How to Make a Loaf of Fresh, Homemade Bread in an Hour

What a perfect day on the water!
What a perfect day on the water!

Yesterday (Labor Day) was a perfect day at the lake. Boat rides, tubing, swimming, sunning, and EATING!

It was a big group, so we all brought something to share. I didn’t really want to spend three hours making bread, but no one else was bringing bread so I thought I probably should. Then I remembered seeing a 3-ingredient bread on Pinterest that required no rising and no kneading. This could be the perfect time to try it! After all, this group is alwasy a willing guinea pig for a new recipe.

Of course, for some reason I had deleted the recipe from my Pinterest board, so I had to go on a search for it. I finally found it at The Gingham Apron. I could get this knocked out start to finish in an hour!

Turned out pretty, no?
Turned out pretty, no?

So easy, too! First, in a medium-sized bowl, stir together 3 cups of self-rising flour and 1 cup of sugar. Once they are blended together, add one can (12 oz.) of 7 Up and stir until a soft dough forms and all the flour is worked in. (Be sure to check the center at the bottom of the bowl.) Pour the dough into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. That’s it!

I greased my pan with butter (of course) and then brushed a little more butter over the top of the loaf as soon as it came out of the oven. It was probably less than a tablespoon of butter total.

Use a knife to loosen the sides and then turn it out to cool on a wire rack as soon as you finish buttering the top.

This bread is very cakelike inside and crusty outside. When I make it again, I may reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes, just to make it easier to slice without destroying the pieces. I may also reduce the amount of sugar a bit for the benefit of my diet!

Now, just to make you a little more envious of the perfect, relaxing day we had yesterday, I will close with this:

The end of a perfect day to end the summer.
The end of a perfect day to end the summer.
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