Monday, September 15, 2014

Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

This is my Basic Homemade Bread Recipe.... I have said I would post it and now I am, but I am so sorry that it has taken me so long.....  Anyway, here it is now. This is my basic recipe... I change this recipe to make all kinds of breads... regular bread, Cinnamon Raisin, Potato, Maple Vanilla, Herb, White Cheddar/Rosemary, Apple Bread, and more. I use this to make pizza crust, calzones, cinnamon rolls, sub sandwich bread and more.  I love having a basic recipe that is so easy to adapt.

 The bread has raised... it is ready to shape into loaves...
 Sometimes, I don't get to it quickly enough... and it keeps raising.... :)
 Here is the assortment of bread I made from one bread making time.
There are 2 regular loaves of bread - one is quite small, also 4 loaves of sub sandwich bread (hoagie bread) and a braided loaf experiment, just for fun. :)

By the way, this is an extra large batch of bread.... the recipe below would need to be doubled to do this much.
 After shaping the loaves, I put butter all over all but the regular loaves. I have done it on the regular loaves of bread before, BUT have found that it is a fire hazard. :(  The bread raised up high enough that the butter melted off the side... thankfully we caught it before a fire.... so now we don't do it on regular loaves of bread. If you like, you can put butter on the hot bread when it comes out of the oven. I don't do that, but it would be good. :)
 Sub sandwich bread....  you can see my post on making sub sandwiches here.....
Homemade Sub Sandwiches


When the bread comes out of the oven, cool on racks - cover with a cloth while cooling to prevent bread from drying out.












It is easy to make breadsticks from the same recipe..... see how to do it here:

Homemade Breadsticks With Herbed Butter










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                        Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

3 pkgs yeast (3 Tablespoons)
10-14 cups flour 
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups very warm water (120-130 degrees)

I use an Electrolux mixer and I put the 10 cups of flour, yeast, salt in the bowl and stir with a spoon. Then add the butter and water (If you want to add other ingredients to make special breads, do it here.) and turn the mixer on.... mixing with the dough hook and adding more flour until dough isn't too sticky (the amount varies depending on many things and you get used to how much flour you like).... then knead it in the mixer for about 2-4 more minutes. 

Let rise in the bowl. After it rises, shape into loaves and put into greased loaf pans. Let rise again. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Remove from pans right away and cool on wire racks... cover the bread with a dish towel while cooling, to hold in moisture. Enjoy.       Note: hot bread with butter tastes great - and hot bread with butter and jam tastes even better!!! :) 
Makes 4 loaves. 
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34 comments:

  1. I looove your site, but can you add a Print function so I can print just a recipe?

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    1. Thank you so much.... that sounds like a great idea... I am not a technical person, so I don't know... I will definitely check on that and try to add it. Thank you for the suggestion and for visiting. :)

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  2. Your bread looks heavenly! I am still craving the herbed bread sticks :) Hope you are feeling better!

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    1. Thank you... we had more herbed bread sticks the other day with spaghetti pie (another birthday). :) We are getting better, thankfully, though we still have a ways to go.... we are all quite weary of it....

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  3. I have always wanted to make my own bread. I love the idea of avoiding all the junk in so many of the store bought breads. Thanks so much for this :)! I may have to finally give it a try.

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    1. I agree. I like to buy Pollyanna flour which is a light wheat flour, but when I can't get to the Amish store to get it, I buy unbleached flour. That is not the best flour for us, BUT I still find that we do MUCH better with bread made from it than from store bought bread.... plus it just tastes SO good. :) I hope you get a chance to try making bread.

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  4. This bread recipe looks so good. Now I'm really really hungry! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You're welcome... thank you for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  5. Oh wow these images of your bread make me wish I wasn't gluten free. :)

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    1. Oh, gluten free would be so hard! Thank you for visiting. :)

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  6. What could be better than fresh, warm bread! Yummy!

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    1. Yes, it is so good fresh from the oven... yum. :)

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  7. There's nothing quite like homemade bread. Thanks for linking up to Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesday party. I've pinned your recipe to our Pinterest board. We hope you'll join us again tomorrow!

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    1. Homemade bread is wonderful! :) Thank you for visiting and for pinning my recipe. :)

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  8. This is great. I really want to start making my own bread instead of buying the stuff from the store with all the extras in it. I'm pinning this so I can use it as a reference!

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    1. It really tastes good.... and after a while, you won't ever want to go back to store bought... you can taste the difference. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  9. These are gorgeous loaves! I absolutely love baking bread and want to try your recipe:) Found you at the Pin Worthy link party, it's nice to meet you! :)

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    1. Thank you..... it is so nice to meet you and I am glad you stopped by. :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing your brad recipe. The loaves look delicious!

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    1. You're welcome.... every time the picture comes up, I think I should go ahead and make some more submarine sandwiches. :)

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  11. Those look delicious. Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre hop. Be sure to stop by at www.PintSizeFarm.com or one of the other hosts to submit another this week.

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    1. Thank you.... appreciate your visit. :)

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  12. Wow, very ambitous project. I only make one loaf at a time. They look fabulous.

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    1. I have a pretty large family so we go through it quite quickly which is why I make so much at a time. :) Thank you for the nice comment and for visiting. :)

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  13. I just printed this recipe!! I will have to try it for sub sandwiches the first of next week. I can't wait!
    Thanks for posting this.
    Chris
    somuchathome.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope it works out well for you... we sure like it... I need to make more subs also. Yum. :) thank you for visiting.

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  14. I love making bread. This sounds like a great recipe.

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    1. There is nothing like the smell of homemade fresh bread! :) I do like this recipe.. and I love how versatile it is.

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  15. I love the smell of homemade bread when it is baking! I bet your kitchen smelled wonderful while you were baking all of these!

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    1. I love that smell! :) It did smell wonderful... and my husband sometimes will say he can smell it as he is getting out of the vehicle when he comes home from work... it is a nice welcome home.

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  16. They all sound so good!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you! :) We do like fresh bread. I will plan to stop over and share this.

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  17. Thank you for linking up at The Blogger’s Pit Stop. I’m sharing your link on social media.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

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    1. Thank you for sharing the post... I really appreciate it. :) So glad you stopped by.

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