So this is just a super simple little recipe… it makes one loaf… you can easily double it to make two loaves. I like to do that if I’m making it closer to the weekend… then I have an extra loaf to make some yummy weekend french toast for the family. If you think baking bread is hard then start with this recipe here… It doesn’t get much easier than this!
I pull this one together any time I know we’ll be eating Italian! Its full of flavor and sure beats paying $3-$5 for a loaf at the grocery store! I think this loaf cost me about 5-10 cents to make!
For step by step tutorial please see the following photos…
Printable recipe below as well 🙂
- 1 cup warm water 110-120 degrees
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2½ teaspoons yeast
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 3 cups flour
- In a mixing bowl add sugar and water. Stir to dissolve sugar and sprinkle with yeast. Let set 5 minutes or until foamy.
- Add oil, salt and half of the flour. Stir to combine.
- Change to dough hook if your using a mixer and add remaining flour. If you are not using a mixer that's okay just use a wooden spoon.
- Pull out and knead into a ball.
- Place in greased bowl flipping to cover both side.
- Cover and let rise 1 hour.
- Punch down and let it rise again... about 30 minutes.
- Pull out and flatten out into a rectangle.
- "Jelly" roll it up and tuck the ends under pinching gently.
- Place on greased baking sheet *sprinkle sheet with cornmeal
- Cover and let rise 30-60 minutes
- Pre heat oven to 375 degrees
- *brush with egg was for harder crust
- Give it a couple quick swipes with a serrated knife
- Bake for 25 minutes
- If you didn't do the egg wash then brush with some butter
Try making them as sandwich rolls too… just cut the bake time back a bit… Or try this recipe: Easy French Bread Rolls