23 January 2017

Easiest Bread Ever

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Bread is the food of life.

Baking bread takes me to faraway places, like the time we traveled to England, and scones, biscuits, and homemade bread were a part of every meal and table.  It takes me to my favorite Italian restaurants, the crispy yet chewy crusts that absorb those delicious oils and sauces or my favorite butter dense with fresh herbs.  



It is the mainstay of my favorite breakfast, avocado toast.  A hearty piece of bread perfectly toasted, with smashed ripe avocado, olive oil, and salt and pepper sprinkled liberally over all.  The textures, the aroma, the taste buds smiling really big!

I found a recipe on Pinterest for a 5 ingredient bread made in an hour.  Of course this caught my attention and I have tried it several times.  I have made adjustments the recipe based on my personal experiences.  Here you go.


Easiest Bread Ever

2 small envelopes of fast rising yeast
1 T good honey
2 c warm water (as for a baby's bath)
4 c flour
1 1/2 t salt

Preheat oven to 375.

Pour water in a glass bowl.  Add honey and whisk until incorporated.  Add yeast and stir.  Let yeast activate, about 10 minutes.

Sifting the flour isn't necessary, but you might want to stir the flour if it has been sitting in a canister for awhile.  Measure 4 cups into the bowl of your mixer that has been fitted with your dough hook.  Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl and begin mixing on low speed.  Let the dough hook do it's work for about ten minutes or until all flour is incorporated.



Bring the dough to your surface and knead four times, and on that fourth time, form into a long loaf. (I always mess this up and make a round ish loaf, which takes more time to rise and bake!)  Place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Cover with a towel and let rise 20 minutes.  If the bread doesn't look like it has at least doubled in size, let it rise 10 minutes more.  (I take a photo of it before it rises so I can compare)




With a knife, cut slits on top of the bread.  You can brush it with melted butter or olive oil if you want.  Place the bread in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Insert a long toothpick to check for doneness.  It should come out clean.  Remove bread from the oven and let cool on the counter.  Slice and serve.


It is delicious.  

I have added in herbs in a batch, in another I added in garlic powder.  Both were amazing.  

I feel like a baker now!  I can make the bread without a recipe and I love that you can knead it a little.  It turns out every time I make it!

Give it a try, and feel yourself transported to Italy and a baker's shop.  You deserve that!


27 comments :

  1. It looks amazing. I love making bread. I don't have a mixer with a dough hook, do you think it would still turn out ok if I just mixed it and kneaded it more? What about baking it in a Dutch oven? I may just have to try it and see.

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  2. I have always been nervous about making bread at home. It always seemed so complicated. This seems like it is much easier and I might have to give it a try

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  3. I feel like I can smell the yummy bread through the screen. I can't eat it due to my gluten free restriction but it sounds delicious

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  4. Making bread is definitely one of my favorite things. Of course, mine take more than an hour to complete, so I am definitely going to give this a try! I have heard that you technically don't need a second rise, which would dramatically cut back on time, but I have never tested the theory.

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  5. Girl, you ARE a baker after successfully completing this made-from-scratch bread! And it looks delish. I used to make bread in a bread-maker, but havent even done that in a LONG time. You're inspiring me!

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  6. Big bread fan here. I would love to try to make bread on my own. This recipe doesn't seem that hard.

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  7. I think one of my weaknesses is bread - I love it in all it's forms but easy is the best! This looks like a great recipe!

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  8. Yummy this bread looks delicious! One thing I've never tried baking is bread and it seems so simple! I'll have to try this one out!

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  9. I've never made my own bread because it seems to complicated which always put me off. I think I may be able to follow this though so will have to try it out! Looks delish too

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  10. I loveeee baking bread! There's nothing like fresh homemade break and oh the wondrous smell! My dad is from Kansas so bread has always been something close to his heart. I'm supposed to be cutting gluten from my diet but this recipe looks so good I think I'll have to try making it on a cheat day with my dad!

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  11. I've never made bread from scratch myself, but I'm sure that homemade bread tastes SO much better than the store bought stuff!

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  12. I love homemade bread especially when it's easy. I love the added herbs and flavors. Excited to try this for myself!

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  13. Oooh this looks lovely! I used to make all our bread and rolls years back, but now I work more it's difficult to find time.

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  14. Your bread looks delicious! And I love the idea of an easy bread recipe. More things in life need to be this easy. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Woah!!! That is one easy bread recipe!!!!! I just love homemade bread so I might just have to give this a try!

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  16. I am way too lazy to make my own bread it's sad but true. Luckily for me I actually prefer store bought bread to homemade ( I know i'm the only person on the planet)

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  17. Ooh this bread looks so easy! I love making homemade bread! It always on the top of my list to do but it usually takes so long. Ill have to try this one out!

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  18. Oh that bread looks really good and it does sound easy! I love fresh made bread and this is something I have to try.

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  19. This bread look heavenly! I love homemade bread but I don't know if I've ever made it myself before - I'm definitely going to give it a go though :)

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  20. We make a homemade bread with a similar recipe, but I have never put herbs like that on top! My kids love making bread with me, so it's a fun thing to do with them!

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  21. I am not sure, but I think this is the way my husband makes his bread. It is so tasty. I really love it!

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  22. This bread looks so easy to make! I love making pumpkin bread in the fall it is so delicious.

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  23. I would love to try and make my own bread some time. I never have but then again I never knew that it was this easy!

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  24. This looks absolutely delicious! I have tried to make bread from scratch before but yours looks so much better.

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  25. So yummy! I have never made bread, but would love some of this. Do you ship, lol

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  26. I confess that bread is my weakness, and homemade bread is my favorite. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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  27. I've been wanting to make my own bread for years! I really need to get a mixer and dough hook so that I can get started.

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