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

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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.
Enjoy!

Homemade Bread without a Bread Machine

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