Sometimes you just have to look on the bright side of life. I tried it once and realized that this Paraguayan humidity is amazing for bread making. We live in the perfect climate for rapid rises and delicious bread!
This is a super simple recipe based on Mom’s Pizza Crust recipe. Yep, it’s just the same except instead of stretching the dough onto a pizza pan, you shape it into a bread log. Plus I recommend trying out many different add ins. Try this recipe if you thought making bread was beyond your culinary skill level. I think you’ll surprise yourself!
Oh and if you don’t find yourself in a warm and humid environment, you can fake it by turning on your oven just a bit (80F/27C) to create a cozy spot for your dough to do its thing.
Homemade Bread Recipe
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon dry yeast (or 1 packet)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
3 cups flour (I like 1 c. whole wheat or bran, 2 c. white)
Optional Add-Ins (Step 5)
Our current favorite:
1 tablespoon minced garlic and
2 teaspoons dried basil (2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped)
or add seeds, nuts, spices, fresh herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, dried fruit, cinnamon and sugar – go crazy!
1. Combine warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl and let set until foamy, about 10 minutes. (Skip the waiting if using rapid rise type yeast.)
2. Then stir in salt and oil.
3. Add flour a cup at a time. Knead to form a nice dough ball.
4. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
5. Punch down and knead in any add ins you want (optional).
6. Form into a log and place in bread pan or cookie sheet.
7. Let rise again, about 1 hour.
8. Bake at 350F (175C) until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.
9. Let set a few minutes before slicing.
You can’t beat the warmth of fresh bread straight from the oven! What add ins have you tried or think sound good in bread? Do you have any secret bread tips to share with us beginners? I knew this fierce humidity had to be good for something!