Bread is all-time favorite food for many Americans, and homemade bread, perhaps, has no competitors. Made using only 5 ingredients, this delicious homemade bread will soon become a stable in your urban homestead kitchen.
All you need for this French bread is 1 1/4 th cup of warm water (not boiling!), a pinch of sugar (can use sucanat, if available), 3 ½ cups wheat flour (can use half wheat, whole wheat or half white as well), 1 ½ teaspoons dry yeast, and salt to taste.
- Take a large bowl, mix the yeast and sugar in warm water until the mixture dissolves completely.
- Now, add salt, and gently stir in flour into this mixture.
- Make sure there are no lumps and that the mixture is not chunky.
- The amount of flour required will depend on the water and your mixing technique. All you have to do is make the dough soft, pliable and non-sticky.
- Gently knead the dough, until the dough becomes soft and elastic.
- You can cover the dough with a wet kitchen towel for about an hour to make sure that the dough rises or doubles up in size.
- Divide the entire dough into two halves and roll each of these halves into rectangular shape.
- Slowly roll the rectangle by pinching the ends to seal the opening. Bring this into a nice ‘log’ shape.
- The seams have to stick and sit down; however, if they don’t, simply moisten your fingers with water and reseal the seams carefully. Make sure it sits together firmly; otherwise, it will start to unravel during the baking process.
- Prepare an egg wash, by beating an egg and mixing it with one tablespoon of water. Egg wash will give your bread the much needed color and finish.
- In your 375 degrees pre-heated oven, plop the loaves carefully.
- Before putting the bread loaves into the oven, make sure you brush the bread evenly with egg wash and make four professional (and diagonal slashes across the bread loaves).
- Now, bake this for about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool down the homemade bread for some time before devouring it.
Following these 13 steps, you will be ready to start making homemade bread. Please share your bread pictures in the comments below (if any).
Originally posted 2020-07-11 17:36:45.