted by Kathy | March 16, 2013, 7:54 pm
  3. These loaves look delish! Would I have to change anything in the recipe if I used whole wheat flour?

    Posted by Tracey | March 29, 2013, 8:47 am
  4. Hi! I dont honestly remember how I stumbled onto your site (pinterest maybe?), but I had saved this link months ago- I tried your recipe during a snow day this week and it. was. amazing! Best bread I have EVER made! And probably forgiving, since my two year old helped with the measuring – so i’m sure we were a little off : )

    Thanks so much for sharing! I have the extra loaf in the freezer so we don’t eat it all too fast!

    Posted by Alicia | March 6, 2014, 7:54 am

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