Introduction: Homemade Bread Recipe

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I love making homemade bread for my family. It's definitely cheaper than buying it, it's more nutritious, and I know exactly what goes in it. Plus, it stays fresh for about three 3 days in the pantry, a week in the refrigerator, and as long as you want if you freeze it. I like to bake 3 or 4 loaves at a time because it's the same work as baking one loaf. I keep one loaf for the week and I freeze the others. When i need bread, I just take it from the freezer, microwave it for two minutes, and I have bread that smells and tastes like it's just out from the oven. I am experienced making bread and these are the ingredients and measurements I came up with to make the perfect bread.

Step 1: Bread Ingredients

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This is what you need for 1 loaf of bread:

3 cups of flour(any kind is fine. I use all purpose flour)
3 tsp active dry yeast
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of warm water
1tbsp butter (or margarine)
1 egg

Step 2: Make Bread Ingredients

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If you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer, that's great and it will do the work for you. But if you don't, it's ok too. You can mix everything by hand and it will turn just fine. Since I have a mixer, I will be using that with dough attachment.

Start by putting the flour, yeast, sugar and the salt in the mixing bowl and combine at a low speed. Slowly pour in a cup of warm water until you make a nice consistent dough. You don't want the dough to be too soft, but if you by mistake end up pouring too much water, don't worry, it happens all the time. Just add some more flour.

Before you finish, cut the butter into small cubes and mix it into the dough.

When you're done mixing and the dough is a bit sticky but not significantly sticking to your hands, start kneading it with a pinch of flour and shape it into a ball.

Finally, put the dough on a well floured surface and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Shape the Bread Dough

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After about 10 minutes, take the dough and roll it into a long cylinder as shown.

Cut it into into two equal parts and roll it again to form two rolls that are approximately 15 inches long and as wide as your fist.

Put the two rolls next to each other. Connect them at one end, and start braiding them together (over-under).

Step 4: Egg Wash

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Once you're done braiding, lightly grease the pan,and then slowly put the bread in. Tuck the ends underneath if needed.

Take an egg and beat it. Brush it over the top of the bread to give it a nice egg wash glaze. Doing this will give your bread a nice color after it bakes. If you happen to be allergic to eggs, you can do this with oil or simply skip this step

Step 5: Bake Bread

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Pre-heat an oven to 350 degrees. Once up to temparature, put the bread in for 30 minutes.

When it's done, take it out and let it cool at least 15 mintes before cutting into it. If you cut too early, the inside will be kind of gummy.

Serve it with butter or with one of my soup recipes :), or let it cool for an hour and put into plastic bags, and freeze it for as long as you want. When you want fresh bread, take it out of the freezer and microwave it for two minutes. The butter that's in the bread will help keep the softness of the bread.



N_1_23 (author)2017-03-16

Awesome recipe I will be making this soon!

Blankgirl23 (author)2016-07-02

this has become my go-to bread recipe I love it!

Rosario_Yayo (author)2016-06-20

i have made it several times... Easy and works... Now today I mixed 1/3 rice flour, 1/3 corn flour and 1/3 gluten free wheat flour. Increased butter and wedged for 5 min... Works! It turns into a beautiful GLUTEN FREE BREAD! Thankyou!

JessicaT91 (author)2016-04-27

just put it in the oven and already smelling amazing don't think its gonna last long in my house lol

JessicaT91 (author)2016-04-27

just put it in the oven and already smelling amazing don't think its gonna last long in my house lol

Sarah-NeilJ (author)2016-04-16

I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I'm using the all purpose flour, the mixer, all the exact ingredients, I've made this twice and both times its ended up doughy and dense.

Napatpatty made it! (author)2016-03-29

This is The most awesome recipe i've ever made! Easy Quick and yummy!

My bread came out so good and tasty. My husband loves it!Thank you...

LindyG made it! (author)2016-02-28

Makes great peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Tastes and smells great.

MeridythT (author)2015-09-10

how big of a pan should I use? if I don't have a bread pan, can a cookie sheet with the dough on it work as well? (I know the shape will probably be off right?)

hybridgeman (author)2014-12-29

The test, for me, as to whether a homemade bread can replace store bought sliced bread is as follows:

A: Is it cheaper to make it? This one is, no questions asked!

