There’s nothing tastier than fresh homemade bread recipes. Not only are there much less preservatives in homemade bread, but it always tastes so much nicer.
Unfortunately so many people avoid even trying to make their own bread as they believe it might be too hard. The truth is homemade bread is actually quite easy.
Mixing a few simple ingredients together and pushing the dough around for a little while isn’t difficult for anyone to do. Putting a tray of dough into the oven and waiting for 25 minutes is even easier.
The hardest part about baking your own home made bread is making sure you have the right ingredients ready before you begin.
While it’s easy enough to buy a box of bread mix from the store and throw it together within a few minutes – these box-mixes simply don’t have the same great taste as homemade bread recipes made from scratch.
Let’s Bake Some Bread!
When you make your own bread you have two options. You can go the semi-homemade route and buy yourself a shiny new bread making machine or you can go it alone.
If you are tempted to splash out then I wouldn’t blame you, as Pizzas, cakes and jams are just a few of the other programmes available with these machines 😉
My first port of call would be to look for a good quality bread machine as we’ve seen some fantastic deals out there at affordable prices, for example take a look a many varied bread machines on Amazon
Let’s read on to find out how we make bread from scratch!
The following homemade bread recipe should make 2 loaves of fresh bread.
Ingredients needed to make your own bread:
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of dry baker’s yeast
- 4 tablespoons of oil
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 5 cups of all-purpose flour
Add your yeast to 2 cups of warm water and mix together until blended well. When the yeast is mixed well, add your sugar, salt and oil to the water. Stir these ingredients well and once they’re blended, leave them to one side while you prepare the rest of homemade bread recipe.
Lightly grease two bread loaf pans with a small amount of oil. Don’t be tempted to use a spray as it will change the taste of your bread. Use oil or butter.
Sift half your flour into a mixing bowl and stir through your yeast mixture with a fork. When all the flour is moistened slowly add more flour. Continue stirring through until there is no more flour. Your dough should begin to form a ball around your fork.
Cut your dough into halves and roll each section into a shape that should fit approximately into your loaf pan. Twist each end into a point and tuck the ends beneath your loaf to give you a nicely shaped rectangle. Place each loaf into your greased loaf pan and cover with a tea towel for at least half an hour, but up to an hour is fine. This step is important as it allows the yeast to rise before baking. You should notice that your dough ball is now approximately double its original size.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F while your dough is rising.
Once your dough has risen you should cut a couple of light slashes across the top of each loaf. This will stop your loaves from splitting while they bake. Bake your bread for 20-25 minutes or until your bread turns a lovely golden brown color.
If you want crusty bread simply put the dough in the pan as it is. If you want a softer crust then lightly brush the outside of your dough with oil before baking.
When you take your bread out of the oven, you can check if it’s ready by tapping the bottom lightly. If it sounds hollow then your bread it cooked properly. You should allow your bread to cool in a bread bin or beneath a tea towel for a little while as hot bread can be difficult to slice.
When your bread has cooled a little, cut a slice for yourself and enjoy it with a little butter. There’s nothing better than that first slice of warm, fresh homemade bread with a little butter!
Hopefully you’ll be tempted to bake your own home made bread using our recipe. If you’ve tried it and had some success we’d love to hear from you. We’d also love to see any other homemade bread recipes you might have tried.