The other morning, I woke up with an incredible urge for a BLT. We didn’t have any bread, lettuce, tomato or bacon in the house, but I still wanted some bread. Thanks to Pinterest, I found a fantastic recipe for a quick bread that takes about an hour from start to finish. Yes, you read that right. An hour. It mixes up wonderfully fast, rises for 25 minutes, then bakes for about the same time.
I couldn’t help myself, and cut off a few slices to try while the bread was still steaming. With some butter melting over still-warm bread, oh my goodness, this bread was wonderful.
I shaped the loaves by hand, and they rose and baked up beautifully. I promise, if you are craving some fresh baked bread and are short on time, this bread is the answer. The only change I made was use all-purpose flour instead of bread flour. I don’t bake with bread flour regularly, because I found that I use all-purpose flour so much more than any other kind of flour. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and was not disappointed.
The original recipe can be found here.
Now, go make this bread! Fresh, homemade bread in an hour? You can’t go wrong!
Yield: 2 loaves
5¼ c. bread flour (I used all-purpose, and it turned out just fine)
3 tbsp. sugar
1½ tsp. salt
1½ tbsp. instant/active rise yeast
1½ tbsp. oil
2 c. warm water (between 110 and 115°F)
Mix dry ingredients in mixer bowl. Add oil and water. Mix for 1 minute and then check consistency of the dough. The dough should be very sticky. If it is too dry, add more water.
Mix for 5 minutes, and do not add any more flour after the dough has finished mixing.
Spray your kneading surface with cooking spray, and turn the dough out onto the surface. Knead dough briefly until it has a smooth and even consistency. This will only take a few turns of the dough – less than a minute of kneading.
Divide the dough into two pieces, and shape into loaves. Place on a greased baking sheet (I have silpat sheets that I use) and cover with a clean, dry dish towel and let rise 25 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F while the bread is rising. When the loaves are finished rising, take a greased knife and cut slashes into the tops of the loaves, each cut about a quarter of an inch deep. Bake loaves for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.