June 20th, 2016
Everybody loves the taste of homemade bread when it’s fresh out of the oven, but sometimes bread recipes can be intimidating and time-consuming. Not this one. You don’t even have to knead it. If you’ve never made homemade bread before, this recipe is the place to start because it’s the easiest bread recipe I’ve ever found. And you won’t believe how wonderful it tastes, especially since you hardly put any effort into it. The recipe was shared with me by a friend, but it originally came from the book Favorites by sisters, Grace Ivory Rock and Jane Ivory Metcalf.
You’ll want to start this bread about three hours before serving time, but let me tell ya, there will be plenty of time to paint your nails or wash the car during those three hours because most of that time, the bread is just sitting their rising all by itself.
Just before baking it, you brush the bread with melted butter. And as soon as it comes out of the oven, you brush it with MORE melted butter.
Then serve it warm with EVEN MORE butter, and get ready for the compliments!
Recipe from Favorites/Slightly Adapted by Winner Dinners
Makes 2 loaves.
Start this recipe about 3 hours before serving time.
1 package of yeast
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups flour
Place the yeast, water, sugar and salt in a medium-sized bowl and stir until dissolved. Add the flour and stir until blended. Do not knead. Cover and let rise one hour or until doubled in size. Flour hands, remove dough from the bowl and place in 2 rounds on an oiled cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Let rise an additional hour in a warm spot. (If you aren’t using your stovetop, you can set it there and turn on the overhead light to give it a little bit of warmth.) Brush the top with melted butter and bake at 425 for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 and cook an additional 8 minutes or until bread is done. Remove from the oven and brush again with butter. Serve warm.