Can we take a minute and talk about comfort food? I think now is the time more than ever to let food be a comfort, and what is more comforting than homemade bread? I used to find the idea of making my own bread intimidating, but I’ve gained some confidence and wanted to share our family’s favourite homemade bread recipe for you to try out with yours! This recipe calls for simple, basic ingredients and requires no more than a beginner skill level.
With the kids home all day, errrryday right now, I’m trying to think of activities that can incorporate a little bit of learning. Baking is something we enjoy and do fairly often (or we cheat and do a no-bake recipe, like these GF No Bake Protein Bites that the kids love) and it’s a great way to teach kids about measuring, chemistry, where our food comes from… just call me Ms Frizzle lol! And let’s face it, knowing how to make your own food is a life skill, so why not just go ahead and call this home ec 101. 😉
New to making bread? This recipe is perfect for beginners!
I started dappling with making my own bread in the Fall of last year and after a few tries, I felt like I had found a recipe I liked and that had consistent results. While searching for a recipe to use as a jumping-off point, I found Butter with a Side of Bread‘s recipe for Easy Homemade Bread and it lived up to its name. My homemade bread recipe is an adaptation of that one, and I absolutely recommend you check out this awesome blog for more great recipe ideas!
Another bonus of baking your own bread is that you can control the ingredients that are used (no yucky fillers/ preservatives, etc), and it’s a great money- saver. Ok, maybe that’s 2 benefits, but hey, the more the merrier! 😉 Enjoy it as a sandwich bread, or dip it in your fave oil/ vinegar combo- it’s a delicious, versatile loaf!
If I’ve got you convinced to give making your own bread a try, check out my recipe for Easy Homemade Bread below!
Recipe: Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread
-2 cups of water (warm is best!)
-1 1/2 tbsp yeast
-1/4 cup raw sugar
-1 tsp salt
-1/4 cup organic sunflower oil (olive oil or another neutral-flavour oil is also good)
-3 cups each organic whole wheat flour and unbleached all-purpose flour
(+ more for kneading)
- In a Pyrex jug, pour the yeast into the warm water. Set aside for 5- 10 minutes
- While you let the yeast proof, measure the salt and sugar into a large bowl
- After 5- 10 minutes, pour the yeast/ water combination into the bowl with the salt and sugar, followed by the oil. Stir until combined
- Add in flour 1 cup at a time, kneading to combine with the wet mixture
- Once all the flour has been added, knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes
- Roll the dough into a ball and lightly coat with more oil. Place in a large bowl and cover with a damp cloth or towel and let rise until the dough has doubled in size- approx. 1 hour
- When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and turn it onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough back into a large ball and cut in half
- Lightly oil two loaf pans. Roll the halves into two loaves and put one in each pan. Cover again and let rise for another hour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30- 40 minutes (when ready, loaves will be slightly golden brown and baked through when tested with a toothpick)
- Pop the bread out of the pans and cool on a rack or enjoy warm and fresh from the oven!
I love that this bread is healthy + not too heavy!
Find more delicious ideas on the OHP Recipes Page!
To check out the recipe that helped me kick start my bread making journey, check out Butter with a Side of Bread
Have you tried this recipe? I’d love to know what you think! oxox Kat
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