No bread machine required for this recipe. I'll show you How to Make Country Bread with a Kitchenaid and a loaf pan.
Every so often, I like to make bread. I was totally intimated to make anything with yeast until one day, I got over my fear of yeast-based breads, and decided to make my own homemade pizza dough. From that day forward, I was hooked. Hooked - get it? Like my dough hook? Okay, horrible pun. I will tell you this - I will not knead dough by hand. I do not have the time, the wrist strength, nor the patience. But I will, however, knead dough using my dough hook and Kitchenaid. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I dunno why, but there is something uber satisfying about making dough, letting it rise, punching it down (that's my favorite part), letting it rise again, and then filling your home with the aroma of fresh baked bread. I think I might go make some more right now. My kids love it when I make bread and they beg to have it morning, noon and night. What can I say? They love their bread just like their momma does.
This recipe is your traditional white bread recipe. Nothing healthy about it, but it does taste good. Especially with a thick layer of good old fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwiched in between. If you've recently found that you love cooking with yeast, then you'll definitely want to try my cornmeal rolls, cinnamon rolls, and pretzel dough!
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 6 cups bread flour
- In large bowl of stand mixer, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to get foamy.
- Add salt and oil to yeast mixture and stir to combine.
- Using dough hook while the mixer is running on low speed, add flour, 1 cup at a time, until all 6 cups have been added. Increase speed to medium and knead dough for 5 minutes.
- Place dough in large oiled bowl and roll dough ball around until its covered in the oil. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Punch down dough. Knead for 3 minutes. divide in half and shape into two loaves. Place dough into greased 9x5 inch bread pans. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until the loaves are golden brown. Remove from pans and allow to cool.