Into the bread machine bucket add all the ingredients. Add the flour last. Here is the list one more time:1 1/2 cups water1 1/2 teaspoons salt1 1/2 teaspoons sugar1 Tablespoon dry active yeast4 Tablespoons of oil3 cups of flour
If you don’t have a bread machine, you could just mix it all together (add the flour last) until it forms a nice soft dough. Let it sit for an hour and double the size, then bake.
If using the bread machine, turn it on Rapid (some say Rapid Bread). It will be somewhere around 3 hours, mine says 2 hours and 50 minutes.
You can choose to leave the dough in the bread machine, to rise and to bake. This is what I usually do. Today however, I took it out after the dough had been mixed well in the machine (for exactly and hour). I then transfer it to a skillet, this skillet I use only for bread; I got the idea from my mother in law.
The bread then sits out for another hour. It will double the size, and will smell so good!
After 1 hour, turn on your oven to 350F and put the bread in to bake.
After 30 minutes of baking the bread, get a sheet of foil paper and just place the sheet as is on top of the bread so the top doesn’t get to dark, give it another 10 minutes and take the bread out.
If you want a crusty outside, leave the bread out until it cools, if you want a soft crust put it in a plastic bag, but don’t close the bag, leave it opened.