Homemade Bread



Homemade Bread

This is a basic recipe of which you can make various options. I prefer to use organic non-bleached flour for a healthier choice rather than bleached flour. I also like to add at least one cup of whole wheat for added nutrition such as the B vitamins that are stripped out of white flour. I also prefer to use honey as a sweetener rather than sugar. I use REAL butter because the margarines are just one molecule away from being plastic.  I use homegrown fresh eggs from my backyard chickens. My diet is working towards healthier choices for my family and myself.

Homemade Bread

Bread Recipe

In a good size mixing bowl combine the following ingredients

  • 3 Cups of White Flour (You will add more later)Dough Hook
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Compressed Yeast of 1 individual package
  • 1/4 Cup sugar or honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 Cup of Butter
  • 3 Cups of Hot tap water

Mix the above thoroughly (with a dough hook) until combined then add 1 Cup of flour at a time until dough is firm.  A regular mixer will work for the first 3 -4 cups of flour. Recipe will require 6 to 7 cups of flours altogether (including the whole wheat).  If you do not have a heavy duty mixer with a dough hook (pictured on the right) you will have to knead the remaining dough by hand. See the following video for more on that proceedure. 


Kneading BreadHand Kneading Instructions

Generously flour the board or countertop. Since you will be working the remaining 2 cups of flour into the bread dough spread 1 cup of flour on your board or countertop. Place the dough from the above mixture on the flour and begin kneading with your hands. Pull the dough up from the other edges, bring to center of dough and press in with the heels of your hand. Give the dough a 1/4 turn and repeat until all the flour is worked into the mixture. Add another cup of flour repeating the kneading process until the dough become firm but not hard. There is a demonstration of that process in the following short video. To learn more about yeast breads visit my blog page About Bread Doughs

Tips About Working With Yeast Doughs

 
 

In the above video you saw various types of bread products. The recipe is modified some for each product. Cinnamon rolls use more sugar for a sweater dough. For Pizza dough I change the fat for a firmer pizza crust and I do not add egg.

 

Rising Dough Raised Dough
Covered Dough Rising
Dough will double in size

Let Rise

Place the dough in a large greased bowl, and cover with a clean cloth such as a dish towel. I used to let the dough rise on the stove with the oven turned on but sometimes it would cook the bottom of the dough making it crusty. Now I place the bowl of dough on top of the freezer or refrigerator to rise because it is always warm there. That also saves money from running the oven needlessly. When dough has risen to double it's size (about 20 - 30 minutes) punch dough down and allow to rise a second time.  By allowing the dough to expand multiple time it decreased the size of the holes in the cooked break giving it a much finer texture. I do not turn on the oven until the last rising.

 

Shaping the Dough

The above video shows how to form the bread loaf. Place in a greased loaf pan. This recipe will make two bread loaves or 20 3-section rolls (as shown in the video) plus 1 bread loaf, or 40 3-section rolls, or approximately 50 Dinner Rolls. Loaf bread, dinner rolls, 3-section rolls all use the same recipe.

 

Bake

Bake 350° for 30 - 40 minutes or until golden brown as pictured above. Bread will be soft fresh out of the oven. I like to let it cool on a cooling rack before cutting. But sometimes the family wants to devour the bread hot out of the oven so it does not even last 10 minutes. Sort of seems unfair to have spent so much time in making it to have them eat it up so fast. Freezer Tip: Bread is a good item to freeze. After it become room temperature, double wrap it for freezer storage.

 

Other Yeast Bread Recipes

Here are more yeast type recipes and something special you can do with your home baked loaf of bread.

Pizza Bacon Twists Salmon Loaf
Pizza
 Bacon Twists
Salmon Loaf

 

 

 

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