Freshly baked bread is one of the most wholesome and delicious treats. You do not have to head to your nearest bakery or grocery store to get it, however. You can make fresh bread easily in your own kitchen.
Baking bread at home calls for you to have the right ingredients on hand. You have the option of making it by hand or with an electric bread machine, both of which give you delicious loaves of homemade bread to share with your family.
You only need six simple ingredients to make homemade bread. They are:
- One ½ ounce package of active dry yeast
- 2 ¼ cup of warm water that is between 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit
- Three tablespoons plus ½ teaspoon of white sugar
- Two tablespoons of canola, vegetable, or olive oil
- One teaspoon of table salt
- 6 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
To make homemade bread by hand, begin by combining the ½ ounce of active dry yeast with ½ teaspoon of white sugar in 2 ¼ cups of warm water. Let the yeast, sugar and water sit until bubbles form on top of the water.
Then mix the remaining sugar, salt and three cups of flour together. Stir the oil slowly into the yeast mixture. Pour it into the flour mixture and beat the mixture until it is smooth.
Stir in the remaining flour ½ cup at a time to form dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface or bread board and then knead it for eight to 10 minutes until it is elastic and smooth.
Place the dough into a greased bowl, turning it once to ensure that all sides of the dough are greased. Cover the dough, place it in a warm area and allow it to rest until it doubles in size, which can take up to two hours.
Once the dough has doubled, shape it into cylinder and place it in a greased bread pan. Bake it for 30 to 35 minutes in a 350 Fahrenheit oven until it is golden brown.
You can also use a bread machine to make homemade bread at home. Depending on the size of your bread machine, you may need to reduce the amount of the ingredients used. Most machines come with recipe booklets that outline how to make bread in them.
You also do not need to combine the ingredients in a bowl before placing them in the machine’s bread pan. You can simply pour all of them in, turn the bread machine on to the desired setting and allow it to knead and make the bread for you. Most machines only take an hour or less to make homemade bread.