Homemade Bread Recipe

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Introduction: Homemade Bread Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Enjoy!

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I have tried baking bread three to four times but i noticed that the bread remains dense, gummy & sometimes even raw. Any idea,What is the reason for this ?

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What am I doing wrong I have tried to make this bread three times I put the dry in the mixer add the water and butter and it never forms a dough help please

Awesome recipe I will be making this soon!

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

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!

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

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

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.

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?)

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!

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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

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

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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.

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!

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That looks good!

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.

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

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

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