Are you ready to experience the joy of creating warm, freshly baked bread without the need for a bread machine? This recipe brings back the time-honored tradition of handcrafting bread from scratch.
With just a few simple ingredients and some kneading love, you’ll be rewarded with the heavenly aroma of homemade bread filling your kitchen. Get ready to start a bread making adventure that will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and a loaf that’s truly made with love. Let’s roll up our sleeves and uncover the secret to delightful, homemade loaf, all without the need for a machine!
– 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
– 1 1/4 cups warm water
– 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
– 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
– Start by activating the yeast, in a separate bowl mix the yeast with the warm water and sugar and leave it for at least 5 minutes to become frothy and bubbly.
– In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and butter. Then add the activated yeast mixture.
– Make sure both your hands are clean before starting to knead the dough. When it becomes smooth and elastic.
– Shape the dough in the form of a ball, put it in a bowl, then cover the bowl with a damp cloth. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place for around 1 to 1.5 hours.
– Once risen punch the dough to release excess air, then shape it into a loaf by folding the edges under and pinching them together, you can use some flour to help you through the process.
– Place the loaf in a cake mold lined with parchment paper.
– Use a sharp knife to draw the pattern of your choice on the bread loaf.
– Cover the loaf with a damp cloth and leave it to rise again for 30–45 minutes.
– The oven should be preheated to 375 °F.
– Once the loaf has risen, remove the damp cloth and put it in the preheated oven.
– Bake the bread for 25–30 minutes until the crust turns golden brown.
– Once ready, remove it from the oven and leave it to cool entirely before cutting.
There you have it – a delightful homemade that requires no kneading machine. Enjoy the satisfaction of creating your own fresh, warm loaf, filling your home with the aroma of freshly baked goodness!