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Homemade Bread Recipe

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I love making 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 2 minutes, and I have bread that smells and tastes like it's just out from the oven. I experienced making bread and this are the ingredients and measurements I came up with to make the perfect bread.

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 margarine (oil or butter work just fine, I prefer margarine)
1 egg

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If you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer, that's great it will do the work for you. But if you don't, it's ok, you can mix everything by hand and it will turn just fine. I will be using a mixer and the dough attachment.
Start by putting the flour, the yeast, the sugar and the salt and start mixing on speed 2 .. Add the warm water, 1 cup or as much as you need, 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. At the end, cut the margarine into small cubes and add it to the mixing 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 bit of  flour and form it into a ball. After that, put the dough on the counter or on a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes.q
 
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JTCMOMMY55 minutes ago
Anyone know the nutritional facts for this recipe
dan.ziska2 days ago

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.

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.

brandyld2120 days ago

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.

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

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jgriffith141 month ago
I made it it was a huge hit with my husband!
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Aditi781 month ago

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!

do i cover the dough for the resting dough part?

dwaine281 month ago

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

jhorning3 months ago

why braid them?

TheGina4 months ago

Very flavorful. I had to cook it 45 minutes to get the golden brown and it turned out a little bit gluey inside, but I like it! I think the next time it will turn out even better. Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

fedrowl7 months ago

Delicious....

mcleary68 months ago
This bread came out awesome...and its easy and delicious. Thankyou for teaching me how to make homemade bread it was my first time :)
Suev5310 months ago
I made this bread today and it tastes great, but had a lumpy appearance on the crust instead of smooth like your picture. Do you know a solution for this bumpy crust? I am not an experienced bread maker so this is a learning process.
kmcdonald1110 months ago
Hi i would love to make 5 loaves of this bread. Do i double all ingredients? If not what do i do?
BADMANU (author)  kmcdonald1110 months ago
For five loaves multiply the ingredients for one loaf by five(15 cups of flours, etc)
Hope that helps
Even the yeast? So it would be 15tsps dry active yeast?
deannajofurman10 months ago
What's up Bread Queen- I'm making this recipe now with 10 minutes to go in the oven. OMG - I can't wait to try it! Thanks a bunch! This is by far, the easiest, fastest, most delicious smelling bread EVER.

Happy Holidays!
zanunz1 year ago
Love this recipe. Will be trying it myself. Here is a recipe for French Bread that I made today and it turned out awesome. My advice would be to let it sit for 2 hours after rolled into the loaf. Mine did not rise completely.

http://www.welcometosuccessonline.com/baking-bread-homemade-bread-recipe-not-bread-maker-recipes/
tilt3dhal01 year ago
I just tried the recipe this morning. Awesome! I have 5 children so I don't want to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen. This was easy and quick to make. Everyone loves it, including my husband. I followed directions exactly and at first thought the dough was too hard, but once I added the butter it was perfect. I let mine rest for about 30 minutes only because I had to calm a crying baby an base another one around. Hahaha I will definitely be making this every other day..even passing the recipe on to others to enjoy!! Thank you so much for sharing!! :)
Sumkp1 year ago
All I have is bread flour and Red Star Quick Rise Yeast. Do you think this will work with your recipe?
jmccumber1 year ago
Never mind thank I found it!!!!
jmccumber1 year ago
I am sorry but did you say to add butter in the flour mixture? Did not see it.

Thank you!
It looks awesome do I decided to make it and I did it exactly how you said I should and it was going perfect but when I cut into it it came out doughy, I honestly don't know why, any idea how I can stop that happening next time?
Love it! Super easy and very tasty!
Brilliant! What a time saver and it taste absolutely amazing! I have been trying to make bread for a couple month's now and they have not turned out. Found this one this morning, have made the it and it turn out! Thank you for posting this recipe, I am going back to the kitchen and I am going to make a couple more for the week and freeze them!
Patieman1 year ago
I have now made this twice. Perfect both times !! Thanks for sharing!
macej001 year ago
I made this to go with my veggie beef soup. I bake bread but never found a recipe that was so fast and easy to make and tasted so great! I posted the link on my FB page; that's how impressed I was!! I think I will try your soup next :)Thanks!!

MrSnow1 year ago
Thanks Badmanu!! First time ever baking bread...turned out amazing!! I used the mixer on setting 2 as instructed and then turned it up to 8 for a few short periods of time.
I used kosher salt and butter which gave it a great taste. I also took the suggestions on longer rising times. This recipe will definitely be repeated!!
Sir or ma'am, I have never done this before and I was wondering if I could do this without a bread pan? Suppose I used a small caserole dish that is a square shape, would it burn it or something since its wide and flat instead of the bread pan that is narrow and tall?
BADMANU (author)  vintagevalentine551 year ago
You can bake it in a different shape dish, it makes no difference.
maryadam51 year ago
the bread looks awesome!just have a question,most breads you have to let the dough rise till doubled.It seems this bread you only let it rise for ten minutes,or do you let it rise while its in the pan?I want to makke this bread but want to do it right,thanks
BADMANU (author)  maryadam51 year ago
You can let it rise in the pan for 15 min, it should be sufficient
can i use half whole wheat flour and half white flour?
denisemb1 year ago
well, i have made many different types of bread before an i thought i would try yours. so smart alec that i am i took down the ingredients didn't bother to read the rest of your instructions, cause i know how to make braided breads. lol. i used my bread machine to make the dough, where it is doing its thing right now. well i decided that i would now read the rest of the recipe. oh my i just found out that the egg is for a glaze not for the mix. and there is no rising with this recipe. oh man i have no clue how its going to turn out. well the timer just went off so here goes. this should be interesting.
BADMANU (author)  denisemb1 year ago
It's no big deal if you put egg in the dough, but i noticed that the eg makes it crumbly ober time, so since we freeze bread for two weeks, and then defrost and eat it, it gets crumbly, but if you est it right away, it should mot change it.
finnyfinn1 year ago
Can you please tell me what size bread pan?
BADMANU (author)  finnyfinn1 year ago
It's an ikea pan, honestly don't know the size, but any pan would work just fine, the bread takes the shape of the bread, no problem.
I just got done cutting a piece of this wonderful recipe.... It's still gummy so I'm shoving it back in the oven.... I do not blame the recipe for this (it still tasted great though!!)
I'm not sure if putting it back in the oven will help or hurt it but I guess I will find out.

Ok I have two reasons this didn't turn out like the others

1. I've never made bread before (oops I guess I now have 3 reasons!)
2. When I went to cut the margarine in I found that my wonderful husband put it in the fridge so it was not as soft as it should have been
3. I used yeast that I made, this could have caused the bread to need to bake longer.

When making this with homemade yeast you are using yeast water sooooo that could make it need more time to bake??????

Great recipe though and I will keep messing with it (using my homemade yeast) until I get it right!!
BADMANU (author)  Chickeemama1 year ago
I think that the reason you have to bake it more might be your oven and definitely your yeast, my advice, until the top is brown I would not mess with it. Good luck!
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