Homemade bread has sweet, velvet texture which is perfect for sandwiches and soups. It is really easy to make and freezes well too.
Makes 2 Loaves, Preparation Time 2hrs 30 mins, Cooking Time 30mins.
What You Will Need:
- 1 Cup Warm Water
- 1 Cup of Warm Milk
- 2/3 Cup Sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
- 1 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
- About 6 Cups of Bread (Self Raising) Flour
- 2 Tbsp Melted Butter
Mix the warm water and milk in a large bowl, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Sprinkle the yeast into the mixture and stir until it is well mixed in before allowing to stand for 5-10mins to activate.
Add the salt and oil. Use an electric mixer to mix in the flour one cup at a time until a stiff dough is formed. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead by hand on a floured surface for about 10 minutes, adding flour as necessary until a stiff, non sticky dough ball is formed.
Rub the surface of the dough ball in oil and place it into a large bowl. Cover with a dish towel and allow the bread to rise for about an hour until it has doubled in size.
Remove the dough from the bowl and knead the air out of it. Divide it in half, shape into two loaves and place them into greased bread tins about 230x120mm (9×5″) in size. Brush the tops of the loaves with some melted butter and allow them to rise for 30 minutes.
Bake at 180C (350F) for 30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. The crust will go crispy upon cooling. For a soft crust, brush the crusts immediately with butter and cover the loaves with a damp dish towel until they have cooled.