Today my family left to go back to Oregon. I must admit my heart is sad. It is hard to live away from the family I love. I really wish my daughter and her family lived close enough to be a regular part of our lives. So this afternoon I have time off and a way too quiet and empty house. One of the things I like to do when it is a hard day is make bread. So today, after having a good cry, this is the recipe I chose to make. It is an easy recipe and a good one to try if you have never made bread before. You just need to allow time for the bread to raise.
1 pkg. yeast (or 1 T.)
1 1/4 c. warm water
1 T. dried basil
2 t. olive oil
1 1/2 t. salt
1/3 c. sun dried tomatoes
4 c. flour (all purpose or bread flour)
In a large bowl, pour the water. Whisk in yeast, salt, basil, olive oil and salt. Whisk well. Stir in sun dried tomatoes. Stir about 3 cup of the flour gradually into the yeast mixture. Add enough flour that the dough is no longer sticky and begins to form a ball. Place on a floured surface and knead until smooth...about 3 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and place in a buttered large bowl. Let rise in a warm place to rise for one hour.
Divide dough in half. For each loaf, shape the dough into a long loaf. Place onto a greased baking sheet. Allow to rise again for 30-45 minutes.
Before baking take a very sharp knive and cut a 3/4" deep slash through the dough about every 2".
Bake at 425 for 18 minutes.