Making bread from scratch may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! With a few simple steps and ingredients, you can make delicious homemade bread that will impress your family and friends. Here’s how:
How To Make Bread
1. Gather the necessary ingredients:
All-purpose flour, active dry yeast, sugar or honey (for sweetness), salt (to taste), butter or oil (for added flavor) and warm water.
2. Activate the yeast:
In a large bowl combine 1/4 cup of warm water with 2 teaspoons of sugar or honey then sprinkle in one packet of active dry yeast over top; stir until combined then let sit for 10 minutes until foamy on top – this activates the yeast so it can do its job later on when baking your bread!
3. Add remaining ingredients to bowl & mix together:
Once activated add in two cups all-purpose flour along with 1 teaspoon salt; mix everything together using either a wooden spoon or stand mixer fitted with dough hook attachment – just ensure that all lumps are eliminated before proceeding further down our list of instructions here.
4. Knead & shape into loaf:
Turn out onto lightly floured surface area then knead for about 8 minutes – adding more flour if needed during process -until dough is smooth yet still slightly sticky at same time; once done shaping into desired size round loaf place onto greased baking sheet lined parchment paper cutouts underneath as well…
5. Let rise & bake:
Cover loosely with plastic wrap sprayed nonstick cooking spray allowing some air circulation while rising which should take around an hour depending on temperature outside etcetera ; after risen preheat oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit before placing inside bake 20-25 minutes rotating halfway through cook time remove when golden brown enjoy hot right away store leftovers covered tightly refrigerator up several days reheat microwave slice serve spread favorite toppings like jam butter cream cheese slices cold cuts etcetera.