So many people avoid learning how to make bread. They believe it might be too hard when in truth homemade bread recipes from scratch are not very difficult to master.
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 bread is making sure you have the right ingredients ready before you begin.
And, 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 from scratch.
Let’s Bake Some Bread!
Basic Homemade Bread Recipe From Scratch
Semi Homemade – Using A Machine?
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
Without A Machine – Homemade Bread Recipe 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 Active Dry 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.
- Sprinkle some flour onto your hands, onto your dough and onto your bench and knead your dough until it becomes smooth. If your dough is still too sticky add a little more flour to your bench and continue kneading. This stage should generally take around 10 minutes to get rid of the stickiness and create a smooth textured dough. If you want to test whether your dough is ready or not, simply poke your dough ball with one finger. If it springs back easily, then it’s ready.
- 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!
Homemade Wholewheat Bread Recipe
This homemade wholewheat bread recipe has a delicious mild honey taste and it’s great for toasting, sliced up for sandwiches and perfect hot from the oven with a little butter.
Try adding a handful of seeds such as sunflower, linseed or sesame seeds for a nutty taste, or for a healthier option use less bread flour, more wholewheat flour and a little less honey.
(Makes 3 homemade wholewheat bread loafs)
- 3 cups of warm water (710ml)
- .25 ounce Active Dry Yeast (14g)
- 1/3 cup of honey (80ml )
- 5 cups of bread flour ( 685g )
- 3 tbs of butter, melted ( 45g )
- 1/3 cup honey (80ml)
- 1 tbs of salt ( 20g)
- 3 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour ( 420g)
- 2 tbs butter, melted (30 g)
- Mix together the warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup of honey, then add the 5 cups of white bread flour and mix again ( remember this makes 3 loaf’s of bread so you do need to use a extra large mixing bowl). Leave to stand for 30 minutes, or until large and bubbly.
- Add the (second) 1/3 cup of honey, butter(3tbs) and the salt, then give it a good stir. Add just 2 cups of the whole wheat flour and mix well (The dough will still feel wet and sticky at this point).
- Place the dough onto a wholewheat floured surface and start to knead the dough, adding more whole wheat flour until it’s not too sticky (so that it’s pulling away from your surface but its still a little sticky to touch) This may take an extra 2 to 4 cups of flour.
- Place the dough into a large greased bowl and turn it once to coat the dough’s surface. Cover the bowl with a dishtowel and find a warm place for it to rise until doubled.
- Divide into 3 greased loaf pans(9×5), then push it down using your fist, this will flatten your dough a little so leave it to stand until your dough has risen again by about 1inch above the loaf pans.
- Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes at 350F (175c). if you want to prevent your crust from getting hard brush with melted butter after baking.
And there you have it, homemade wholewheat bread, I hope you like it!
Homemade Poppy Seed Bread Recipe
This homemade poppy seed bread will bring the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your house. It’s a fantastic wholemeal loaf that tastes absolutely wonderful with a slab of melted butter on it.
What You Will Need:
Makes 1 loaf
Prep time: 30 minutes + 1hr 20mins for rising
Cooking time: 45minutes
- 14oz (375g) strong wholemeal flour
- 1/4oz (7g) sachet of Active Dry Yeast
- 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2oz (40g) slightly salted butter, melted
- 4fl oz (125ml) warm milk
- 4fl oz (125ml) warm water
- Heat the oven to 375 F (190c).
- Inside a large bowl mix the flour, yeast, 1 1/2 tablespoons of poppy seeds and sugar.
- Stir in the salt, butter, milk and water (add the liquid in 2 stages since you may not require all of it) and bring together into a dough.
- On a floured surface knead the dough for approximately ten mins. The dough can look dimpled in the beginning, but carry on kneading until it’s smooth and flexible.
- Place the dough back into the bowl and cover. Stand it in a warm place for 1hr or until it’s doubled in size.
- Butter the loaf tin, then on a floured surface knead the dough again for a minute then flatten it into a rectangular shape with the short side being approximately the width of the loaf tin.
- Roll the dough up like a swiss roll and put it into the loaf tin. Cover and allow rising again for 20 minutes.
- Brush the top of the loaf with some extra milk, sprinkle over the remaining poppy seeds then bake for 45 mins.
- Once the top is brown, tip the loaf from the tin and tap the bottom. If it sounds hollow cool on a wire rack. Otherwise, return loaf to the tin and oven.
A Finnish Pulla Bread Recipe
This Finnish Pulla Bread recipe is not overly sweet and has a superb texture. And although it does take quite a long time, it’s reasonably easy to make and tastes just as good as it looks.
My entire family loves this sweet bread recipe!
I’ve had lots of excellent reviews about this bread recipe and I’m forever having people requesting it.
So try it, I’m sure you’ll LOVE it too!
What You Will Need:
This recipe makes 3 large loafs (freeze it as well!)
- 2 cups (475ml) milk
- 1/2 cup warm water
- .25 ounce (7g) Active Dry Yeast
- 1 cup (200g) white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 9 cups (1125g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (115) butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 (25g) tbls white sugar
- Warm your milk inside a small saucepan till it bubbles, then remove from heat, and allow it to cool until lukewarm.
- Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the lukewarm milk, sugar, salt, cardamom, 4 eggs, and sufficient flour to create a batter (around 2 cups).
- Beat until the dough is smooth and flexible. Then add about three cups of the flour and beat well; the dough needs to be smooth and glossy in appearance.
- Add the melted butter or margarine, and stir well. Beat again till the dough looks glossy. Mix in the remaining flour till the dough is stiff.
- Turn out of the bowl onto a floured surface, cover using an inverted mixing bowl and let rest for fifteen minutes.
- Knead the dough until smooth and satiny, then put it in a lightly greased mixing bowl and turn the dough to grease the top.
- Cover with a clean dishtowel and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch down, and let rise again until almost doubled.
- Turn out again onto a floured surface, and divide into 3 parts. Divide each third into 3 again.
- Roll each piece into a 12 to 16 inch strip, then braid 3 strips into a loaf. You should get three sizeable braided loaves.
- Move the braids onto greased baking sheets and allow rise for 20 minutes.
- Brush each loaf using egg, wash and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Check occasionally since the bottom burns quite easily.
Hopefully, you’ll be tempted to bake using one of my homemade bread recipes. If you’ve tried one and had some success I’d love to hear from you.
I would also love to hear about any other homemade bread recipes you might have tried.