Today I’m attempting for the first time ever to make bread. EEK!!!!! I wanted to embrace my inner pioneer woman and see how it goes!!! I’m the type of person who wants to make my own bread, butter, etc. I told you guys I was meant for the Old West lol!! I think I’d fit in just perfectly.
BUT ANYWAY, I followed this recipe by Taste of Home. This being the first time I’ve made it, I didn’t change or alter any of the ingredients or instructions.
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
It comes in a package of 3 but you will only need 1 of the packets. Link here.
- 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
I just used warm water from the faucet TBH.
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
I used my Kitchen Aid mixer but you can do it by hand also. Just add a 1/2 cup each time to see how much you’ll need. You don’t want the dough to be runny. You want it to look “solid” and not stick to your spoon.
*So I’m watching videos on Youtube about baking bread. It seems the best thing is to let your yeast and warm water set for 5-10 minutes on it’s own (without stirring) before adding other ingredients to “proof”. I may try that next time because it’s been on every video I’ve watched so far.
*no picture, I was stressing at this point lol*
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
I think “floured surface” can’t be stressed enough. YOU WILL NEED LOTS OF FLOOR. It will be such a mess too. Don’t worry, you aren’t messing it up. I tried to put it on wax paper and do it that way but it just wasn’t working out. The paper kept lifting up, it would make holes, etc. I ended up putting floor into a large bowl and mixing it with floured hands that way. It worked 500 times better than the wax paper. Just make sure it’s mixed well. I think I’ll try using the dining table next time and just flouring the area really well. I also added in sprinkles of flour as I mixed it together. You want to lose most of the stickiness and it be a smooth ball of dough.
For the warm place, I put it in a greased bowl (place small amount of oil and rub it around the bowl with clean hands) as it says, covered with a kitchen towel and placed in front of our wall heater. I left it there for an hour.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
Pretty self explanatory on this step. I divided it as equally as I could and placed into the greased loaf pans (you can use oil or butter). Then placed it back in the warm area with the kitchen towel over it. I left it there for 40 minutes.
*In the Youtube videos, I’m seeing some roll out the divided dough to get out air bubbles. Then they roll it into a log shape and then place into the greased pans. I just tried to shape mine and then placed into the pan. Another tip learned for next time!
- Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
I removed the kitchen towel and placed both bread pans into the oven at 375° for 27-30 minutes. It really just depends on your oven how long to leave it.
*Youtube showed to place the bread into the oven, then preheat it. It says while heating, the bread will rise some more. I didn’t do that this time but making several notes since I’m a newbie!
- After the bread came out, I melted some butter and brushed onto the loaves.
- Wah lah! We’re finished!
I think I did pretty well for my first try. It had a great taste and my family really enjoyed it. As I noted previously, I watched some Youtube videos and learned some tricks that I’ll use next time. Lucky for you, you can learn the tricks ahead of time by reading this and not learning by trial and error like I’m having to haha!!
I also recommend watching some videos on kneading your bread as there seems to be a technique to it. Overall, to me baking bread is a learning process. I think you’ll just have to make it a couple of times to get things just the way you want them or to get your technique/recipe just right. If it tastes good then that’s all that matters in my opinion!! If you attempt to make this, please share photos and let me know your thoughts below!