While bread continues to be scarce at some grocery stores, and while we try to avoid shopping any more than we absolutely have to, it’s a good time to learn how to bake bread at home. This is a simple recipe that can be used for bread loaves, pizza crust, cinnamon rolls or just about any other type of yeast bread.

Back: Cinnamon Swirl Loaf
Front: Basic Yeast Bread
Quarantine Cooking: Baking Bread

Simple Yeast Bread

2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast (may use Bread Machine Yeast / 2 packets of individual serve yeast)
2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar (may substitute honey, but add to water, not here)
1 teaspoon Salt

Mix together and add:

4 Cups Warm Water (around 105°F – 115°F)

Add enough additional flour to make a thick dough. Beat on high for 1-3 minutes, until dough becomes “gluey”.

Pour dough out onto a floured surface and cover with about 1/2 cup additional flour. Knead flour into dough. Continue to add more flour in 1/2 cup increments until dough is no longer sticky.

Cover with a clean towel and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

Punch down dough to release air, divide into equal parts and shape into greased bread pans or into rounds. Let rise until almost doubled in height.

Bake at 325°F – 350F for 15-20 minutes, until tops are evenly browned. Remove from pans immediately and transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm or cool and store in an airtight container. Freezes well for up to 3 months.

Sliced Cinnamon Swirl Loaf