The first thing you need to understand when baking your own homemade bread is this: YOU WILL NOT PRODUCE GROCERY STORE LOOKING WHITE FLUFFY LOAVES !
Ok now that we’ve got that out of the way, our expectations are a bit more realistic. So I wanted to make some homemade bread from scratch. I did what I always do, I googled: Simple Bread Recipe. I google simple_____ recipes all of the time. Always find the shortest easiest recipes that way and this one was perfect. This was first recipe that came up and seemed easy enough and inexpensive enough. http://www.thesimpledollar.com/homemade-bread-cheap-delicious-healthy-and-easier-than-you-think/ I’ve got to give all credit and due respect to the author. Great recipe and great blog, check it out!
I always read the comments to see what changes others have had to make and with this recipe, the result seemed to be that most people were pretty satisfied with the end result. The only thing I did that was different than his recipe was to follow the instructions for the yeast that were on the package and I added a few drops of water to the dough as I was kneading because it was too dry. I’m no expert pastry chef but I went with my instincts as to what the dough to look and feel like. This recipe takes a good two and half hours. Making the dough is fairly quick and the baking last thirty minutes but your dough will need to raise for an hour twice. I’ll explain more in the pictures below. All in all, my family was pleased with the results. The bread is delicious. Mine came out a little dense this first time but I think if I let my yeast work a little longer before making the dough, add a bit more water and maybe warm my milk, I’ll get a fluffier/lighter bread. Also, I’ve read that you should put the bread in a piping hot oven. So I let my oven preheat during all of that dough rising time, two hours. A preheating oven’s stove top is an ideal place to set your dough as it rises as it needs to raise in a warm place. So I’ll whip another one day next week and let you know how it turns out! Enjoy!
All that was missing was my strawberry jam…..didn’t know we were out! But it was wonderful and easy. I could see myself making my own bread very often.