Easy Homemade Bread

Over the last few year, I’ve really made an effort to eat healthier. As part of that, I try to eat only fresh foods or foods I’ve cooked myself from fresh ingredients. Slowly, my diet has gone from processed food to homemade foods. My latest venture is bread. For about a year, I’ve been eating whole grain breads, but I really wanted to take another step and start making my own bread.
I found a fairly simple recipe, bought some yeast, and dove on in. I was surprised at how easily the recipe came together. It was a little time consuming. About 3 hours from start to finish when you include proofing time. But in the end it was completely worth it! As you can see from the picture, my husband and daughter loved it. They ate half a loaf in the first 24 hours! And of course… I get to control the ingredients. 🙂
I found this recipe on About.com. I highly recommend it as a starter recipe if you’re looking to get into bread making. Personally, I’m going to be on the lookout for more yummy, simple bread recipes!
Super Easy Bread Recipe for Beginners:
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes
Ingredients:
3/4 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour, approximately
Preparation:

  • In large bowl, add the warm water. Slowly stir in dry yeast. Continue to stir until yeast is dissolved.
  • Add salt, sugar, shortening, and milk to bowl. Stir.
  • Mix in the first 2 cups of flour.
  • If needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough chases the spoon around the bowl.
  • You do not need to use up all the flour called for in this recipe, or you may need more flour than called for. The amounts vary depending on many factors, including weather, which is why most bread recipes only give an approximate amount of flour needed.
  • Turn dough out onto floured board and knead, adding small spoonfuls of flour as needed, until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.
  • Put dough in buttered bowl, turn dough over so that the top of dough is greased. Cover and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead.
  • Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.
  • Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  • Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or clean dishtowel.

Happy Baking!

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