Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread {Recipe}

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

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! 

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Recipe: Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread 

Ingredients

-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)

Directions 

  1. In a Pyrex jug, pour the yeast into the warm water. Set aside for 5- 10 minutes
  2. While you let the yeast proof, measure the salt and sugar into a large bowl 
  3. After 5- 10 minutes, pour the yeast/ water combination into the bowl with the salt and sugar, followed by the oil. Stir until combined
  4. Add in flour 1 cup at a time, kneading to combine with the wet mixture
  5. Once all the flour has been added, knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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)
  10. 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!

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe
Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

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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Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Quinoa Flatbread

 

I love making homemade pizza (this is the recipe I use and love), but sometimes I want a bit of a twist and something a little different is in order. I’ve tried several attempts of gluten free foccacia bread and flat bread and they’ve turned out like bricks. So when I came across some ideas for flatbread made with quinoa I was intrigued. So far I’ve tried a few versions and haven’t been disappointed- serve up with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping for a yummy appy or make as a meal. (Next up is to try a sweet version with cinnamon)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
3 tsbp olive oil
2 eggs
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt & pepper
1/2 cup grated cheese (I used goat cheese)
1/4- 1/2 cup flour/ gluten- free flour (in case the mix seems too wet)

Topping suggestions: pesto, onions, olives, roast beets, avocado, goat cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees & line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients; add in flour if the mixture seems too wet (it shouldn’t be super runny when you scoop it onto the parchment)
3. Spread the mixture out evenly on the parchment paper using a spoon to smooth out the edges and top.
4. Cook for 15 minutes, remove from oven to sprinkle toppings on and then cook for another 5- 10 minutes until everything is cooked/ melted to your liking.

So far my favourite combos have had contrasts of flavour such as sweet and bitter (cooked beets with goat cheese) or salty and creamy (olives and avocados), and I love dipping it in olive oil and balsamic vinegar mixed with some herbs de Provence for a yummy Mediterranean twist. I’m looking forward to trying out a lot more combos over the Summer (how great would this be to bring to a potluck?). Hope you like it as much as I do!

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