This is the perfect bread recipe. I've been baking bread as my new 'hobby' for several months now, experimenting with many recipes, and in the end, if I follow this one exactly (other than I omit the sugar completely since I don't like sweet bread)....it turns out perfectly each time. Make sure you use a good strong bread flour, pure salt, and I even use extra virgin olive oil. Preheat your oven first. Oh, and I don't cover the dough when rising. Since it has an oil coat from the bowl, it doesn't dry out and I don't have to fiddle with oiled cling film or risk my dough deflating. Also, I only bake one of the loaves. I put the dough for the other loaf in an oiled ziploc bag after the kneading process and toss it in the freezer. To bake it, I just pop it out the freezer, put it in the bread pan, and let it rise in warm area. (I brush frozen loaf with oil and don't cover). It takes awhile to defrost and then rise, but it will eventually rise BEAUTIFULLY. Preheat and bake. We haven't bought bread from the baker or grocery store since finding this recipe.
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This is the perfect bread recipe. I've been baking bread as my new 'hobby' for several months...