I forget how this recipe came to me. I think a family member may have given it to me.
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, yeast, sugar, and salt to form a dry mixture of all ingredients.
- Add lukewarm water to the mixture and stir using a wooden spoon or in a standing mixer until the dough combines. If necessary, add more water one tablespoon at a time.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.
- Preheat your oven to 425°F or 220°C.
- Punch down the dough and shape it into a round or oblong shape, then place it on a baking sheet, and let it rise again for 15-20 minutes.
- Use a serrated knife to score the top of the dough in a cross or diagonal pattern, then place the dough in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
- Remove the bread from the oven and cool it on a wire rack.