Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Microwave Bread

Although it has no crust or color, this loaf of bread is light and airy, with surprisingly great texture reminiscent of Chinese steamed buns. Equally amazing -- it takes only about 4 minutes to bake.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 5 min (includes rising and cooling times)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 loaf
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Ingredients

Directions

Special equipment:
a 1.5-quart microwave-safe glass loaf dish
  1. Butter a 1.5-quart microwave-safe glass loaf dish and set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, yeast, sugar, salt and 1 cup warm water in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. With the mixer on low speed, add 1/2 cup of the flour at a time, waiting for each addition to be fully incorporated before adding more. Once all of the flour is added, knead on medium speed for 8 minutes.  
  3. Transfer the dough to the prepared dish, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. 
  4. Microwave on high until the internal temperature of the bread registers 200 degrees F, about 4 minutes. Check for doneness starting at 3 minutes, as microwave power levels may vary. Let cool in the dish for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and let cool completely.

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)

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