This is by request. This and tomorrow's post that is. I was chatting on Facebook about the dinner that I had made on Saturday and I got a couple folks asking me for the recipe.
This is probably the most simple recipe I have ever found for bread. It is merely a Pizza Dough recipe. The way I make the recipe is to toss the ingredients in order into the Bread Machine on the Dough cycle.
Yes, the bread machine. You can actually make it in the mixer with a dough hook, or if you're brave, try it by hand. This dough is pretty much the easiest and most predictable recipe that I have ever come across. It came from a Cookbook that my sister had gotten from one of her friends. I wrote down some of them on little square pieces of paper and have kept them through the last couple of years.
Add the following ingredients in order to the bread machine or mixer:
1 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons of warm water
2 Tablespoons of Oil
3 Cups of Bread Flour
1 Teaspoon of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
2 1/2 Teaspoons of Yeast
I put this on the dough cycle (takes 30 minutes) and allow it to rise for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
When it is risen, bake it at 400 for approximately 20 minutes or until it looks done:
Golden Brown on top
Sounds Hollow when you thump it on the crust
It won't keep too long since it is fresh and there are no nasty preservatives in it.
Variations are pretty simple. I use a light oil like Safflower when I am going to use this for bread. If it is to be used for Pizza Dough then I will use a very dark Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I have also used butter instead of Oil and it turned out interesting.