Don’t you just love the smell of freshly baked bread? It reminds me of being a kid and going down to Water Street with my dad on Sunday mornings. The aroma of fresh baked bread from Whitman’s bakery while spending time with my father is a memory that I will cherish forever.
If you are afraid of making your own home-made bread dough, don’t be. This recipe is super simple. I like to use it to make pizza and rolls for my breakfast sliders. I also keep a fresh batch on hand to whip up some flat breads when unexpected guest arrive. Here is my recipe:
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tbl dired yeast
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
2 tbl melted butter
Combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a large glass bowl. Make a well in the center. Add water and butter. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until well combined. Use your hands to knead the dough together. Move the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Brush a large glass bowl with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl and cover with a damp towel. Set aside in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until the dough has risen double in size.
Punch down the center of the dough with your fist. Knead for an additional 2 minutes or until the dough is elastic and has returned to its original size.