Bread is one of the best things in the whole world, am I right?! Not the best thing for my waistline, but it’s definitely a heavenly comfort food indulgence that I absolutely love. Well, I love all carbs, but that’s besides the point…
I recently discovered that I could make my own homemade bread, without a bread machine! I never would’ve guessed that something so delicious could come out of my oven without a ton of effort to make it.
Making your own homemade bread is quite simple to do. With only five ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your home, you can be on your way to having warm, fluffy, crusty bread in no time!
Easy Homemade Bread Recipe
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own delectable loaf of homemade bread:
– 3 cups flour
– 2 tbsp yeast (I used Red Star Active Dry Yeast)
– 2 tsp honey
– 1 tsp oil ( I used Almond Oil because the flavor isn’t overwhelming compared to olive oil)
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 & 1/4 cup warm (not hot) water
1. First, pour the water into a medium sized bowl. Then, add in the oil, salt, honey, and yeast. Stir gently to mix together.
2. Let the water mixture sit for about 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. It will get to a frothy type of consistency.
3. Tip: You can do this next step either by hand, or with a stand mixer
(which makes it very easy)!
Transfer your water mixture to the stand mixer bowl. You’ll begin adding in the flour to the water in 1-cup increments. Pour in 1/2 – 1 cup, mix it up until it’s totally mixed, then add in another half cup or cup (totally up to you how you want to mix it). You want the consistency to become very doughy, and not too sticky…yet not too dry either.
4. Once your flour is fully added, and you have a dough ball, remove the dough from your stand mixer bowl.
5. On a lightly floured surface (such as your kitchen table) you’re going to gently knead the dough until it’s even without any lumps.
6. Then, cover it up with a cloth and leave it in a slightly warm place to rise. It should rise for at least 30 minutes (if you’re in a rush) and ideally up to an hour. You can also leave it in your fridge over night if you’re not making the bread right away. If you are making it right away go ahead and PREHEAT your oven to 400 degrees at this time.
Tip: I’ve made this recipe quite a few times, and I’ve left it to rise in various places such as: the microwave with the door closed (not cooking, just as a dark place), I’ve also left mine to rise in right on the kitchen table, covered with a towel, in front of a window.
7. After the bread as approximately doubled in size during the rise, it is ready to be shaped it into a loaf.
8. After you shape it into a loaf, let it rest and rise for another 20-30 minutes.
9. Once it has risen again, use sharp knife to very gently make super shallow cuts on the top of the loaf. Don’t go too deep or the bread will collapse.
10. Place the bread into the 400 degree oven on a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes, and if you like your bread a little crispier bake up to 30-35 minutes. Just keep an eye on it during the last minutes to see how golden it’s getting.
Once it is done baking, let it cool. Get some butter to spread on top…and I dare you to try not to eat the whole loaf in one sitting. YUM!