When I go to the grocery store to shop for bread, I get pretty frustrated with the options. I know I live in a small town, but there are still probably 30 different options of bread, and every single one of them is loaded with junk. Even the whole wheat bread that claims to be “all natural, no preservatives, and healthy” contains over 40 ingredients, and some mighty questionable ones at that.
But I’ll let you in on a secret… bread is incredibly easy to make. It takes 5 ingredients, about 10 minutes of active work, and another 30 minutes of bake time, and you have hot, fresh bread, ready for the dinner table. The other great thing about baking your own fresh bread is the wonderful fragrance that permeates your home while you bake it. It smells homey, inviting, and warm.
I have an easy yeast bread recipe that I want to share today.
Easy Yeast Bread Recipe
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2.5 cups unbleached flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
In a small bowl, combine water and yeast. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the flour, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Add in yeast and oil, and mix together. Knead for 5 minutes, adding more flour if necessary, and then cover with a damp towel. Allow to rise until double its size, about 30 minutes. Punch dough down, then transfer to a greased bread loaf pan and allow it to rise, until it has reached the top of the pan.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
You can bake it as a whole loaf in a bread loaf pan, and slice it for sandwiches, or you can divide them up into balls and make homemade rolls from this easy yeast bread recipe.
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Do you bake your own bread? What is your favorite easy yeast bread recipe?
*This recipe and many other great ones are linked up at Feeding Big’s In and Out of the Kitchen and Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange!
Lois Hathaway says
After testing my yeast to see how fresh it was, I decided to use it right then but needed a quick bread recipe. I had pinned this one but had never made it. Came together so fast and I couldn’t be more pleased by the result. My family and I loved it toasted for breakfast and it made awesome grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Not a big fan of white bread, but this was absolutely delicious and will be in my rotation from now on!! Thank you, Andrea!!
Pamela Danner says
Thank you for this incredible easy recipe! I have a loaf in the oven right now and it smells wonderful! I will be making this a lot!
Lou micardi says
Great recipe! I use this all the time and make bread at least 4 times a week. My family loved it and I know whats in it. I also use this recipe to make dinner rolls every Sunday! Best ever
jon dough says
Made it! After punching it down, I made it into cinnamon swirl bread. Delicious & simple. Thanx for posting!
Grocery store bread is so full of junk. Thanks for the easy recipe! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.