It had been a while since I made homemade bread and I have been craving it recently, but I have been in a funk and not wanting to do things like that so I hadn't. Today I start to get outta my funk so guess what is being made? BREAD!
~ 3 cups hot water (slightly above body temperature)
~ 1 1/2 Tablespoons dry yeast
~ 1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
~ 6 cups flour
If you want to double the batch, just remember 6-3-3-12: 6 cups water, 3TB yeast, 3TB salt, 12 cups flour.
Mix up the ingredients in a large bowl, cover with a greased piece of
plastic and let it rise for about 4 hours (could be up to 8 and I just
let it go overnight) or until it collapses in on itself without you
touching or messing with it.
Cover it loosely and put it in the fridge until you use it to make bread
or pizza crust.(Let it refrigerate at least three hours before using it
the first time.)
When you need some dough, take out the bowl, cut off a piece of dough
(about a pound) and refrigerate the rest. Shape it into a ball on the
counter (you might use a little flour to keep it from sticking. Put the
shaped loaf onto the cooking surface and slash the top lightly with a
knife to make three diagonal lines.
Cover with a piece of waxed paper & let it rise for about 30-60 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
When the dough is done rising, bake for 25-30 minutes.
*If you want a thick chewy crust on your bread, place a container of hot
water in the back of the oven to add steam while it bakes or throw a
handful of ice cubes onto the oven floor
Cool before cutting.