Introduction: Homemade Bread Using a KitchenAid

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I am going to show you how to make your own delicious homemade bread using a kitchenAid! 

Step 1: Materials

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Kitchen Aid with dough hook.
2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons of yeast
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
5-5 1/2 cups white flour
1 tablespoon wheat germ (optional)

Step 2: Proofing Yeast

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The first thing we want to do is proof our yeast. We will need 2 cups of warm water, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of yeast, and 2/3 cup of sugar. Place the three ingredients in a bowl and stir for a few seconds, we want to make sure that the ingredients have been lightly mixed together. Now we let this sit for approximately 3-5 minutes, until the yeast starts to foam as shown in the picture. 

Step 3: The Ingredients

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Now we will place the proofed yeast into the KitchenAid. We are going to add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and 5-5 1/2 cups of flour. I also like to add 2 tablespoons of wheat germ to add flavor, but it is not necessary. We will need the dough hook that is made for the KitchenAid. (See photo)

Step 4: Mixing

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Now that all the ingredients have been added, we are going to turn the KitchenAid on to it's lowest setting and allow the flour to slowly be mixed into the water. If the KitchenAid is turned to high, flour will be thrown out of the KitchenAid and you will have a white kitchen to clean up. Once the flour and water have been mixed to a somewhat dough, you can turn the KitchenAid up to a higher speed to kneed the dough.

Step 5: Bread Pan

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While the KitchenAid is doing it's work, we want to get the bread pan ready. To prepare the bread pan, all we need to do is make sure that the inside of the pan is coated in butter so the bread will not stick after it is cooked.

Step 6: Dough Consistancy

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After the KitchenAid has been mixing our dough for approximately 7-10 minutes, it should have a nice think consistency. (See photo)

Step 7: Place Dough in Bread Pan.

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In this step we simply want to separate the dough into 2 equal sections. One section is enough for one loaf of bread. You can use the second half in another bread pan, or  place it in a ziplock bag and freeze it for later use. 

Step 8: Rising Dough

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Now the bread needs to rise. All that we need to do is place a kitchen towel over the bread pan so that the bread doesn't dry out, and place it in a warm place for  20-30 min to allow it to rise. 

Step 9: Preheat Oven

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Once the dough is getting close to the top of the bread pan, we want to get the oven ready. The oven needs to preheat to 350 Degrees. 

Step 10: Cook Bread

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Now that the dough has risen, and the oven is preheated and ready to go, all we need to do is place the bread pan into the oven. I recommend placing the rack on one of the lower settings. If the bread is placed on a rack too high in the oven, the top will burn before the inside has a chance to bake. 

Step 11: Complete!

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You should bake the loaf for 30-35 minutes. If you think it needs more time than that, it would be a good idea to check the bread every 5 minutes after the 30 minute time. To tell if the bread is done, is by the crust. It should be dry, very firm, and a nice golden brown color. If its still very pale, you need to give it a few more minutes.

I usually set the timer for 20 minutes and rub butter over the top and then finish baking it for the final 10 mins. When the bread is done, remove the pan from the stove and place the bread on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

- a final note: If you want to use the dough for rolls, what I have found works is cooking the rolls for 10-15 minutes (depending on size of roll).


PaulP295 (author)2017-05-29

I didn't have my glasses on the first time I made this and I thought it called for vinegar. Could have swore it! Sure tasted good. A little crumbly and not as fluffy, but it was delicious. (there wasn't olive oil in it.) The second time I made it I forgot the vinegar (again no olive oil). Tasted good. Didn't hold together well. Very fluffy. This is my first go at it with correct ingredients. We will see?? I might substitute 1/4 the cup of water for 1/4 cup of vinegar and add the olive oil.

Fireydragon made it! (author)2016-08-10

My daughter and I loved this bread, however my husband says it's way too sweet -what can I do to make it less of a sweet bread?

bonniec136 (author)Fireydragon2017-05-27

Try using 1/2 of the sugar. It worked for me. Or just experiment until you get the correct amt of sweetness for your family. Good luck and hope you will continue to enjoy!

bonniec136 (author)2017-05-27

I have made this recipe 3x since March when I purchased my latest KitchenAid. I cut the sugar in half when making bread for sandwiches and toast. Would use entire amt if making a sweet bread dough. Next, I will be trying it as sandwich rolls.

missmar6 (author)2017-01-24

I thought we had to make positive comments here.

Fireydragon (author)2016-08-10

I made rolls last night and put the dough in a greased muffin tins. My daughter says it was delicious!!

LisaM244 (author)2016-04-22

this bread recipe is the best I've done yet, wow wow wow,

slick0893 (author)2016-03-10

what kind of yeast? rapid rising or what?

Patti4days (author)2016-02-24

Can anyone tell me if i would need to adjust rising / baking time if i wanted to substitute whole wheat flour for the white flour? Also, would i need to adjust the wet ingredients? Thank you.

SPereault (author)2016-02-02

My family and I love this bread recipe and would like to start using it instead of buying store bread. Any advise on what can be done to make it more of a sandwich bread (less soft) and if I wanted to freeze it what would be the steps? Everything I have read says to freeze after the first rise; however, this recipe only has one rise.

