Quick Rise Bread

I hate buying bread at the store!  The problem is that time sneaks up on me and I realize an hour before dinner that I have no bread.  Well…here is a quick rise bread that is ready in half the time!  Here is what you need:

4 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water

1 TBS Sugar

3 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

(I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but I can’t.  I adapted it from this one. )

20140126-211625.jpgDump your yeast, water and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Let sit for about 3 minutes.

20140126-211638.jpgDump your flour, salt and balsamic vinegar on top of your liquids.  Mix with a dough hook for 12 minutes.  I started out slow until the dough began to form.  Then, I cranked it up to medium speed for the remainder of the time.

20140126-211646.jpgWhile your bread kneads, pour a little olive oil in the bottom of a microwave safe bowl.

20140126-211653.jpgDon’t be tempted to shorten the kneading time!  When you are done, the dough will be very sticky.  That is how you want it….the result will be a nice soft bread!

20140126-211701.jpgPut your dough in the oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth.  Microwave on high for 25 seconds.  Leave the dough in the microwave and let it rest for 5 minutes.  Microwave once more for 25 seconds.

 

20140126-211707.jpgIsn’t this awesome?  The extra yeast and microwave time helps this dough to double in size in about five minutes.

20140126-211737.jpgDivide your dough into 8 equal pieces and form mini loaves.

 

20140126-211743.jpgUsing a serrated knife, cut three slits across the top of each mini loaf. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  While your oven warms up, let your dough rise for about 15 minutes.

 

20140126-211751.jpgBake your bread for 15-18 minutes.  Enjoy!!

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