Basic Homemade Bread

Bread is a staple food prepared from flour (usually wheat) and water, usually by baking. It has been an important part of many cultures’ diets throughout recorded history and worldwide. It is one of the oldest human-made foods, having been of significance since the dawn of agriculture, and plays an essential role in religious rituals and secular culture.

Here’s where you can learn how to make bread. This simple white bread recipe turns out deliciously golden brown. Nothing can beat the smell of homemade bread baking in my kitchen.

Total Time:

Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

Makes:

2 loaves (16 pcs each)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) Active Dry yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar plus 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2-1/4 cup warm water (110deg – 115deg).
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil

Directions

  1. Mix yeast with 1/2 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes to form bubbles. Mix the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, 3 cups flour and 3 teaspoons salt. Mix oil and yeast mixture. Add to flour mixture and mix until well combined. To form a soft dough, add 1/2 cup of the flour remaining.
  2. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and turn once to grease the top. Let rise in a warm area until doubled, about 1-1/2 to 2 hrs.
  3. The dough should be pounded down. Place the dough on a floured surface. Divide in half. Each one should be made into a loaf. Place each loaf in two greased 9×5-in. Loaf pans. Let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 375°F until bread is golden brown. To cool, transfer from pans to wire racks.

HOMEMADE BREAD TIPS

How can you use yeast?

Although yeast can seem complicated at first, once you know how to prove it, you will be able to make your own. Make sure that the water is not too warm. Keep the water temperature below 110 degrees.

How to knead bread.

It’s easy to make bread by kneading it. After flouring your worktop, push, pull, and stretch the dough to a smooth texture. The dough should be elastic and smooth after it has been properly kneaded.

How to proof bread?

Bread proofing allows yeast to work its magic to make the dough rise. Place the bread in a greased bowl. Let it rest in a warm and humid place until it doubles in volume. These proofing tips will help you get your dough proof.

How can you store homemade bread?

You can store homemade bread in a bag or a box for maximum freshness. You can freeze bread if you aren’t sure you’ll be able to finish it within a few days. Wrap it in plastic and place it in the freezer. It will keep for several months. If it has become a little stale, you can use the bread to make French toast, croutons, or bread pudding.

Nutrition Facts

One slice: 102 Calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol and 222mg sodium. 20g Carbohydrate (1g Sugars, 1g Fiber), 3g Protein

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