Easy Homemade Bread (without a bread machine)

In the past, I’ve been scared to make bread.
Silly, I know.
I’m being real.
It is not like climbing Pikes Peak – kind of scared.  It is more like wasting good money on something that I could easily buy in a store.
But, after watching Homestead Blessings: The Art of Bread Making, the kids and I decided to try our hand in making it.
Let me tell you what we did…I messed up big time!
And it still turned into this….

Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread Recipe (Makes 2 loaves)
(Adapted from the Homestead Blessings: The Art of Bread Making)

  • 1 Tablespoon Yeast
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 – 5 cups of flour
  • 2 1/2 cups (warm-not hot) water

This is what we did…it still turned out great!
Put water and 2 cups of flour into kitchen-aid mixer.  Mix.
Add salt.  Mix.

Add oil.  (Oops, I forgot to add oil.)  Mix.
Add honey.  Mix.
Then add yeast.  Mix.

Then add enough flour for a soft dough, 1 cup at a time.  Mix until not sticky.  Use as less flour as possible.  You want it pliable not hard.
Knead until it was elastic.  (I didn’t time it.  I just knew.)
This process took me a while – I added my oil after kneading for a while.  It still turned out great. 

Oil the bottom of your bowl, then allow it to rise in a warm place.  {I turned on my oven then turned it off.  That way I knew it warm but not HOT.}
Allow it to sit in there for 1 hour and 30 minutes- covered with a towel.

Then punch it down.  Then shaped the bread into loaves and place them into oiled bread pans.  I poked holes with a fork down the loaf.
Put in the oven and let rise a 2nd time for 1 hour-covered with a towel.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Homemade Bread without a Bread Machine


Blessings to you!  You are loved!