Friday, July 22, 2016

My Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

Yes~you can make Homemade Bread! I love the smell of homemade bread baking in my kitchen.

3 cups of white or whole wheat flour, or 1-1/2 cups of each (plus a little extra flour for kneading)
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet, or about 2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar or brown sugar or honey
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup warm water (not hot, just warm)

*Place 1 cup of warm water, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and yeast in a small bowl and let this froth. It will bubble and grow about double. If it does not froth it means your yeast is not good.

*Mix together flour, salt, 1/4 cup sugar into a mixing bowl. If you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer with a kneader~put into your mixer.

*When your yeast has frothed, add it to your dry ingredients along with your oil. Mix slowly~if it is to dry add just a bit more water. It depends upon the day here in Mo. You want to make a nice dough kind-of like play dough.

*If you have a Mix Aid Mixer~knead about 3-4 minutes on a low setting then turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth like a baby's bottom. If you knead by hand~knead about 10 minutes.

*Place dough into a large greased bowl. Let rise to double size. It will depend on how warm your kitchen is at the time how quickly it will rise. It seems to take about an hour if your kitchen is real warm. It will take a bit longer if your kitchen is cooler. Do not rush this step!

* After your dough has risen, punch it down, shape into loaves. This will make 1 really large loaf or 2 small loaves. Let it rise again in the pans to double size. I like the smaller ones for sandwiches and toast. If you're  making it for a meal the large loaf is pretty.

* Bake @325 for about 50 minutes. Watch it closely. I just changed to an electric oven in our new home and it cooks faster.

* You know it is done when you take it out and give the bottom a thump. If it sounds hollow it is is down. If not put it back in for a few more minutes.

This is an easy bread to make and so cheap. I use it for cinnamon bread and cinnamon rolls also. Enjoy! Nothing makes a meal more complete than homemade bread.

Rolls~you just roll into a ball about the size of a lime. Then place them side by side, cover them and let them rise until double. Bake them at the same temperature as the bread.. It will only take about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cinnamon rolls~ Same thing after they have risen~cut the dough into two balls. Take your rolling pin and roll out into a flat circle about 1/4 inch thick. Now cover with your butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Lots of butter and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon just a bit thicker than you would toast. Now roll the dough up into a jelly roll and slice them about one inch thick. Place them side by side in a large cake pan. Let them rise until double in size. Bake about 18-20 or until golden brown. I like to cover mine with a powdered sugar frosting with maple added.


Anonymous said...

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christschild said...

This looks very easy. I usually make mine in my bread maker. I too love the smell. I'm gonna try this too. I would love to make some in the bread maker and by hand at the same time. I make it every other day for us. We love some homemade bread:)

christschild said...

I made your recipe for the first time a few days was amazing! It was gone that night..LOL. We love bread...for breakfast, lunch, and with supper. I'm going to try it with wheat flour today. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

Alicia said...

So I'm not a bread maker but I'm wanting to try to start. Do I put it in a loaf pan?

RootsAndWingsCo said...

This is fantastic! I have been looking for a good homemade bread recipe! Thank you. I've already printed out your recipe and will be trying it out soon! Hopefully tomorrow, to share with my Mother on her Birthday. Thank You
Rebecca of the R&W Gals

Courtney said...

I love this recipe, so easy and yummy! I have shared it with many friends and I hope they enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for the recipe! :)

Michelle said...

I make my own bread also, and although my ingredients are the same as your recipe they are different amounts. I'm going to give yours a try and see... thanks for sharing

Elizabeth said...

Just tried this recipe...Love it...Thanks for sharing...

Anonymous said...

Just made the bread and it is delicious. Came out great as the large loaf BUT have 2 questions regarding after letting the dough rise. I notice you proceeded to make up the loaves without a second "rising".
Does the low baking temp and timing take the place of a second "rising" before starting to bake? Would letting it rise for the second time affect the temp and baking time?

Kristy Quinn said...

I think I'm going to try this recipe tomorrow. I only have a good one for wheat and sometimes we all need the comfort of good ol' white bread. Esp. after you've had a stomach bug like I've had ;) Oh and even though I still don't feel great... you totally had me drooling over your cinnamon rolls! Do you have a recipe for your icing? :)

icouponjesussaves said...

i must've beat it down too much....small dense loaves....i thought i heard if you punch it down more, it's better...oh well, guess i should've FOLLOWED THE RECIPE!!! *sigh* there's always next time....

Mc Allen said...

I am so aShamed to admit that I have never made bread. I love it, and really want to, but it just looks so involved. Im going to do it, I know one day I will. I would LOVE some fresh bread right now after reading this. Thanks, lol!! LA

Barbara said...

I can actually smell your bread, been a while since I baked home made bread, and we do love it too. I need to bake some for my honey. I do make home made biscuits often.



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