Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread
Delicious and free from additives and preservatives like store bought bread!
You can easily double this recipe also!
Photos of process are below directions!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup milk
5 teaspoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 tablespoons butter
1 package of active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2.5-3.5 cups flour (whole wheat and/or all-purpose)
Non-stick cooking spray
Bread pan
Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook attachment OR your hands! :)

Directions:
-Warm your mixing bowl (I usually just run some hot water in it and let it sit for a few minutes)
-Mix your package of yeast with 1 cup warm water
-Melt butter in microwave (or stove) and add to yeast mixture
-Add milk, sugar, and salt to yeast mixture
-Add 2 cups of flour to mixture, mix well
-Continue adding flour 1/4 cup at a time until dough is slightly sticky and “cleans” the sides of the bowl (I alternate between whole wheat & all purpose)
-On a floured surface, knead dough for about 10 minutes
-Spray a clean bowl with non-stick cooking spray
-Shape into a ball and place in the bowl
-Cover and let rise in a warm area for 1 hour (I turn my oven on low to begin preheating and place my bowl on the stove)
-After 1 hour, punch dough back down to original size and spread into a flat rectangular shape on the floured surface
-Roll dough up (hotdog style) and tuck ends under
-Spray bread pan with cooking spray and place bread in
-Cover and let rise in a warm area for another hour
-After 1 hour, place in oven and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Let cool COMPLETELY before slicing! Fight the temptation to slice into it early! :)

Make sure you have all your ingredients before starting!
Make sure you have all your ingredients before starting!

Water

1 cup warm water- place in your mixing bowl
1 cup warm water- place in your mixing bowl
Open yeast packet and mix with water
Open yeast packet and mix with water
Measure out 1.5 tbsp of butter and melt
Measure out 1.5 tbsp of butter and melt
Pour melted butter into yeast mixture and stir
Pour melted butter into yeast mixture and stir
Mix up your yeast, water, and butter mixture. It should look like tan water!
Mix up your yeast, water, and butter mixture. It should look like tan water!
Measure out 1/4 cup of milk and pour into the yeast mixture
Measure out 1/4 cup of milk and pour into the yeast mixture
Measure out  5 teaspoons of sugar and add to mixture
Measure out 5 teaspoons of sugar and add to mixture
Measure out 1 teaspoon of salt and add to mixture
Measure out 1 teaspoon of salt and add to mixture
Measure out  2 cups of flour and add to mixture. I do 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup all-purpose
Measure out 2 cups of flour and add to mixture. I do 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup all-purpose
Add flour to mixture
Add flour to mixture
Add flour to mixture
Add flour to mixture
Start mixing! The dough will be a sticky mess until enough flour is added!
Start mixing! The dough will be a sticky mess until enough flour is added!
Keep adding flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough is sticky and cleaning the sides of the bowl!
Keep adding flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough is sticky and cleaning the sides of the bowl!
Perfect consistency!
Perfect consistency!
Kneading time! Knead the dough for about 10 minutes! Form into a ball!
Kneading time! Knead the dough for about 10 minutes! Form into a ball!
Place into a greased bowl (I use Pam) and set in a warm area to rise for 1 hour!
Place into a greased bowl (I use Pam) and set in a warm area to rise for 1 hour!
After 1 hour, punch dough back down. The dough should have doubled in size. If it's not exactly doubled, that's ok!
After 1 hour, punch dough back down. The dough should have doubled in size. If it’s not exactly doubled, that’s ok!
form your dough into a rectangular shape- roll up hot dog style and fold the ends under the bread. The'seam' should be on the bottom of the bread. Spray cooking spray into your bread pan
Form your dough into a rectangular shape- roll up hot dog style and fold the ends under the bread. The’seam’ should be on the bottom of the bread. Spray cooking spray into your bread pan and place your bread in. Let rise for another hour!
After your bread has finished baking, it should be nice and golden brown on top! I like to brush a little butter on top and sprinkle oat bran onto the bread!
After your bread has finished baking, it should be nice and golden brown on top! I like to brush a little butter on top and sprinkle oat bran onto the bread!


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