This easy white bread recipe is fast and crazy delicious. It comes out soft and light and is so easy to make you will not go back to store-bought.
Keyword: baking, easy, quick
1EnvelopeActive dry yeast1/4 ounce
1cupWarm waterApprox. 115 degrees Fahrenheit
2-3cupAll-purpose flourhave 1 extra cup of flour ready to add if needed. We usually end up adding an additional half cup during the kneading process.
Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar into the bowl of stand mixer. Let stand for approx. 5 minutes until yeast begins to bloom (foamy, frothy).
Add 2 cups flour, kosher salt, and olive oil to bowl and mix on slow for 1 to 2 minutes until combined well.
Turn the mixer up a bit faster but slower than medium and gradually add more flour until bread begins to leave the sides of the bowl and pull together. The dough will appear shaggy at first but then will become smooth.
Turn the mixer to medium and beat for 10 minutes then transfer to a greased bowl and allow to rise until doubled. Depending on the warmth of your kitchen, this can take between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Using your fingers, press into dough to punch it down and allow to rest for another 10 minutes.
Turn your dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape into 8" loaves - make a rectangle with your dough. Fold in each corner of the dough then from the top fold 1/3 of the way down. Repeat until it's all folded into itself and seal the seam by pinching the dough. Fold in each end and pinch closed.
Place loaf into greased 9 x 5 baking pan and allow to rise until doubled.
Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
This recipe is for one loaf of white bread. To double, just double each ingredient.