Homemade Bread Recipe
Take 1 teaspoon instant yeast (rapid rise yeast) or 1.5 teaspoons dry active yeast or 1 tablespoon fresh yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in a small bowl. Add 1 cup of lukewarm water. Make sure that the water is not hot or cold.
Take 3 cups of flour and add 1 tablespoon oil – any neutral oil or olive oil. Do this in a bowl.
Add the frothy bubbly yeast mixture to the flour.
Mix with a wooden spoon and the dough will become sticky. Now start kneading the dough for atleast 8 to 10 minutes or until you get a soft smooth, pliable and light consistency.
Cover your bread dough loosely with a large bowl or a kitchen napkin and keep at room temperature to leaven. Laven dough for 45 mins to 1 hour.
After 45 minutes my dough has doubled beautifully.
Now grease or brush a loaf pan with oil. On a lightly floured surface, lightly knead the dough. This will deflate the dough. Flatten the dough with your fingers to a round or square shape. Then begin to roll it. Make a neat rolled dough. Cover the loaf pan with a kitchen towel. Keep it in a warm place. Rise for 20-30 minutes.
With a small serrated knife or any sharp knife or a lame, make one long slash or two slashes lengthwise on the center of the dough about ¼ inch deep.
Brush the bread with milk and place the loaf pan in the preheated oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Fahrenheit) until the loaf is golden brown.
Wait for 3 to 4 minutes after the bread is out of the oven. Serve and enjoy!