As you may or may not remember, one of my New Year’s goals is to learn how to use yeast, and make 4 “bread-like” things from scratch. This is #2 (see #1 here!). And guess what? I am rapidly becoming a domestic goddess, making productive use of my spare time, and tricking people into being friends with me via temptation of freshly-baked goods. It’s a win-win-win scenario. Everyone is happy.
Last Saturday, I woke up and was like: “yo, I should totally make bread, right now, before I get dressed or rub the sleep out of my eyes or eat anything at all! I should do that! That’s a great idea!” Don’t try to understand me, it ain’t ever gonna happen. So then, of course, I did. I still had bread flour + instant yeast left over from making pizza dough, so that was pretty convenient.
I used this amazing recipe that I found on Pinterest, called One Hour bread. It’s called that because it only takes 1 hour to make, from start to finish, including rising and baking time. Can you believe it? The bread was *incredibly* easy to make, and came out almost exactly as it was supposed to, except that I apparently don’t have much of a natural talent for properly slashing the top of loaves of bread. And it was perfectly cooked, chewy and soft, and tasted pretty good if I do say so myself.
If you have the fear of bread (as I did, and still do), start with this recipe. It seems pretty foolproof, which makes it great for beginners like me. It also doesn’t require any special loaf pans or very much time. And it produces 2 loaves of bread that are perfect for sharing over brunch, eating with cherry jam and butter, making sandwiches, or ripping tiny pieces off of throughout your busy schoolweek.