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Easy Homemade Bread Recipes

There’s nothing quite like warm homemade bread with melting butter. Makes your mouth water, right? Mine too.

I grew up with my grandparents and my grandma never made bread. I didn’t even know people actually baked bread. It wasn’t until I got married that I realized people bake bread all the time. My mother-in-law used to make bread for my husband while he was growing up.

It took me a while to perfect my recipe. And I’ve tried several recipes over the years. I’ve stuck with this one because it’s easy and simple and I am the Queen of Simple. I like recipes that I can just pull together from regular ingredients I have in my fridge or pantry.

You can make this recipe with white flour, wheat flour, or a combination of both. I usually add a few cups of wheat flour and use mostly unbleached white organic flour. I have used only wheat flour and it turns out yummy, but the loaves are denser and don’t rise as well as when there’s also white flour.

When I make wheat bread, I prefer to grind my own wheat. Freshly ground wheat is the BEST. My family loves it. When I lived in rural Colorado, it was easy to purchase a bag of wheat and then grind it, but now that I live in a city, I don’t purchase bags of wheat anymore.

My family still loves homemade bread even if I don’t grind the wheat myself.

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Ingredients                                     6 loaves

  • 1 quart lukewarm water
  • 4 TBSP active yeast (I use Fleischmanns)
  • 1 quart lukewarm milk
  • 4 TBSP sugar
  • 3 TBSP salt
  • 2/3 Cups oil
  • 8-10 Cups flour

Directions

1. Add the yeast to your mixer.(I LOVE my Bosch mixer)

2. Add the lukewarm water to activate the yeast.

3. Add the milk, sugar, salt, and oil.

4. Add the flour cup by cup until the dough pulls cleanly away from the sides of the mixing bowl.

5. Knead for about 7 minutes.

6. Divide into 6 equal parts and shape into loaves.

7. Place the loaves in glass loaf pans coated with non-stick spray.

8. Let dough rise for 30 minutes or until it is above the edges of the loaf pan.

9. Place in a cold oven, then turn the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 35 minutes.

Like I said, I use my Bosch mixer to make 6 loaves. You can make fewer loaves by adjusting the recipe. I like to take extra loaves to neighbors or friends or put them in the freezer to use later. My family LOVES homemade bread, so there aren’t usually any loaves left over.

I make bread when I make homemade split pea soup, chili, or chicken noodle soup (I will post my recipes). In the past, I used to make all the bread we ate and never bought bread at the store.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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