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How to make your first bread at home

I’d like to share with you guys my old and faithful bread recipe I’ve been baking since ages. It is simple and works every time. Very good for beginners.

This recipe/tutorial is for you, if you

  • don’t have a bread maker
  • eat gluten
  • prefer a bit more dense bread that is great for sandwiches
  • have about half an hour time to make the dough, ten minutes to put it in a loaf and another half an hour to bake it

What you need for this bread

Tools

  • A handheld or stand-alone mixer
  • Two loaf pans (under $10 in Superstore)
  • Measuring cups
  • An oven

Ingredients

Makes two 9″ loaves.

  • 3 cups (540 grams) of all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups (570 grams) of whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • About 3 1/4 cups of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 4 tablespoons (56 grams) of melted butter or oil

How to do the bread

Prepare the dough – 20-25 minutes

Temperature is important when we’re making dough with yeast. The kitchen should be draft-less. The water we use should be warm, not cold, and definitely not hot.

  1. Put the yeast and a tablespoon of sugar in a cup of warm water. Let the yeast rise until foamy.
  2. While waiting, measure the flours, a spoonful of sugar and the salt into a large mixing bowl.
  3. When the yeast is ready, pour it on the flour. Add two more cups of water.
  4. Grab your mixer and start mixing everything on slow/stir setting. Increase the speed according to the instructions of your mixer. Add butter gradually. Add water as needed by spoonful. Add flour if needed. The mixing is done when the dough have come together in a nice ball.
  5. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic foil and put it in a warm place until it has doubled, for about an hour. (If you need to leave the house during this time, you can put the dough in a cool place to rise more slowly. And if you happen to get stuck on the playground with the kids, and it rises way too much, that’s okay, too. Just knead it down in the next step.)

Put them in the loaves – 10 minutes

  1. On a floured work surface, get the dough out of the bowl and knead it down.
  2. Cut it in a half.
  3. Line the loaf pans with parchment paper.
  4. Form the halves and put them in the loaf pans.
  5. Cover them with plastic and let them rise in a warm place. It takes about an hour, or maybe less if your place is warmer, or if using the warming drawer of the oven. Try not to let them over-rise, because then the top crust will be ruined. Ask me how I know.

Bake them

  1. When the dough has doubled, pre-heat the oven for 380 F. (I bake the two loaves at the same time, so I use convection. Without convection, set it to 400 F.)
  2. Bake the bread for 30 minutes.
  3. When done, get the bread out of the pan and let it cool on a rack, covered with a clean tea towel.
  4. Enjoy! 🙂

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Let me know in the comments below if something is unclear or missing and I’ll fix it. Thanks and happy baking!