Homemade Bread Recipes

Learn how to make delicious homemade bread with these easy-to-follow recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil or butter

Instructions:

  1. Basic White Bread:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine 4 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
    • Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of warm water and mix until a dough forms.
    • Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
    • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
    • Punch down the dough, shape it into a loaf, and place it in a greased loaf pan.
    • Let it rise for another 30 minutes.
    • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake the bread for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  2. Whole Wheat Bread:
    • Follow the same instructions as for basic white bread, but use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.
    • You may need to adjust the amount of water slightly, as whole wheat flour absorbs more liquid.
  3. Garlic Herb Bread:
    • Prepare the basic white bread dough.
    • After the first rise, punch down the dough and knead in 2 cloves of minced garlic and 1 tablespoon of mixed dried herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, and oregano).
    • Shape the dough into a loaf and let it rise again.
    • Bake as directed for basic white bread.
  4. Olive and Rosemary Focaccia:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
    • Gradually add 1 cup of warm water and 3 tablespoons of olive oil, mixing until a dough forms.
    • Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes.
    • Place the dough in a greased baking pan, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise for about 1 hour.
    • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Press dimples into the risen dough with your fingers.
    • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped rosemary and sea salt.
    • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Experiment with different ingredients and flavors to create your own signature homemade bread recipes!

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