(Video) Homemade Bread

Hello Beautiful Nesters I how hope you all are blessed and doing well. Today I will be showing you how to make homemade bread that’s really easy and doesn’t require a bread machine. Yes I said it doesn’t require a bread machine. All you have to do is put in a little elbow grease and knead your dough a bit. I love making this bread for simple dishes like sandwiches. If you use it for sandwiches it’s best to keep it as one whole loaf so that your slices are bigger. Bread dough is very flexible and forgiving you can add what ever you like to your dough when your adding your other ingredients. This will create artisan style bread loafs. For example if you want a more savory loaf, add rosemary, garlic, and other herbs. If you want a sweet loaf feel free to add nuts, cranberries and other seeds. It will be delicious no matter what you do trust me, its hard to get this wrong. I’m not a master bread matter but I can say I keep homemade bread on my families table every week. They love it! As soon as it comes out of the oven and cools down nearly half of a loaf is eaten.
You can also use this recipe for your holiday cornbread dressing, sub rolls, and dinner rolls the possiblities are endless. So let’s get started. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups of hot water (keep the temperature between 103-108 degrees fahrenheit) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey or sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • (Feel free to use whatever oil you like)
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour to be adding to activate the gluten
  • 1/2 cup increments of bread flour to be adding to the dough until you reach your desired dough consistency
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt (or salt to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of cane sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • (You may adjust your sugar as needed)

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit

In a large glass bowl add 1 1/2 cups of hot water to a bowl with 1 teaspoon of cane sugar and whisk well to dissolve the sugar in the water. Once the sugar is dissolved sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons of dry active yeast over the top of the water. (Do not mix or stir)
Cover your bowl with a clean kitchen towel and sit it aside for about seven to ten minutes until the yeast is frothy on top of the water. If your yeast is not frothy it may be dead and it is best to start again with a fresh pack.
If your yeast is ready to go whisk the ingredients together. Add 1/2 cup of all purpose flour to the bowl and whisk vigorously to activate the gluten. Next, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of cane sugar (remember to adjust the sugar as needed), 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and whisk all of the ingredients together until well combined. Add 1/2 cup of bread flour to the bowl and mix well. Continue adding 1/2 of a cup at the time and mixing in between until you need to switch to a wooden spoon.
Once your dough is well combined scrape the sides down and turn your dough out onto a lightly floured board. Lightly dust your hands so that the dough doesn’t stick to the board or your hands. Using clean hands stretch the dough from the edges and begin to fold the edges into the center of the dough. Use the palm of your hand and push the dough in a forward motion to begin the kneading process. Repeat this until the dough is smooth and sounds compact when you tap the ball of dough. Oil a glass bowl and place the dough inside. Cover the dough to rise for about 30 minutes until it doubles in size.
Turn the dough out onto a floured board once again for the second knead. Only this time you WILL NOT knead vigorously or for a long period of time. If you do it may cause your bread to be tough. It is only necessary to stretch the dough out and knead it once. Create the ball of dough and either roll it out for loaves, cut it into smaller balls for dinner rolls or sub rolls it’s up to you. I cut the dough in half for two loaves and added slits to the top for esthetics. Place the loaves on a greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown. You can tap the bread to check it as well if it sounds a bit hollow on the inside it should be ready.

You can bast your loaves with a little butter or vegan butter or leave them as is. I hope you enjoy your homemade bread let me know how yours turns out.

Enjoy!

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