1 Cup cold water
1/4 Cup milk
2 TBSP sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1/4 Cup butter- melted
3 1/2 Cups flour
Heat water and milk in a microwave safe cup for 1 minute. Add yeast and let sit for 2 minutes. Then add sugar, salt and butter.
Slowly add flour to liquid and mix well. You will need to mix this with your hands. Using a mixer is not necessary. Kneed dough for 10 minutes, form into ball and spread a tiny amount of vegetable oil over the top of the dough. Put dough in a large bowl, cover and let rise at room temperature for 2 hours.
Punch the dough down and kneed for about a minute. Shape into loaf and add to a greased loaf pan. Add bread pan to oven but don't turn oven on. Add a boiling pan of water to the oven and let bread rise for 30 minutes or until bread has risen to just above the rim of the loaf pan. Take pan of water out, and turn oven on 350F while bread is in the oven. Let bake for 30-40 minutes or until bread is done.
There is no need to preheat the oven when making this bread.
This was the dough after the first rise. It doubled in size while rising. It made a really good loaf of bread. And it's easy to make. I didn't even use a mixer or anything. You can totally mix this by hand.
Have you made homemade bread before?