Step 3: Yeast Time

To begin, have your bowl, thermometer, yeast, sugar, oil and water, ready.

Pour your 2 cups of lukewarm water {use your thermometer to make sure that  it's between 80-90°F}. Dissolve a teaspoon of sugar into the water. Then, add your 2 tablespoons of yeast. Sprinkle it on top of the water, and don't stir. Let it sit undisturbed for 8-10 minutes, or until foamy.

Add your 2 tablespoons of oil, and stir until evenly mixed. Add your 1½ teaspoons of salt. Gradually add your 4 cups of flour and mix by hand until it forms into a ball. Add more flour if necessary.
If you're worried about having your water too warm, try taking it from your cold tap, then leaving it on the side for half an hour or so to come up to near room temperature. <br> <br>It still works perfectly well at this temperature, but you don't get that &quot;ooh have I killed my yeast&quot; worry.
Yes, I have heard of that trick, but if you decide at the spur of the moment that you want to make bread, it's kinda a pain to have to wait. But if you plan ahead, it's a great old trick. Thanks for sharing :)
Looks yummy! <br> <br>One question though... If you are making two loaves in separate pans, wouldn't you need to split the dough in half after rising in step seven?
Oh goodness... How could I forget that? Yes, you do. Thanks so much for pointing that out, will fix that ASAP :)
Fixed! :)
Beautiful! Nothing beats the smell of fresh homemade bread ( Foccacia) :)
This is an amazing first instructable! The photos and explanations are perfect. Your bread looks absolutely fantastic. :D

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