In a bowl, mix water, yeast, sugar, and salt. Allow standing for five minutes. During this time the yeast will activate.
1 tbsp yeast, 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 cups warm water (between 95 and 105)
Using a spatula, add in the first five cups of flour, one cup at a time.
6 cups flour
Add the remaining flour in an ⅛ of a cup at a time using your hands and picking up as much of the flour as you work the dough.
On a lightly floured or oiled surface, knead the dough for 5 - 7 minutes.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel until dough doubles in size (between 1 - 1.5 hours).
Remove the dough and knock the air out. Cut the dough in half, then shape it, and using your knife, slash the top of the dough with 3 -4 times diagonally.
Place the dough on a cookie sheet, cover, and let rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 and place an aluminum roasting pan on the bottom of the oven. Fill 1" deep with boiling water.
Brush the tops of the dough with cold water.
Bake bread for 35 - 45 minutes.
Brushing the loaves with cold water is optional. This step will help to create a crusty outer shell.
Placing a roasting pan with water in the oven is also optional. This step will help to create a crusty outer shell. If you do not have a roasting pan you can use another type of pan. I often use an oven-safe deep skillet.
You will know when the bread is done when you tap underneath and it sounds hollow.
Allow the bread to cool for 30 minutes prior to eating.
The bread will be good for 1 - 2 days. Store the bread in bread bags. If you store it in plastic the bread will last longer, however, you will lose the crusty outer shell.
If you try this bread, please let me know how it turns out!
Easy Yeast Bread -- Perfect for Beginners
Amount Per Serving
Calories 349Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.