Simple Yeast Bread

Simple Yeast Bread


  • 1 package 2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 3 cups 14 ounces bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ¼ ounce kosher salt
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water


  • In a large bowl, combine the first three ingredients and blend well.
  • Add the water and mix with a spoon. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more water.
  • Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it until it forms a smooth ball.
  • Spray a medium bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place the ball of dough in it. Flip it over so the greased side is facing up.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow it to rise for one hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • Deflate the dough and shape it into a round loaf.
  • Place the loaf onto a sheet pan covered with parchment paper.
  • Allow the dough to rise in a warm spot for about one hour. It may not double in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 500°F.
  • With a water bottle, spray the dough a few times to mist it with water.
  • Using a knife or razor, cut a few decorative slits into the surface of the dough.
  • Bake the loaf for about 15 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and feels firm to the touch.
  • Allow to cool.


Makes one loaf