Tasty Tuesday ~ Homemade Bread via @FoodSnobSTL

Happy Tasty Tuesday everyone! I'm Laura from Food Snob St. Louis with another fantastic recipe and a GIVEAWAY for you.

In the not too distant past I made a loaf of sourdough bread every Saturday. I was able to keep this ritual up for about 4 months, until my sourdough starter died. Despite my best efforts, I haven't been able to start and keep my own starter alive since (my original starter was given to me). Ever since, I've shied away from making bread at home.

This past weekend, though, I made an oven-roasted brisket and wanted some homemade bread to go along with it.

There are many reasons I love making bread at home:

1. It's cheaper than buying bread.
2. It's healthier than most store-bought breads (I only use flour, salt, water and yeast).
3. I genuinely enjoy the process and it's easy.

So this weekend, I made a loaf of simple sandwich bread for the week. As I said up top, all you need to make this is:

3 1/2 cups of flour (I used white, bread flour, but all purpose works too), a packet of yeast,
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups warm water.

To make the bread, I dissolved the yeast in the water and then mixed it with the flour and salt. Once everything was mixed well, I put the dough on a floured surface and kneaded it for about 7 minutes. You still want the dough to be slightly tacky (you can always add a little more flour or water to adjust). I put the kneaded dough in an oiled bowl and covered it with a towel.

It rose for about 2 hours before it was ready for the next step (you want it to double in size). After rising, I punched down the bread in the middle and formed it into a loaf. Then, I placed it in an oiled loaf pan, loosely covered it and allowed it to rise for another hour (until doubled in size). When ready, I baked it at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

Warm, homemade bread is so so good. It took a lot of willpower to not eat half the loaf straight out of the oven! I hope to continue making bread each week. Hopefully, I'll expand my skills and share some new types with you guys! Head on over to my blog today to get the recipe for the brisket I made!

Also, today is the last day to enter to win an Erogbaby Bundle of Joy carrier, so be sure to stop by and enter to win!!

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