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Homemade Mold Bread Recipe

This unique homemade bread recipe is designed to cultivate mold on bread for educational or experimental purposes. The process involves making a basic loaf of bread and creating an environment conducive to mold growth. This is a fascinating way to observe the process of mold formation and learn about different types of mold.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F/45°C)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of warm water, sugar, and yeast. Stir until the yeast is dissolved. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy.
    2. Add the salt and vegetable oil to the yeast mixture.
    3. Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Continue to mix until the dough comes together.
  2. Knead the Dough:
    1. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
    2. Knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  3. First Rise:
    1. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning it to coat the dough in oil.
    2. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or plastic wrap.
    3. Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  4. Shape the Dough:
    1. Punch down the dough to release the air.
    2. Shape the dough into a loaf and place it in a greased loaf pan.
  5. Second Rise:
    1. Cover the loaf pan with a damp cloth or plastic wrap.
    2. Let the dough rise for another 30-60 minutes, or until it has doubled in size again.
  6. Bake the Bread:
    1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    2. Bake the bread for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  7. Cool the Bread:
    1. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
    2. Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Cultivate Mold:
    1. Once the bread has cooled, slice it and place a few slices in a sealable plastic bag or container.
    2. Lightly spritz the bread with water to create a moist environment.
    3. Seal the bag or container and store it in a warm, dark place.
  9. Observe Mold Growth:
    1. Check the bread daily for signs of mold growth. This can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the conditions.
    2. Document the different types of mold that appear, noting their colors, textures, and patterns.

Safety Note:

  • Be cautious when handling moldy bread. Some molds can produce harmful spores and mycotoxins. Use gloves and a mask if necessary, and always dispose of moldy bread safely.

Enjoy your educational journey into the world of mold!

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