How to Make Homemade Bread
Learning how to make homemade bread can be rather intimidating but
it is fresher, healthier and has less added ingredients because you
are in charge and know exactly what is going in your dough.
If you don't want to make your own bread it is still beneficial to
learn how because it will help ease the process of making things
like breadsticks, dinner rolls or crescent rolls that go well with
meals. With a little bread baking knowledge you can even create
things like homemade bagels, English muffins, bread bowls for soup
or center dinner around bread like Stromboli or stuffed chicken
rolls. This online cooking lesson will teach you all these things.
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Step 1- How to make Homemade Bread- Proofing Yeast
When using yeast, some people throw all ingredients in and mix their
dough. This method assumes that your yeast will react and do its job
while mixed in the dough.
I'm one of those old fashioned cooks, in that I like to proof my
yeast. I like to see it getting foamy and bubbly before I add it to
the rest of my ingredients. Perhaps it is more the fun and delight
of seeing this work then making sure the yeast is still good. Here
is how you proof your yeast.
Warm your water to about 110 degrees or until feels warm to the
touch. You don't want it hot or cold. Warm water helps the yeast
activate. Dissolve 1 Teaspoon sugar in the water, this helps feeds
the yeast. Add the yeast to the warm water and sugar mixture.
Set aside and start your bread recipe. Yeast will start to froth or
Step 2- How to make homemade bread- Making Bread Dough
White Bread Dough Recipe
- 2 Tablespoons yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
- 1 -1/2 cups warm milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup shortening or canola oil
- 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
In a glass measuring cup add yeast and warm water. Sprinkle top with
a pinch of sugar. This helps "feed" the yeast. Set aside. In mixing
bowl, add warm milk, sugar, salt, eggs and shortening. Blend
together. Add in 2 cups flour and continue to blend. Pour in yeast
mixture and add remaining flour. Mix together until dough forms into
a ball. Knead several minutes on a floured counter.
Place dough in an oiled, large bowl and cover with a clean towel.
Place in a warm spot. Let rest 30 minutes- 1 hour. Shape into 2
loaves or rolls and allow to rise 20 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees
until lightly browned.
Wheat Bread Dough Recipe
Dissolve the following in a measuring cup:
- 1 Tablespoon Yeast
- 1/4 Cup water
- pinch of sugar
Set aside. Meanwhile in mixing bowl mix together:
- 2 Cups warm water
- 1/4 Cup oil
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1/3 Cup honey or brown sugar
- 1 Cups white flour
Blend together until smooth. Add in yeast to mixer. Add 3-4 Cups
whole wheat flour to mixture. Blend together.
When dough forms a ball take out and knead several minutes. Place a
tablespoon of oil in a large bowl and place bread dough in bowl.
Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot. Rise until doubles
and separate in half. Form into loaves or rolls. Let rise for 20-30
minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, less if making rolls or
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How to Make Homemade Bread for Shaping Rolls
There is a lot of fun ways you can shape bread dough into rolls.
Here are a few ideas.
- Cloverleaf rolls-3
small balls together in a muffin tin.
- Fan tans- Roll dough
into a rectangle cut into strips 1-2 inches wide. Stack strips
and place in muffin tin, cut end up.
- Snail roll- roll into
a rope, coil rope into a spiral and tuck end underneath.
- Bow ties- roll piece
of dough into rope. Tie rope into a knot and pull the ends
- Soft Pretzels-roll
piece of dough into rope. Loop ends up and make an X at the top.
Bring ends down in the shape of a pretzel.
What to Make with your Dough
Now that you know how to make homemade bread, what can you do with
it? You can bake dinner, lunches, breakfast and dessert using
Ham and Cheese
substitute homemade bread dough with crescent dough
Bread bowls for soup
-bake rolls and cut off top. Hollow out
roll and save extra bread for bread crumbs.
Easy Monkey Bread Recipe
Once your bread dough has risen, take off small pieces and roll into
balls. Prepare your dipping mixture in small bowls. Dip balls of
dough into mixture and place in pan. Its that easy and so fun to
pick apart when you are eating it.
It is usually baked in a springform pan so you can invert it and
place the whole thing on a serving plate.
Cinnamon Monkey Bread
1 bowl -melted butter
1 bowl -mix together cinnamon and sugar
Dip a ball of dough into your butter and roll in the cinnamon
mixture. Place in the bottom of a springform pan. Continue with your
dough until your pan is filled. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45
minutes until golden brown.
Herb Monkey Bread
To make herb monkey bread, melt butter in one bowl and add spices
and herbs such as oregano or Italian seasoning in another bowl. Dip
ball in butter and roll in herb mixture. Place in pan and bake.
How to Make Homemade Bread- Dinner Ideas
- Bread dough or frozen bread rolls
- 1 lb. ground hamburger
- Salt and pepper
- 1 onion, chopped
- shredded cabbage, optional
- egg white, for brushing tops
Brown hamburger with chopped onion in a skillet until browned.
Season with salt and pepper and drain. Stir in uncooked shredded
cabbage. If using bread dough form into small balls. Roll out balls
of dough into small circles and place 1-2 Tablespoons of beef
mixture in the middle. Gather ends and press together. Brush with
egg white. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden
**If using bread dough you will have some bread left over to make
rolls or a loaf of bread that can be frozen for another meal.
You can also create this same idea by using cooked meatballs. I made
my own meatballs with diced carrots as well as 1/2 Cup cooked
pumpkin because you know I like to add
where ever I can. Wrap a meatball within bread
dough following directions above.
Indian Fry Bread Tacos
- Bread dough
- Cooked Ground Beef
- Shredded Cheese
- Taco fixings
With your bread dough, form small patties. Heat oil in fry pan. Fry
both sides until golden brown. Take out of oil and place on paper
towel. See our directions
for making fry bread here
. To serve, top your fry bread with
chili, cooked ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and any other
taco fixings of your choice.
~You can do so much once you now how to make homemade bread dough
that it is worth having some handy in your freezer. Now that you
learned how to make homemade bread, you can also freeze bread
. Place in a ziploc freezer bag after the first rise.
When ready to use take out and place in a greased bowl allow to
unthaw and rise again several hours. Learn more
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