This bread is exactly what it says, Easy White Bread! For that reason, it is a bread I make often. It doesn’t require any special skills or technique and was one of the first breads I attempted when I started trying to bake bread at home. Of course, my initial attempts were awful. I had to figure out that I needed to check the quality of my yeast.
Then, most cookbooks tell you to leave the dough to rise for about an hour or some such period. I found out the hard way that the time for the dough to rise depends on room temperature or where you place the dough. So, now I know that whatever time it takes the dough to roughly double in volume is the “time”.
I learnt many other things along the way and now am able to turn out a reasonably decent bread. My daughter and husband call this my “unhealthy” bread. This is because I have a tendency to try and make most of my breads “healthier” by adding whole wheat flour, or bran, or wheat germ, etc.! I have to add that they seem to prefer this “unhealthy” version.
You can substitute 1 cup of all purpose flour with 1 cup of whole wheat flour if you so wish.
Easy White Bread
- 3 cups all purpose flour (+ more flour for dusting)
- 3 tbsps oil
- 1 1/2 tsps active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 tsps sugar
- 2 tsps salt
- Dissolve the sugar in 1 cup warm water and add the yeast. Keep for about 5 minutes till the yeast froths.
- Mix the flour and salt together. Add the yeast mixture, oil and enough water to make a soft and pliable dough. I do this in the food processor and then do a final kneading by hand. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and allow to double in volume, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- Now deflate the risen dough and gently shape into a round. Using a sharp knife slash the top of the round about 1/2" deep or cut a cross. Dust the top of the bread with flour. Allow to rise till almost double, for about an hour.
- Bake at 200C(400F) for about 30 minutes. If tapped on the top the bread will sound hollow, once it is done. Cool on a rack. This is a nice crusty bread with a soft interior and goes wonderfully with hot soup.