1 cup of warm water (~110F)
1/3 cup white sugar (you can reduce it like I do if you don't want too much sugar in your diet)
3/4 tablespoon of active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoon of salt (I've omitted salt but you can add if you'd like some savory taste)
1/8 cup of vegetable oil
3 cups of bread flour
Dissolve the sugar in the warm water in a large mixing bowl.
Then stir in yeast and allow to proof till the mixture is slightly creamy.
Add salt and oil into the mixture.
Then add in flour one cup at a time to mix (add a tiny bit of water at a time if the dough appears too dry)
Lightly flour a clean kitchen top surface and knead the dough until smooth.
Lightly grease (I use an oil spray) a bowl and put the dough into it and flip it so that the dough is coated with a little grease.
Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let it rise for about an hour (dough should roughly double its size).
Punch dough down a couple of times and then knead it for a couple of minutes.
Shape the dough into a loaf and place it into a small loaf pan that has been greased.
Allow the dough to rise for another 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F and bake the loaf for 30 minutes.
Well...the bread turned out quite good I must say, considering this is my first attempt. The texture is soft and fluffy while the crust is nicely browned. The taste is quite good too. I'm very encouraged by the successful outcome and will definitely be looking forward to baking more of my own breads!