Basic White Bread Recipe
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There is nothing like warm fresh bread and it’s so easy to make! This is my favourite basic white bread recipe, I’ve been making it for over 18 years and it comes out soft and fluffy every time.
When I was a girl our home was often filled with homemade treats and while I loved the sweet treats my favourite was when we made homemade bread!
Are you a bread fan too? Whether you’re making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, french toast, or your favourite savory sandwich this bread recipe is perfect for it all.
Homemade Bread Baking Tips
Making your own homemade bread is really very easy but there are a few things you need to do get right. Although I grew up in a home that often made homemade bread I didn’t make it myself until after I was married and moved out.
Guess what? My very first loaf it came out like a brick. Yes, really! You could have used that poor loaf as a door stop. But I didn’t give up and soon I was making homemade bread just like I remembered from my childhood.
These are some simple tips to get your bread making off to a great start.
- Always use warm water for your bread dough. Yeast is alive and using warm water helps to wake it up. However, HOT water can kill the yeast and cold water will slow down the time it takes to proof. So when you measure out your water make sure it’s nice and warm to the touch.
- If you’re adding milk to your bread dough warm it up first. Again just think of your yeast, adding cold milk to the dough will slow down how fast it rises.
- Make sure you have enough sugar or honey. Yeast needs the warm water to wake up but it’s the sugar that feeds it to grow and rise your bread.
- If your loaves are browning to much in the oven cover them with a tent of foil to protect the tops.
- Don’t add too much flour. While sticky dough isn’t easy to work with if you add to much flour your bread will come out more dense. Add just enough flour to make a soft dough that is tacky to the touch.
- Use a good bread knife. Really, using a good quality bread knife makes all the difference. A poor knife squishes your bread when you’re slicing it, and causes misshapen slices.
Easy Handmade Bread Recipe Step By Step Video
Are you a visual learner? Me too! I find it so much easier to learn how to do things from videos. If you’re the same way see how easy it is to make homemade bread with this step by step tutorial.
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