B: Can I make enough to last a week in just one afternoon? Yes, this recipe is quick and easy to make!

C: Can I use it to make rolls? Yes, I made the prettiest flat rolls today with this recipe, the bread is soft and the crust is crisp and chewy enough for rolls!

D: The hardest test for any bread to pass, in my house at least, can I make my guys a PB&J on it that they will actually eat? YES! Finally I've found my prefect recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

MeridythT (author)hybridgeman2015-09-10

the pb&j part of your comment makes me very eager to try this recipe! I thought it looked very soft in the picture (as in it wouldn't just crumble under a butter knife spreading something) and you varified it for me! ty =D

scotty.jade (author)2014-11-28

Just made some and put it in the oven (got to wait just under half hour now =( )
I think I stuffed it up though, with the 1 cup of warm water, my dough wasn't at all sticky when I left it to sit for the 10 minutes. But if it doesn't turn out right, I think I'll just add a little more water next time =) But so far it smells amazing!! Thank-you =D

DMC6 (author)scotty.jade2015-06-10

There is a good rule of thumb if using a mixer, once the dough pulls off the bowl clean, you have the right amount of water. I do tablespoons of water till this happens cause type of flour, room humidity all play a part on how much liquid.

DavidG24 (author)2015-01-15

I made the dough to the recipe, rolled the dough out to an 11x15 square. I then melted a third stick of butter and basted the dough generously until the butter covered the entire surface. I combined two Tbsp sugar with one tsp cinnamon and sprinkled the dough. I then rolled it up from the 15" side, folded in half to fit my bread pan. I let it rise 30 minutes, brushed with egg wash and baked it 350 for 30 minutes. It is sooo good! No need to put butter on it!

DMC6 (author)DavidG242015-06-10

That looks good!

fred.hambrecht (author)2015-03-07

One thing I never see in a recipe for bread that makes for a good looking loaf is vinegar. Yeast loves acid and I have always put the same amount of apple cider vinegar in volume as the yeast. It does not affect the taste but does wonders for the apperance.

1faithabraham (author)2015-02-16

What size pan?

almasgramma (author)2015-02-11

Very easy! I kept wanting to make it more complicated!

rpatterson16 made it! (author)2015-02-07

Gorgeous, delicious, simple.
This is lightly floured before baking for those wanting a nice rustic look.

aghasahab made it! (author)2015-01-30

Amazing recipe, quick and easy... the only problem I had was I didn't have a big size tray for baking one huge loaf.. so I baked in small sizes, but it was an amazing experience.. Pictures attached people.. :)

ntowana (author)2015-01-23

I used whole wheat flour. My loaf did not rise as much though. I will post the final baked loaf.

kevin.armendariz.524 (author)2015-01-20

Im on a low sodium diet so i subbed balsamic glaze for salt and it came out amazing!

carriewhite27 (author)2015-01-17

wanda.d.newton (author)2015-01-15

Was wondering if I would need to make any allowances if I wanted to add cheese or herbs to this recipe.

cherry.sun.144 made it! (author)2015-01-10

Thanks for the recipe, I made it! Looks a bit burnt but tastes great :)

leanbatariodominguez made it! (author)2015-01-07

taste great,thanks for sharing

Aditi78 (author)2014-09-05

hi, thanks so much for such an easy and lovely recipe. I have tried it twice already. Had just one query, the crust seems to get too crispy for me. I thought maybe my timing wasn't correct (my oven has a limitation of 240 degrees, so timed it for 35 minutes). In my first attempt, timed it for a little lesser, but the crust seems to get very crisp. Is there something I m doing wrong. The insides come out perfect and taste really well too!

If your oven has a limit of 240 degrees, I'm assuming it is Celsius. This recipe is calls for 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need to heat your oven to 175 degrees C. Okay, so the exact conversion is somewhere around 176 degrees, but you will just have to adjust somewhere in between the 180 and 170 mark (if your oven is like mine).

