- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes.
- Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Reviews forBasic Homemade Bread
"Really yummy, and easy to make. I'd recommend halving the salt though."
"I keep yeast in the freezer and use as needed. I'm using yeast from my freezer now that is over five years old. Still very active."
"I’m new to making homemade bread and have a question. I tried this and followed this recipe exactly, the top and bottom of loaf were brown and baked well, but the middle was still too doughy to eat. What can I do? Thanks!!"
"Old yeast isn't necessarily dead. I've used rapid rise yeast that's close to 8 months beyond the expiration date and it worked perfectly. However, if the yeast was stored in a warm area either in your home or in a warehouse somewhere along the line, that could kill it long before the expiration date. Dissolving it in water that's too hot will do it in too. Best to have the water 105? to 110?. If you set it out to rise is in a cold room, that will prevent any rising. I warm the oven a bit before I start and turn it off after a minute or so when it's around 100?. That seems to work well for rising. If the dough doesn't rise even after it's set in the oven to bake, then the yeast was dead."
"Shareel, it could be that you had old yeast. If it is old, your bread won't rise whatever you do. I would suggest trying the recipe again with fresh (new) yeast that hasn't expired."