How do I know that you can make homemade bread? Because I did it! And if I can do it, you can probably do it!
Yep, I have seen Joshua make bread over the years, but I’ve never taken the plunge myself. Thanks to an easy recipe for simple white bread from Life by Aileen, I successfully made my first loaf of homemade bread. And it came out wonderfully!
Now it’s your turn!
Sure, you could try some fancy bread first if you wanted to, but how satisfying would it be to create your very own simple sandwich bread? I can tell you that it’s pretty satisfying. I even managed to have plenty left over for actual sandwiches once the initial taste testing was over.
- 1 cup water
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar (or 1 Tbsp + 1.5 tsp)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
- 2 1/2 – 3/12 cups all purpose flour
- Heat the water in the microwave for 30 seconds, then put it in a small bowl with the yeast. Whisk it for 30 seconds or so.
- In a medium bowl, melt the butter in the microwave, then add the milk, sugar, and salt.
- Add the yeast mixture to the medium bowl.
- Add 2 1/2 cups of flour and mix until it’s well combined. Slowly add more flour until the mixture is a bit sticky but not so much that it sticks all over your hands.
- Put your dough ball on a floured counter and knead for 10 minutes.
Note about kneading: I know that kneading is the scary part of making homemade bread for most people. It intimidated me, too. Now, I don’t know about other breads, but you only need to knead this one about 10 minutes. That’s not too long. I used the kneading technique I’ve seen Joshua do where you take part of the ball and fold it over into the middle, then squish with the heel of your hand. Quarter twist, pull, fold, squish. Repeat. You work up a rhythm and the dough gets nice and smooth.
- After kneading, clean out your medium bowl, dry it, and cover it with cooking spray. Put in your dough ball and cover it with a clean cloth.
- After about an hour (you’re looking for your dough to double), pull your dough out, and put it out onto a floured surface. Punch it flat, then make a rectangle out of it. One side of your rectangle should be the length of your bread pan, and the other side should be 1.5 times the length of the bread pan.
- Now roll it up and put it in the pan with the seam on the bottom.
- Recover with the towel and give it another hour. Joshua advised me that if you use a damp towel the top of the dough won’t dry out like mine did.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Take your bread out of the pan and put it on a wire rack to cool.
- You’re supposed to wait until it cools before slicing, but who does that?? Cut off a slice and enjoy!