Mmm, bread, homemade bread. I just love the smell of homemade bread baking. I used to make bread in our bread maker at least 3 times a week. It was great having homemade bread on hand. But then my bread machine died.
I thought about purchasing a new one right away. But I decided to give making bread by hand a try, after all that’s how I used to make bread before I purchased the bread machine.
I call this recipe a frugal recipe because it doesn’t take many ingredients and it’s inexpensive to make. It’s just $.44 a loaf. This recipe is fairly easy to make and I can make two loaves in the time it took my bread machine to make one. Making bread by hand does take a little more hands on time but most of the time is waiting for the bread to rise.
When I am baking bread I usually start the bread in the morning, mixing up the dough and adding it to the oven to rise. Then we do some of our homeschool lessons. After about an hour I come back and punch the dough down, shape it and place it in the loaf pans. After that small task, I have another half hour or so before I need to do anything again.
Once the dough has risen enough in the loaf pans, I turn the oven on and the great aroma of baking bread starts in just a short amount of time. Yum! So, if you don’t have a recipe and want to give bread baking a try, you’ll want to use this recipe. But be forewarned, your family may not want to go back to store-bought bread.
A few bread baking tips,
Make sure the water is warm and not hot. It should feel warm to the touch to be just right.
Mix in as much flour as you can with a spoon and then mix as much as you can with your hands.
The dough should be tacky but shouldn’t stick to your hands, if it’s too sticky add more flour.
The amount of flour needed can change with the weather, more humid or wet weather, you will need more flour.
To test to see if the loaf is done baking tap the top if it, if it sounds hallow it is done.
This recipe is great since it doesn’t use any eggs. It also doesn’t call for milk so it’s dairy free too. If you prefer whole wheat you could try substituting half of the all purpose flour for whole wheat and using brown sugar instead of white sugar in the recipe.
- 2 cups Warm Water
- 1 tablespoon Yeast
- 3 tablespoons Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Oil (canola, olive, or coconut melted)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 7 cups Flour
- Add the yeast to the warm water and stir to dissolve.
- In a large mixing bowl add the sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups of flour.
- Mix in the yeast mixture with the flour mixture. Gradually add in more of the flour to make a firm dough.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 8-10 minutes, until the dough becomes elastic and smooth.
- Place the dough in a oiled bowl and let rise in a warm place for about an hour.
- Punch down the dough and shape into loaves. Place the dough in greased loaf pans. Let rise until double about 30 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes.
- Remove the bread from loaf pans and cool on a wire rack.
Do you make your own bread?
Check out my homemade bread video tutorial. See all the steps in making this bread in a video.
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