Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Homemade Bread

Even if you've never made homemade bread before
No special equipment required...

This is the first bread I've ever made
without a bread machine! (besides zucchini)
(I used to own one about 8 years ago!)
I've made 2 batches now and I'm pretty sure
I'll not be buying bread at the store anymore!!!

Anyway... 5 ingredients! That's it!

Thanks to Sarah at 8 Muddy Boots for passing it along
and Chickens in the Road for the recipe.

Homemade Grandmother Bread
((for 2 loaves))
3 cups warm water
1 T. yeast (1 pkt)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup Sugar
7-8 cups flour

In large bowl combine water, yeast, sugar, and salt.
Stir and let sit 5 min.

Stir in 3 cups flour, then stir in 2 more. Stir in 1 more and you'll
probably have to start kneading it in. Add 1-2 more.
I only added a little over 7 cups. Don't add too much.
Mine is still the slightest bit sticky in some areas when I'm done.

Spray another bowl with cooking spray and put the dough in it.
Cover with a towel or I like to use saran wrap sprayed w/ spray.

Place in a warm spot and let rise for about an hour. (until doubled)

Take out and punch down on a floured surface,
adding a little more flour (I only added around 1/4 cup)
Knead for a minute or so and divide in half.

Put in 2 sprayed loaf pans and cover again.
Let rise again for about an hour. (until doubled) or
about an inch above the pans.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for around 25 minutes
I only baked it for 20 minutes. My oven is hot and we
like it the slightest bit doughy!

Now it sounds like a lot of steps, but seriously
it is only about 15-20 minutes of work and the rest
is waiting for it to raise and bake!

You should see the kids flock over for a warm piece
when I pull them out of the oven.

And the cost!!! WAHOO!!
I figured it up and I'm only paying about
.25-.35 cents per loaf.
It's better ingredients, better tasting,
more filling, and no preservatives!

Anyone else have a super easy bread recipe??

Next week
If I can do it, you can too!

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SnoWhite said...

Awesome! I love homemade bread -- and this does sound great. Can you make it with some wheat flour?

BentoForKidlet said...

That's very similar to the recipe I use! I love love love simple and delicious homemade bread :D

Jessica said...

This sounds great. I have been wanting to make homemade bread, but did not know how to without a bread machine. I am gonna have to try this.

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jsprik said...

i ADORE homemade bread, especially when its easy!!! :) thnx!!

Megan said...

SnoWhite -- I don't see why you can't add some wheat flour?? I went to the original recipe and she doesn't mention it. I'd give it a try!

I used high gluten instead of all purpose.


Sarah said...

Way to GO! Looks good! And it IS SO much better than store bought! I am making bread like CRAZY, and I love it. I love having it be a healthy side to our meal!

I did actually use wheat flour in this recipe once, because I ran out of white, and it turned out good!

heartnsoulcooking said...

I love homemade bread, I always made it without the bread machine. What a workout.
Now, I use my bread machine and just sometime for old recipes that aren't for my kitchen helper I have to make by hand. I think my family enjoys when I make bread that way.

ThrifyTrio said...

Ok, 25cent-35 cents a loaf is what has me convinced. I pay $1.79 for Sara Lee White bread. It's the best of the "cheap" breads. Now I am going to make this, the only problem is not eating the whole loaf at once :) Thanks so much for this, and the other things I glean from your site :)


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