Homemade Bread

Poppop’s Easy Homemade Bread

Poppop’s Easy Homemade Bread

I include a link back to this recipe in just about every recipe that I post. That’s because we have it every night with dinner. It’s great to have fresh homemade bread whenever we want.

The best part about this recipe is that when you come in after a busy day and you want some fresh, warm, out of the oven, homemade bread. It’s ready in minutes. But, to have the dough on hand you first you have to make it. But, it’s easy!

How to Make Your Homemade Bread

 

Warm up one cup of good water (bottled or filtered) in the microwave or on the stove. It’s going to have to be just a little warmer than body temp but not so hot that you can’t leave your finger in it. The warmer the water the faster the dough will rise. But, if it’s too hot it will kill the yeast and it won’t rise at all. Put it in a medium sized mixing bowl

Add a rounded tbsp. of yeast, a level teaspoon of salt (more or less), about a tbsp. of good olive oil (optional) and a pinch of sugar (optional). Whisk it up until the yeast and salt have dissolved then let it sit for five minutes or so until tiny bubbles (isn’t that an old song?) start to appear on the surface. About five minutes.

010Add two cups of flour. With a large cooks spoon mix and then fold in the flour until it wants to turn into dough.

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Add more flour if needed to be able to fold and then knead the dough just enough to get it mixed well and formed into a ball.

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Put a dry towel over the bowl. Some folks cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap. Some folks do it the old fashioned way with a towel . You’re the chef do it which ever way YOU want to. Place it in a warm spot where there are no drafts. On the counter top next to the stove works good.

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Let it sit until it has puffed up to about double in size, forty five minutes to 2 hours. Usually an hour works okay. There have been times when we have been in a crunch and have twisted off a wad of the dough after maybe ten minutes, when it just started to show a little life. It worked! Anyway, Have your oven preheated to 400°.

 

After it’s risen punch it down and take as much as you need for tonight’s supper. Form your loaf any way you want it. Spread some corn meal or flour on your pizza stone or baking sheet and lay your dough out on it. 

It’ll be done when you tap on the bottom of the loaf and it sounds hollow and when the crust is as dark and crusty as you like it.

poppop's eeeeasy homemade bread

 

You could slice up the loaf and save the slices that you don’t use tonight in a zip lock bag in the freezer.

Homemade Bread

Or, you could use just what you need tonight and put the rest in a plastic container that has a snap lid. It’ll be waiting for you.

And, for the next few days you can grab some out of the fridge, form it into a small loaf or roll and put it in the toaster oven for some homemade, fast, warm and fresh bread right out of the oven with your dinner.

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You could double the amounts so there would be even more dough for fresh homemade bread on hand.

 

 

Homemade Bread

Poppop's Eeeeasy homemade bread

Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: bread, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
rising time - average: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
An easy to do, bread or pizza dough recipe
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 rounded tbsp. dry yeast
  • 1 level tsp. salt or a little more or a little less
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil optional
  • 1 pinch sugar optional
  • 2 cups flour plus more for handling

Instructions

  • Warm up one cup of good water (bottled or filtered) in the microwave or on the stove. It's going to have to be warmer than body temp but not hot hot. Not so hot that you can't leave your finger in it. 30The warmer the water the faster the dough will rise but if it's too hot it will kill the yeast and it won't rise at all. Put it in a medium sized mixing bowl and add a rounded tbsp. of yeast, a level tsp. of salt (more or less), about a tbsp. of good olive oil (optional) and a pinch of sugar (optional). Whisk it up until the yeast and salt have dissolved then let it sit for five minutes or so until tiny bubbles (isn't that an old song?) start to appear on the surface. Add two cups of flour. With a large cooks spoon mix and then fold in the flour until it wants to turn into dough.
    Add more flour if needed to be able to fold and then knead the dough just enough to get it mixed well and formed into a ball.
  • Put a dry towel over the bowl . Some folks cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap . Some folks do it the old fashioned way with a towel . You're the chef do it whichever way YOU chose. Place it in a warm spot where there are no drafts. On the counter top next to the stove works good. Let it sit until it has puffed up to about double in size, forty five minutes to 2 hours. Usually about an hour works. There have been times when we have been in a crunch and have twisted off a wad of the dough after maybe ten minutes, when it had just started to show a little life. It worked! . Anyway, after it's risen punch it down and take as much as you need for tonight's supper. Have your oven preheated to 400 deg. Form your loaf any way you want it. Spread some corn meal or flour out on the sheet. Lay your loaf on the baking sheet and put it in the oven. It'll be done when you tap on the bottom of the loaf and it sounds hollow or when the crust is as dark and crusty as you like it.
  • Put the rest of the dough in a plastic container that has a snap lid. It'll waiting for you.
    Then for the next few days you can grab some out of the fridge and put it in the oven for some homemade, fast, warm and fresh bread right out of the oven with your dinner.
    You could double the amounts so there would be even more dough on hand waiting for you.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you! Bake it about 25-35 minutes. depends on the loaf size and shape. I use regular old yeast that I get in large amounts not individual packets. If I have the time I let the loaf sit for about ten minutes after I shape it, but, if not I just put it in the oven as soon as it is shaped. I couldn’t tell when looking at the finished product which happened.

  2. 5 stars
    how long do you bake it and can you sue instant yeast after you shape loaf do you also let that rise

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