We use a stand mixer to make our bread dough but you can mix and knead the dough by hand if you want. We first combine 1 ½ cups of luke warm water with 1 tsp. of yeast and 1 tsp. of sugar. You have to let that mixture set for 10 minutes while the yeast activates. We found that microwaving tap water for 30 seconds on high will produce the right temperature.
After the yeast has activated (there should be a beige puffy looking cloud on top of the water) you can add 2 ½ cups of flour and start mixing. Then add the 2 tsp. of salt. Knead this mixture for about minute or until the dough stops sticking to the bowl.
Remove the dough from the bowl and let it sit covered in a container (can be anything from a bowl with towel on top to plastic container with lid) for two hours. After two hours the dough should have doubled in size.
This is our go to bread recipe & gets repurposed for many things in our kitchen, here are some options:
Dough will make two baguettes, loosely form the dough into two baguettes and let sit for another 20 minutes on an oil sprayed baking sheet, ( a cookie sheet or bread pan will work great) then place in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 28 minutes. After which you can brush the top with water to get a crispy crust and then bake for another 7 minutes or until golden brown.
Place dough into an oil sprayed glass or metal baking dish with sides and let it sit for 20 minutes. After which you will place the dish into the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
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