Many people don’t make bread because they think it’s hard to do, or that they don’t have the time. But guess what? Anyone can make homemade bread with pretty close to no effort at all! Best of all, you can save a ton of money, too!
You will ‘knead’: *giggles*
- 6 ½ cups of flour, semi-sifted! (1.625 L)
- 1 ½ tablespoons of instant yeast (22 mL)
- 1 ½ tablespoons of table or fine kosher salt (22 mL)
- 3 cups of lukewarm water (750 mL)
Grab two large bowls and your bag of flour. Scoop about 6 cups into one bowl and grab a whisk to give the flour, and only the flour, a good stir to loosen things up a bit. Now grab a butter knife, a ¼ cup and 1 cup measuring cups and start spooning ¼ cups worth of flour into your 1 cup measuring cup. Use the butter knife to level it off when it’s good and full, but don’t squish the flour! We want it nice and fluffy-like.
After you’ve measured 6 ½ cups of flour into your other bowl, you’ll notice you still have some flour left over from the 6 cups you dumped into the first bowl. Screwy, right? That’s why we fluff and scoop the flour. It prevents the bread from getting too heavy without having to add water and screw everything up.
Fortunately, this was the absolute hardest part! Measure and dump the rest of your dry ingredients into the bowl, give it a quick stir with the whisk then pour in your lukewarm water all at once!
Give the mixture a stir until it’s absorbed the water then dip in your hands and smush it all together until all the flour on the sides of the bowl are in the messy ball you’ve created. It’ll look like a lumpy, yucky pile of goop. That’s perfect! Spray and make a clean bowl all slippy then dump your messy pile of goop in the bowl and cover it up with plastic wrap. Let it sit for two hours. Just ignore it and let it do its thing.
When you’re good and ready, dump your goop on a floured surface, beat the crap out of it and make sure you punch out all of the air, and then break it into two even pieces. After that, slip-up a couple of bread tins and dump your goop piles inside. Let them sit for about half an hour while you preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). All set? Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the top looks a light golden brown.