Country Loaf

This recipe makes two loaves of bread.

Get two bowls, one for wet and one for dry. In the larger of the two bowls, mix the "wet" ingredients

  • 2 cups hot water (around 100 F, typically hot on your kitchen tap)

  • 1.5 to 2 Tbsp of Active Dry Yeast (read the label)

  • 1/4 cup of sugar

Wait for a "head" to form on the yeast water mixture to ensure your yeast works. Once you see a "head," add the following:

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

In the dry bowl, sift out 6 cups of flour.

  • 6 cups of bread flour

Add one cup of flour into the "wet" bowl until you have mixed in all the flour. Turn the dough on a lightly floured board or counter and knead the bread for about 5 minutes until smooth.

Place dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover and let rise until doubles in size, about one hour.

  • Turn the oven on and preheat to 350 F.

Punch down the dough and knead for about 3 minutes. Split in half and shape two loaves. Place in the bread pan of choice and let rise for 30 minutes.