Over the last few months I have been doing a lot of baking. I have made a variety of recipe's but the one that seems to work well for loaf bread, pizza crusts, calzone's ,rolls, cheese bread.
3 Cups A.P. flour
1/2 tsp. yeast
2 tsp sugar
2 tbl oil
1/4 tsp salt or a bit more
1 cup warm water
Ok that's the basic ingredient's mix , bloom the yeast in the water with the sugar let sit for 10 minutes or more I prefer it to bloom for 30 minutes . Ok mix it all together in a mixer a food processor a bread machine or by hand . depending on the crust you want knead 5 minute's for soft crust 10 for harder crust. Cover let rise for 45 minute's plop on counter dust with flour cut in 1/2 for 2 loafs ,2 regular pizza crusts or 1 deep dish, cheese bread or make a dozen rolls. For a chewy bread let sit over night.
this is a ultra thin crust pizza I made for my wife . Was good but a pain to roll out . For a pizza I add onion and garlic powder to the mix for soft loaf bread I add a couple tsps. dry milk. Now if you want whole Wheat increase the rise time and let it cook longer .
Now if you have never made bread before I recommend doing rolls ( double the yeast YUM ). If it flopps feed them to the dog, if they are great lie and tell everyone how hard it is.
A lot of people think this is a waste of time but a GOOD pizza is about 2.50$ ,cheese bread 8 x13 size about 2.50 $ yeast rolls 50 cents a dozen . I make bread on cold and rainy days because the oven warms the house the smell calms nerves and pizza and cheese bread ends the question of WHAT,s FOR DINNER.