SPereault (author)2016-02-02

My family and I love this bread recipe and would like to start using it instead of buying store bread. Any advise on what can be done to make it more of a sandwich bread (less soft) and if I wanted to freeze it what would be the steps? Everything I have read says to freeze after the first rise; however, this recipe only has one rise.

LAC63 made it! (author)2016-01-19

I just got my new Kitchenaid Mixer and the first thing I made was this bread recipe. The instructions were spot on and the bread turned out very good. I leaned closer to the 5 cups of flour rather than 5 1/2. The dough was a little stickier but still awesome. The wheat germ also gave the bread a nutty flavor. Thanks for my "go to" bread recipe!

VeronicaN (author)2015-07-14

I'm by no means an experienced baker, but this was easy to make and the texture turned out well. It is however way too sweet for a regular bread.

theroyalscot (author)2015-04-23

Sad looking dough in that bread pan and in the oven doesn't appear to have risen at all...This is terrible advice for a newcomer

brenda.freeson made it! (author)2015-04-04

I found this bread a little sweet, but it lasted the entire week in the refridgerator. it was a nice dense loaf that made great toast. trying it again as sweet cinnamon bread! made it! (author)2015-03-22

Made this today. Turned out great. My wife loved it too

AKMarkB made it! (author)2015-01-21

I made this bread today for use in Pepperoni Rolls and they turned out great. If you don't know what those are look them up. They are a tasty snack and this bread will now be my go to bread when I make them from now on.

karenaf21 (author)2015-01-17

I used 3 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups white....two types of buns, very yummy!

melissa.myers.7311 made it! (author)2015-01-13

Pretty tasty, I'll tweak this recipe towards my palette in the future, that's with a little less sugar, and more salt. My next one will be proof with 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup milk, a third cup sugar and add a quarter more teaspoon salt.

khudson73 made it! (author)2015-01-05

Just pulled mine out of the oven. :) I used bread flour so that might be why it actually took an hour of rising time, but it looks amazing. Thank you for the recipe. :)

siouxfallsfan. made it! (author)2015-01-03

It's snowing and blowing out (-35 wind chill) so decided to try a new recipe with my KitchenAid. I haven't made bread for at least 10 years. Divided the dough in half. Mixed in some raisins in the second half and rolled it out for caramel rolls. My wife and son loved them. Doesn't taste quite like a sweet dough but was still really good. Easy caramel recipe:

1/4 C sugar

1/4 C brown sugar

1/4 C butter

1/4 C vanilla ice cream

Bring to low boil, pour in pan before placing in rolls.

gcrossey made it! (author)2014-12-20

Came out great!

whiting7507 (author)gcrossey2014-12-21


handvsmom (author)2014-12-21

Going to try tomorrow. Love the step by step pictures with the directions. So far I have attempted 4 different ways but all have ended up turning out hard. Hoping to get some positive results tomorrow.

whiting7507 (author)handvsmom2014-12-21

Good luck! I hope it works out great for you. Please let me know how it goes :)

aladdinsgenie (author)2014-10-19

20 mins at 350? Most recipes call for longer or use higher temps.

gcrossey (author)aladdinsgenie2014-12-20

20 min - then cover with butter. Bake for another 10 minutes (or longer).

gcrossey (author)2014-12-20

Thank you. Your instructions are prefect. I have tried making dough with my KitchenAid a few times already - the Basic Bread recipe from the KitchenAid cookbook has never created a good result - mostly due to the instructions not being clear on what speeds to use, and for how long. You recipe had the bits of information I was missing before. My dough came out fab... felt right to the touch. The dough is proofing - then into the oven it goes.

benita.aldrich (author)2014-12-12

I just made this with my new KitchenAid. It turned out great! Love that dough hook!

tim.dall (author)2014-09-21

Ingredients say 1 teaspoon of salt. The directions, though, say 1 tablespoon of salt. Which is it?

whiting7507 (author)tim.dall2014-09-21

Oh! I need to fix that. Definitely 1 teaspoon

tim.dall (author)whiting75072014-09-21

This was my first attempt at making bread with our new KitchenAid, and this recipe was great. The family all enjoyed the bread.

whiting7507 (author)tim.dall2014-10-19

Great! I am glad you liked it!

whiting7507 (author)2014-10-19

I am so sorry that I have not responded to your comments, I have been away from my computer for too long! Looking through my recipe I see that the bake time should be 30-35 mins, I am sure that the time will also vary depending on individual ovens. What I do is rub the butter on at 20 minutes and then finish baking for 10 more minutes. I would suggest that if you bake it straight through, that at 30 mins you start checking every 5 mins to make sure it does not burn. Thanks for catching the error, I will go back and make the needed change!

cindy.delcheccolo (author)2014-10-12

Is this correct? Only 20 min baking? I plan on trying it tomorrow.

paul.r.wilson (author)2014-10-12

I made this today but I'm not quite sure where you got the 20 minute baking time. It took 45 minutes at 350 degrees to cook for me.

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