I'm going to be very, very, very honest with you. This was my first attempt at real bread. And I was terrified. What if it was doughy? What if it didn't rise? What if it was TOUGH???!! And I was pleasantly surprised with how easy this recipe is!! I will offer a few tips (from my mama). When letting your bread rise, mom always turns the oven on, 200 degrees for about 15 minutes, then turns it off. When you place your bread in here to rise, it's nice and toasty to help the yeast activate; but remember, too hot - and you've killed your yeast, AND IT WON'T RISE. Also try not to over knead or over work the bread, that also contributes to tough bread..... I try think loving thoughts into my fingers as my kneading, really begging the bread gods to help me out.
Ok, give it a shot, worst case scenario, you've wasted less than $5 in ingredients and you never have to make bread again. If it does work however, mmmmmm girl, you've got fresh cinnamon toast coming in the morning. OR, could you imagine french toast with homemade bread??? YUMMMYYY.
One last note - it makes two loaves. Give one to a neighbor, share the gift of food. Or, freeze for a rainy day.
On to the show, ingredients please: