I did it! After quite a few attempts at bread I finally had a loaf of bread turn out. The whole rising thing was really getting to me but I finally had a batch that turned out and it is delicious. I got the recipe here from Delia Creates.
So, here is how you do it.
Ingredients and directions:
If you want step by step pictures please view on the site I found the recipe on.
Step 1: Whisk together in a large bowl; 2.5 cups HOT water, 1/3 cup oil, 1/3 cup sugar or honey, 1 tbsp salt
Step 2: Add 3/4 cup flour, whisk for 30 seconds
Step 3: Add 1.5 tbsp , whisk for 30 seconds
Step 4: Add 5-7 cups of flour and kneed until dough is soft and no longer sticky (if you are doing it by hand and not a mixer, please refer to the linked recipe for instructions on adding flour). It should be at least 5 minutes.
Step 5: Let rise in clean greased covered bowl for 30 minutes. Set your oven for 450 degrees for a minute or less then turn it off before placing the oven safe bowl inside.
Step 6: Remove dough from oven and preheat to 175
Step 7: Grease your bread pans and counter and divide the dough. I did 3 medium loaves using a loaf pan and putting the other 2 in a 9x13
Step 8: Roll the dough into an oblong shape getting all the air bubbles out.
Step 9: Roll the dough in a cylinder form and tuck the ends under.
Step 10: Place dough in 175 degree oven for 30 minutes until the dough rises and fills the pan
Step 11: Turn oven up to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow.
So, I used honey for my sweetener because I had some lying around that wasn't getting used and I think its a little healthier than sugar. The bread turned out amazing. Its a little dense but tastes amazing. Austin even had a jelly sandwich with it today for lunch. The two loaves I sat in the 9x13 pan came out a little flat as they spread out more than up when rising but the one I did in the loaf pan (middle loaf) turned out nicely. The loaves are taller than they look I just took the photo at an odd angle apparently.
Also, for the yeast I ended up using a rapid rise yeast. The 1.5 tbsp is 1.5 packets if that helps as well. I hand whisked everything and once ready to mix with flour I put it in my mixer and used my dough hook.
Don't forget to let me know if you try this recipe or any of my other ones. I'll be making cake this weekend and probably another dessert as well so stay tuned for some more great recipes.