I decided to make this story in the first week of the COVID-19 pandemic when it became obvious that there were going to be people who did not have the ability to go to the store to get bread. The video is a walk through of making the most basic of breads, but one that is still tasty and better than what you would have bought at the store anyway.
I chose to make it completely from scratch, and provide some tips on ways you might change it to work with the circumstances you are having in your own home.
- 5 to 6 cups of all purpose flour, this could be any kind of flour but you will need to adjust your water to flour ratio with other flours.
- 2 Cups of warm water, about 105 degrees F or the temperature you would use to warm up a baby’s bottle for feeding. Just over body temperature and under 110 degrees.
- 1 Tablespoon of rapid rise yeast, or any yeast you have on hand
- 1 Teaspoon (or up to 1 Tablespoon) of table salt
- 1 Teaspoon of sugar, to get the yeast growing
- 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (optional)
The video shows how to get the yeast growing so you know it is working before you mix it into the flour. I also mixed the flour completely by hand in the video to show how easy it is to do this with almost no equipment other than a stove.
The video is long, but very informative about the Why of making bread from scratch. This is aimed at the first time bread maker.