Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh baked bread. This simple recipe is good to learn how to bake a basic bread. This recipe is a combination of recipes and techniques that I used to eventually come up with this simple and fool proof basic white bread. The recipes gives you a foundation that you can build on later by adding other things like spices or herbs or experiment with mixing different flours. It’s great for sandwiches or to use for French Toast.
-2 cups (227 grams) white wheat flour
-1 TBSP. (15 ml)sugar
-1 tsp. (5 ml) salt
-1 TBSP. (15 ml) butter or vegetable shortening, soft at room temperature
-3/4 cups (175 ml) warm water or milk, your choice or use a mixture of half water and half milk
-1 small packet of active yeast
-1 bread pan, or cookie sheet
2. In a separate large bowl combine the the flour and salt combine, then make a well in the center of the bowl and add the egg and soft butter and slowly add the yeast and water/milk mixture. With your hands start combining all the ingredients, keep kneading the dough until it forms a smooth texture. , *see photo below*
3. Continue kneading for a total of about 10 minutes, you will feel the air starting to build in the dough. Next prepare the dough pan or cookie sheet by either using parchment paper or using a little oil cover the entire inside of the pan, then dust with a little flour to again cover the inside , but just a light dusting. (this prevents the bread from sticking and can be removed easier.) Next you need to shape the bread, either in a circular form or shape into a loaf and place on the sheet or in the pan.