Around the end of July I made plans for 2 kitchen projects for the month of August. Actually, 3 projects but I’ll talk about the 3rd one some other time. The first one is making homemade pasta which was a total success I’m now a pasta maker fiend, well getting there hopefully. The second project is making homemade bread which turned out to be a total success as well. I still couldn’t believe it when I first took a bite of the first slice of bread with butter that I actually made the bread. As a matter of fact, as I type this, my kitchen smells divine from the homemade herbed bread that are baking in the oven right now. I am enjoying making homemade pastas and bread tremendously that I’ve thought about investing in stocks of flour ASAP. I can see a future between me and flour. We are going to be BFF’s forever.
I have the basic knowledge of how the bread dough is made from the numerous times I’ve made homemade pizzas, cinnamon rolls, and siopao. But just to make sure I’m making the right homemade bread I searched google for much-needed expertise on the matter. I found The Wanna Be Country Girl’s recipe which I pretty much followed to a T, all the way down to the shape of one loaf, sort of. For the third time I’m using the words, total success. Now let me show you how to make homemade bread.
- 5 cups flour
- 2 cups warm water
- 4 tsp yeast (1 packet)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup oil(vegetable or olive)
- 2 tsp salt
- extra flour
- extra 1 tsp of oil
- In a bowl, stir together warm water, yeast and sugar. Let that sit for 5 minutes. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oil, and salt. Once the yeast mixture has rested for 5 minutes, add it into the flour mixture.
- Use the hook attachment to mix the dough.
- Mix everything together until all the ingredients are incorporated. The dough should not be sticking into the bowl. If you don’t have a kitchen aid, use your hands and do the kneading technique.
- It looks scary and all but that’s how it’s supposed to be. It stretches.
- Put a little bit of flour in the counter. Dump the dough in floured surface. Lightly brush the same mixing bowl (or a different one, if you prefer) with a little bit of oil. Return the dough into the greased bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or a saran wrap. Let it rise for 25 minutes. After resting, punch dough in the middle.
- Sprinkle flour in a flat surface, dump the dough in there then give it a massage for about 5 minutes. Cut the dough in half.
- First half of dough: roll it flat with a lightly floured rolling pin. Then roll like a jelly roll.
- Transfer in a sheet pan. Cut a few slits on top. Cover with a saran wrap or clean dish cloth and let it rest for 20 minutes.
- Second half of dough: Lightly brush a loaf pan with oil. Put the dough in it. Cut a few slits on top. Cover with a saran wrap or clean dish cloth and let it rest for 20 minutes.
- Once the dough have risen for 20 minutes, bake it in the oven, 350° for 25 minutes.
VOILA, HOMEMADE BREAD!
Serve the bread with pasta dishes. Or spread butter or cream cheese on a slice of bread. Or whatever spread you’ve got. Like jam, or fruit preserves. YUMM! Make a sandwich with the slices of loaf bread. Grilled cheese sandwich, Rotisserie Chicken Eggs & Cheese Sandwich, etc. Have a ball with your homemade bread.