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When I first began experimenting with yeast I was a little bit scared. I mean seriously I avoided any recipe that included a package of yeast like it was the plague. In my mind yeast was just way too complicated an ingredient for me to take on and bake with. Then one day I stumbled upon a recipe for homemade pizza dough and decided to give it a try. That is when I realized that using yeast is not nearly as scary as I had made it out to be. Especially since the yeast is already pre-measured and only needs warm water and sugar to proof it.
The only thing that could really mess up the yeast from proofing is having the water too hot or having some yeast that has gone bad/expired and if that does happen then you can just start all over with another package without ruining any other ingredients.
I also discovered that I love homemade baked bread way better than any other kind of bread. That also paired with the fact that baking homemade bread also makes the house smell amazing. If you have never tried to make homemade bread yourself using yeast, then this is the perfect recipe for you to give a try. This recipe is really easy, needs no kneading, and requires very few ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your home right now, and the yeast can be purchased at any grocery store.
This bread comes out of the oven rustic and crispy on the outside and warm and soft in the center. It is the perfect bread to pair with soup or spaghetti. Give it a try!
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon cornmeal
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, add in the yeast package, warm water, sugar, salt, and stir until everything has dissolved. Add in the all purpose flour and stir until everything is well blended. Do not knead the bread just cover it with a tea towel and allow it to rise in a draft free area for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Remove the dough from the bowl and divide into 2 even rounds and place on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal to prevent sticking. Cover the dough and allow it to rise for 1 hour or until it had doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Brush the tops of the bread with some melted butter and place into the oven and allow to bake at 425 degrees F. for 10 minutes to brown the outside and then adjust the oven to 375 degrees F. and allow it to bake for an additional 15 minutes. Serve warm.