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Homemade Bread

Growing up, my dad’s homemade bread was the one consistent food we had around at just about all times. As the sous chef of the household, I would sit on the counter and help add the ingredients, tasting the outcome and perfecting the recipe over the years. When I went away to college, my dad wrote the recipe on the back of an envelope, gave me a mixer and sent me off. Ever since, I have worked to perfect the recipe and share bread with those I love. Here’s to the love and warmth it brings you and your family. Enjoy!

Details

  • Preparation Time: 02:00
  • Cook Time: 00:30
  • Cuisine: A
  • Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of dry yeast or 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 8 1/2” x 4 1/2” loaf pan

Preparation

  • 1Note: This recipe is most easily made with a KitchenAid Mixer and dough hook attachment. It can also be made by hand and with some muscle.
  • 2To activate or proof the yeast, add 1 cup of warm water, a pinch of sugar and the dry yeast to a small bowl. Whisk together until the yeast is semi-dissolved and cover with plastic wrap for 10 minutes. If it becomes bubbly and/or foamy, it is ready for use.
  • 3Add the dry ingredients into the mixer bowl and using the dough hook, mix together at a low speed.
  • 4One by one, add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, keeping the mixer going. The dough will start to form.
  • 5Adjust the mixer speed to medium as needed and add small amounts of warm water if flour still remains on the bottom or if the dough seems dry.
  • 6Once all of the ingredients are formed into a mass of dough on the dough hook, turn the mixer off and remove the dough.
  • 7Form the dough into a ball with your hands. If the dough is sticky, sprinkle flour onto it as you work.
  • 8Oil the mixer bowl and coat the ball of dough, then place dough back into the bowl.
  • 9Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and put somewhere warm to rise for 1 hour, preferably in a sunny spot.
  • 10Retrieve the dough and punch the center to release air.
  • 11Form the dough into a loaf and place into a bread pan (typically 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.).
  • 12Cover and let rise for another 30-45 minutes.
  • 13Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • 14Whisk an egg or melt butter to brush onto the top of the dough.
  • 15Bake for 25-30 minutes. To check and see if done, thump the middle of the top of the bread and if it sounds hollow, then it is done. If it does not sound hollow, put back into the oven for 5 minutes.
  • 16Slice and serve.