Simple and Easy Bread Recipe

We were snowed in this past weekend, nothing like a few days of forced retreat to give you a good reason to try out some recipes.  I'm happy to say that this one was a winner (with a few modifications of course!). 
If you are looking for a good, easy, no-knead bread recipe, this is it!
I like to start by running hot water over my mixing bowl to take the chill off of it.  
1 teaspoon sugar
1 package dry yeast 
1/4 cups warm water (same temperature that you would give a baby!)
1 cup warm water 
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt

Dissolve sugar and yeast in 1/4 cup warm water in your warmed mixer bowl with the dough hook attachment; let stand 5 minutes.

Add flour, water and salt.  Mix on med speed until dough is smooth and elastic.

Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel and place in a warm place for 45 minute or until doubled in size.  Punch down, let rise another 30 minutes.  Punch down, let rise 10 minutes. 

Roll out into a 7 by 14in or so rectangle and then roll up starting from the 7in side. 
Place seam side down, into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.

Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Uncover dough; gently brush with a beaten egg. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°; bake an additional 15 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow.

That's it! This bread is great for slicing and eating as is or for a sandwich!


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