KaraJ1 (author)2014-12-30

just made bread for the first time...and the family loved it! I used vegan butter and sprayed coconut oil in loaf pan to make it a vegan bread. Thanks for the easy recipe, great instructions and I love that it's braided! It looks so pretty and yummy! next up for this recipe: rolls and vegan French toast!

krista.seago (author)2014-12-26

Can I use this recipe to make rolls too?

linda.malnati.3 (author)2014-12-12

Well I couldn't believe how simple this Bread was to make ! so I had four Loaves ready in less than an hour !!! unbelievable ! they smelled so good and I could have easily made four more but thought I would wait till the taste test was over. my Family and I Loved it. will buy bread bags and I will just bake, bake, bake ! LOL thanks for such a great and easy recipe. you will be thought of Often. :)

CharlesW2 (author)2014-12-03

My Dad ate store bought food his entire life. Most of his meals were home cooked though. He was a hard worker but never exercised. And he only lived to age 97. Just think how long he might have lived if he had a better diet and excercised.

jillzumba (author)2014-11-30

My boyfriend and I love this bread. This a quick, easy, and delicious recipe. I have made it at least 50 times, turns out perfect every time. The last couple times I added 2 tbsp baking cocoa and an additional tbsp of sugar then used it for French Toast. Yummy!

vera.carroll.94 (author)2014-11-28

I totally agree. I would NEVER use margarine for anything - poisoned toxic plastic!

tracypaints (author)2014-11-15

dear god, NEVER use PAM or margarine; that stuff is poison. And organic flour and butter is much better. I am trying the recipe right now, but I am mixing it in my bread maker, so I'm hoping it will work.

withindusk (author)tracypaints2014-11-20

dear god, NEVER mistake PSEUDOSCIENCE for good advice; that stuff is intellectual poison.

EricS5 (author)2014-11-17

This is the first time for me to bake any kind of bread and your recipe helped a lot.

My first attempt, turned out to be quite dense, crumby but still tasty. Google searches told me that I didn't knead the dough enough.

On my second attempt, I made sure to knead until the dough looked like the pictures on your instructions. And...success!

I've now baked my 4th loaf since last week. :)

Thank you.

southernbell3 (author)2014-11-15

I've been baking bread a very long time and I must say that this is my new go-to recipe! Could it get any easier?? And what awesome directions & picture tutorial! I made two loaves!

southernbell3 (author)2014-11-15

I've been baking bread a very long time and I must say that this is my new go-to recipe! Could it get any easier?? And what awesome directions & picture tutorial! I made two loaves!

southernbell3 (author)2014-11-15

I've been baking bread a very long time and I must say that this is my new go-to recipe! Could it get any easier?? And what awesome directions & picture tutorial! I made two loaves!

KatGMoir (author)2014-11-09

I made this today and it's amazing! So simple to do but looks and tastes great. I let it sit for about half an hour the first time, instead of 10 mins because my kitchen is very cold. Also let it sit for a further 30 mins once it was in the pan before it went in the oven. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks a lot!

cmtedrow (author)2014-10-29

This recipe is so simple, yet amazing! Making round 2 today. My kids eat it up as fast as I can make it. Thank you for this awesome recipe!

JTCMOMMY (author)2014-10-21

Anyone know the nutritional facts for this recipe

dan.ziska (author)2014-10-19

This was REALLY good... I didn't trust you (sorry) so I soaked the yeast first for 10 mins in warm water, THEN added it to the mix. I'm not sure why but I had to go closer to 45 minutes, but it turned out a nice dense bread with a crispy crust. I'd never made bread before. This was good.

Rhinestone Marie (author)2014-10-18

FANTASTIC!! Great taste (and you know exactly what it is made with). Easy to follow instructions. Great fresh but still good if frozen and thawed. Simply amazing. Do not be afraid to try!!! 2 words...more please.

brandyld21 (author)2014-10-01

I just put two loafs in the oven!! I'm hoping everything turns out great! I really wanted to do something nice for my husband because we rarely are on the same schedule. I'll let you know how it turned out!! Also this was a very easy recipe and clean-up time was very short and simple.

teri.welker.1 (author)2014-09-14

The spread was very quick and easy to make at the last minute. It taste really good and looks beautiful.

jgriffith14 (author)2014-09-13

I made it it was a huge hit with my husband!

heather.leggett.37 (author)2014-09-03

do i cover the dough for the resting dough part?

dwaine28 (author)2014-08-26

WOW! Just made this for my wife and she loves it. Perfect one loaf of bread...

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