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This quick and easy bread recipe perfect for beginners. You’ll be laughing at just how truly easy it is to make your own bread, and surprised just how much money you’ll save on your groceries with this recipe.
This is the best homemade bread recipe for beginners and expert bakers. It’s one that can easily be memorized and made often. There’s nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven, other than the taste of it!
I bake bread for my family once or twice a week depending on our current meal plan and how busy we are. Days at home are the best days to prepare weekly meals and bake bread at the same time.
Nothing beats fresh bread with homemade strawberry jam… yum!!!
Most people think they don’t have time to make their own bread, but you’ll be surprised just how much you get done while you’re baking bread.
Once you get the hang of this recipe you’ll be running through your morning chores and feeling ready for the day like no other.
There really is an endorphin rush ( those happy hormones) that comes from baking your own bread. The kind of early bird gets the worm feeling you get when you accomplish something big in the morning and have the rest of the day to relax.
At one point everyone knew how to make their own bread. It’s time we bring back this basic traditional skill using simple ingredients. Nothing beats fresh homemade bread that’s light and fluffy and melts in your mouth.
Today I’m going to hold your hand as a beginner bread maker and show you just how truly easy it is to make your own bread.
I learned how to make this recipe from my brother after he survived his freshman year off of soup and bread. He’s taught me how to play chess, bake bread and chill out like none else. If he can do this, so can you!
HOW TO MAKE BREAD FOR BEGINNERS
This easy bread recipe only calls for five ingredients not counting the hot water you’ll need. This recipe calls for yeast as all traditional homemade breads do. If you’ve never used yeast before, don’t shy away I’ll share some tips with you today.
I use all purpose flour for most of my recipes, go ahead and switch it out for bread flour if you like either will make a delicious loaf of bread. This recipe also yields 4 loaves of bread.
BREAD MAKING EQUIPMENT
This recipe can be done using a stand mixer or by hand using a large mixing bowl. It can also be made in a bread machine to save yourself the time and energy to knead and rise the dough. I prefer making it with my hands.
EASY BREAD RECIPE
This recipe will take you approximately 4 hours from start to finish with wait times for bread to rise and bake.
To start making this easy bread recipe measure out all ingredients. I always like to have all ingredients measured and ready to go. This has really helped me not forget an ingredient in the past.
Fill the large liquid glass measuring cup to four cup measure with hot water. You’ll then add the 4 tablespoons of sugar and stir to dissolve. Then lightly sprinkle your yeast on top of the water, and gently stir in.
Leave the yeast, water and sugar alone for ten minutes. This is when I set the timer and power through a chore like folding a load of laundry or washing up the morning dishes.
After ten minutes, add the flour, salt and vegetable oil in a large bowl or mix master and pour in the water, yeast and sugar.
Using a dough hook on your mix master or a large wooden spoon, mix the bread dough until it’s not sticky.
Flour your surface and form the dough into a ball. Once you have a dough ball, set the timer for 10 minutes and start kneading the dough.
Kneading bread dough is done with the palms of your hands, in a folding and rotating 90 degree method. Do this for 10 minutes.
Oil the mixing bowl with extra vegetable oil and place the ball of dough in the bowl. Cover with a tea cloth and let rise in a warm place. If you have a dehydrator, use the bread rising feature or in a bread machine.
I like to let me bread rise in a warm window in the summer or in front of the wood stove in the winter. Just make sure to keep the area of consistent temperature. Close your windows and doors while your bread rises.
Once it’s risen for an hour and a half, punch down and separate the ball of dough into four and shape into loaves. Grease bread pans and place dough into pans. Let rise again for 1 hour.
I like to make a few loaves, and get creative with the other half making either fried bread as a snack, cinnamon buns, pizza sticks or garlic bread.
Set the oven to 350, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool before slicing.
Store in bread bags or an airtight container once cooled. I like to freeze my bread and pull it out the night before and open the bag to defrost for the next days bread.
There you have it! Quick and Easy Bread Recipe. Yes its 4 hours, but think of how much you got done at home while you made bread! To me that’s the quick part.
Go ahead and print the recipe below, or download our recipe card and handwrite it out for your recipe box. Better yet, why don’t you make some for a friend and gift with the recipe card attached?!
Happy baking friends!
PRINTABLE EASY BREAD RECIPE
EASY BREAD RECIPE
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Liquid Measuring Cups
- Clear surface
- 4 bread pans
- 2 tbsp Yeast
- 4 Cups Hot Water
- 4 tbsp White Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 7 Cups White Flour
- 2 tsp Table Salt
- Measure water in liquid measure and dissolve sugar
- Add yeast to liquid measure
- Let sit for 10 minutes
- Mix all ingredients together to form a dough ball
- Knead dough on floured surface for 10 minutes
- Oil bowl and place dough
- Cover and let rise for an hour and a half
- Punch down, seperate into four equal balls
- Shape into bread loaves
- Place in greased bread pans
- Let rise uncovered for 1 hour
- Bake in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes
- Remove from pans and let cool
- Store in air tight container or bread bags