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Easiest bread ever

When I started making my own bread, I went through a lot of trial and error. I really had no idea what I was doing. Over time though, I began to pick up the skill and tested it out with new and exciting things. This basic bread recipe is still one of my favorites. I tend to make this a few times a month still. I would probably make it more often, but it is just too good and I am sure I would gain a few pounds if I did so! If you haven’t made your own bread before, I hope this recipe inspires you to give it a try!

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Detailed instructions:

Step 1:

In a medium bowl, add your sugar, water and yeast. Stir together and then add flour and salt and mix until combined. Sprinkle some flour over the top and along the sides, cover with kitchen towel and leave it to rise for 1 hour. Before you cover it, it will look something like this:

Step 2:

Pour (or gently scrape if need be) your dough out onto a floured surface and pull the sides of dough and fold inward to the center. It will look like a little packet when you are finished  Like this:

 

Step 3:

Flip your dough over, sprinkle with flour again and shape into a round shape- transfer onto wax paper and place in new bowl. (If you want more of a flat, less concave bread, leave it on the flat surface- this style is great for dipping etc) Cover it again and let it rise for another hour.

Step 4:

Place your dutch oven into your oven and set the heat to 425 degrees.  Once the oven has come to temperature, place the dough (with the wax paper) into the dutch oven and replace the lid. If you want your crust to be extra crispy on the outside, change the heat setting to 450 and follow the rest of the recipe exactly the same.

Step 5:

Cook for 30 minutes and then remove the lid and wax paper and cook for 10 more minutes. Don’t worry, this is a lot easier than it seems, trust me! You are in charge of how dark you want your crust to be, so take a peek after 5 minutes and again before you pull it out at 10 minutes to make sure that its as dark as you would like.

 

Finally:

Remove from heat and transfer to wooden board to cool.

Slice the bread after cooling and enjoy!

 

Serve with your favorite soup, spaghetti or just on its own! Here are a few of my own recipes I have made this bread with!

Chicken soup

Mushroom tortellini soup

Jazzed up spaghetti sauce

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A dutch oven is, of course, a must have for any baker. It took me many years to finally acquire one, but if I could, I would go back and get one sooner! Dutch ovens are vital for bread making and cooking anything in the oven under very high heat.

Wooden cutting boards are great for so many different things and I always use them for slicing up my bread. In fact, if you take a look at many of my photos, they are taken on a wooden cutting board just like this one!

 

 

It is always important to have good thick oven mitts when pulling things out of the oven at high temperatures. BUT it is also important (well to me anyway haha) to have a cute little matching set in your kitchen. I got 2 sets so have double of everything!

Easiest bread ever

Bread
By Kelsie Rudnick Serves: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 3 hours

Have you always wanted to try making your own bread? Easiest bread ever is the perfect starter recipe. This simple and hands off recipe is a perfect pairing with soups or just a nice oil and balsamic vinegar combination.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1 packet of active yeast )2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/4 cups of warm water (to about 110 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

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1. In a medium bowl, add sugar, water and yeast. Stir together and then add flour and salt and mix until combined.

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2. Sprinkle flour over the top and along sides, cover with kitchen towel and leave to rise for 1 hour.

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3. pour dough out onto floured surface and pull the sides of dough and fold inward to the center.

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4. Flip dough over and sprinkle with flour and shape into a round shape- transfer onto wax paper and place in new bowl. Cover and let rise for another hour.

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5. Place your dutch oven into your oven and set the heat to 425 degrees.

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6. Once the oven has come to temperature, place the dough (with the wax paper) into the dutch oven and replace the lid.

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7. Cook for 30 minutes and then remove the lid and wax paper and cook for 10 more minutes.

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8. Remove from heat and transfer to wooden board to cool.

Notes

If you want a more crisp crust, cook at 450 instead of 425

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Mimi
    April 16, 2020 at 11:19 am

    I’ve been loving making my own bread lately so I’ll definitely give this a go!

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    Inspiration is a woman
    April 16, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    It seems delicious! So traditional! So healthy! Especially for the kids!!!

  • Reply
    Traci Weinhart
    April 16, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Making homemade bread is something that I have been wanting to do for awhile. I just never seem to have the time or energy. This recipe looks so simple that it doesn’t require a lot of time or energy. Going to give it a try asap. Thanks for such great directions.

    • Reply
      kelsie@thethriftykitchen.com
      April 17, 2020 at 8:34 am

      I can’t wait to hear all about it! Please do share how it turned out for you

  • Reply
    Amy
    April 16, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    We are gluten free so I have always been too scared to try making bread! I need to try like you and just do trial and error til we figure it out!

  • Reply
    Amber
    April 17, 2020 at 5:51 am

    Yummm. Nothing better than some homemade bread and such a simple recipe!

  • Reply
    Melinda Cummings
    April 17, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Sounds delicious!
    Now I just have to wait for yeast to be available again lol

    • Reply
      kelsie@thethriftykitchen.com
      April 17, 2020 at 8:33 am

      Who knew that would be a problem, right?!

  • Reply
    Ainsley
    April 17, 2020 at 6:32 am

    This is perfect bread for butter and jam and a morning cup of coffee!

  • Reply
    Shayla Marie
    April 17, 2020 at 7:10 am

    I’ll try this! It looks super easy and I think my family would love this bread.

  • Reply
    Nadalie Bardo
    April 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Hello delicious bread that I can make at home without going outside! I can’t wait to try this. Looks SO easy!

  • Reply
    Amber
    April 17, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Homemade bread is the absolute best! Love how easy this recipe is!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    April 19, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it out!

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