How to Make Homemade Bread

Imagine this – warm homemade bread with butter melting on top.  Is your mouth watering?  Good news is you can make 6 loaves of homemade bread in about 3 hours.  Any meal planning and food prep dreamers out there?  Think French toast, toasted sandwiches, garlic bread, and more!  The possibilities are endless with 6 fresh loaves of bread!   You do NOT need any special culinary skills, so get started NOW with this step-by-step guide on how to make homemade bread today!  GO!

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Here are the tools you will need to make your 3 hours (less than half is hands on) as EASY as possible:

  1. Large plastic bowl
  2. Digital food scale
  3. 1 large plastic storage container 21″ L x 15″ W x 8 1/2″ D
  4. Plastic gloves (disposable)
  5. Dough Scraper or knif
  6. 6 loaf pans
  7. Lame
  8. Spray bottle (any size)
  9. Cooling Racks
  10. Plastic bags for storing bread

 

Using a bowl on the digital food scale, measure out the sugar, salt, flour, dry milk, and instant yeast. 

THIS IS THE SECRET!  Measuring the ingredients in weight makes it faster, easier and better bread! 

After all the dry ingredients are measured put them in the large plastic storage container.  Add your softened butter and water (~112 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Wearing plastic gloves, mix and knead the ingredients with your hands until a soft, slightly sticky dough is formed.  You may need to add a little flour as you go to get to this consistency.

Once the soft, slightly sticky dough is formed in the plastic container cover it with a towel.  Let it rise until it has doubled in size (1 1/2 – 2 hours).

Deflate the dough and divide into six 2 lb. portions using the digital scale (Tip: use wax paper).  Shape each portion (see video below) and place in the lightly greased loaf pans.

Preheat the oven to 385 degrees.

Cover the dough in the loaf pans, and let it rise until the dough is slightly above the pan (~25 minutes).

After the dough has risen use your lame to score the bread 3-5 times per loaf. 

 

Use your spray bottle to spritz the top of the bread with milk.  If desired, sprinkle sesame, poppy, or other seeds on top of the bread.  The milk helps the bread brown, and the seeds stick to the bread.

Bake the loaves for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Turn bread out onto a cooling rack immediately.

After the bread has completely cooled, bag each loaf. 

Now, Enjoy!  We freeze this bread to keep it on hand to make sandwiches (my favorite is toasted on a skillet), French Toast (so delicious), regular toast, homemade garlic bread (add cheese to make it even more indulgent), and more! 

Hope you enjoy!  Look forward to hearing about how your family enjoyed this delicious bread!

Homemade Bread
Yields 6
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Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
3 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3300 grams flour
  2. 140 grams sugar
  3. 68 grams salt
  4. 68 grams dry milk
  5. 49 grams instant yeast
  6. 1952 grams water
  7. 2 sticks butter (softened)
  8. Non-stick spray or oil for loaf pans
Instructions
  1. Using a bowl on the digital food scale, measure out the sugar, salt, flour, dry milk, and instant yeast.  After all the dry ingredients are measured put them in the large plastic storage container.
  2. Add your softened butter and water (~112 degrees Fahrenheit).
  3. Wearing plastic gloves, mix and knead the ingredients with your hands until a soft, slightly sticky dough is formed.  You may need to add a little flour as you go to get to this consistency.
  4. Once the soft, slightly sticky dough is formed in the plastic container cover it with a towel.  Let it rise until it has doubled in size (1 1/2 - 2 hours).
  5. Deflate the dough and divide into six 2 lb. portions using the digital scale (Tip: use wax paper).  Shape each portion and place in the lightly greased loaf pans.
  6. Preheat the over to 385 degrees.
  7. Cover the dough in the loaf pans, and let it rise until the dough is slightly above the pan (~25 minutes).
  8. After the dough has risen use your lame to score the bread 3-5 times per loaf.
  9. Use your spray bottle to spritz the top of the bread with milk.  If desired, sprinkle sesame, poppy, or other seeds on top of the bread.
  10. Bake the loaves for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Turn bread out onto a cooling rack immediately.
  12. After the bread has completely cooled, bag each loaf.
Notes
  1. SECRET: Measure all dry ingredients using a digital scale!
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16 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Bread

  1. I have always been intimidated by homemade bread for some reason. It always seemed so complicated but I am starting to think that I can do it.

    1. You can! These tips make it pretty easy. Plus you will have enough to last a while, so it makes it worth the effort!

    1. Check back and PLEASE tell me how it goes! This is a family favorite recipe. The toast is the best!!!

  2. This looks so good, I want to try it as French toast. I buy frozen dough and make my “homemade bread”. LOL my husband laughs at me every time. I will try this recipe next time.

  3. Homemade bread is the next best thing since sliced bread! … wait a minute …
    Anyway, I haven’t made any “real” bread in quite a while. I have a bread machine but it’s really not the same. You’ve inspired me to get my hands doughy again!

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