Last Updated on: 28th February 2024, 09:25 am
Two days ago, on a snowy, cold day here in the northeast. It was a perfect day to make homemade, fresh crusty bread. My husband LOVES this bread! He surely agreed to taking videos of me making it just so he can eat it afterward! Hence, I was able to make videos of the bread making process.
I really wanted to show you how easy it is to make homemade bread and with a loaf of artisan bread at $6 plus, it makes sense to make fresh loaves of bread myself for a fraction of the price of one loaf!
This bread is so fresh and comforting to eat shortly after taking it out of the oven. Put a little dab of butter on warm bread, and you are feeling pretty good. Yum!!
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This bread recipe comes from this link and the recipe originated from Artisan Bread in Five I followed this recipe but, just added a 1/4-1/3 cup more water and I proofed the yeast first which, is very important.
Yeast needs to be alive in order to make the dough rise. If it is not stored properly, it can die. I have a jar * Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast in my refrigerator and because it has been opened, I proof it to make sure it is still alive before I use it.
If you don’t have yeast, consider making my Irish Soada Bread that doesn’t contain yeast. You just need baking soda.
You can bake one loaf and save the bread dough in the refrigerator to bake the following day. You can store this bread in a plastic bag that zippers for 3 or 4 days but, the crust will soften.
If you want to preserve the hardness of the crust, you can you can leave it on the counter and cut off a slice the open side that becomes stale. You can freeze this bread for future use while this bread is fresh and it will still taste great.
Steps to Make Bread
- First, proof the yeast. Proofing yeast is easy too. I just took the 4 teaspoons of yeast this recipe states and mixed it with one cup of water at 110F degrees plus 1 tablespoon of sugar to activate the yeast and waited 5 min. If the yeast foams and bubbles, it is good to use. If the yeast is dead, it will do be a lump of brown with no bubbles or foam. Here is the proofing yeast video we did on how to proof yeast. Our son likes to chime in.
- Next, mix the proofed yeast with 7 1/4 cups of * bread flour, 3 3/4 cups of 110 F water and 4 teaspoons of salt. This video on making bread dough shows how the yeast looks after it is proofed and what the consistency of the dough looks like before rising. I put the dough in the oven on “Bread Proof” setting which, is 100F so that it is warm enough to rise. If your house is cooler, like ours, it will take longer to rise. Or, if the water in the dough is not warm enough, it will take longer to rise. One time, I left it to rise for too long and it didn’t turn out quite as good.
- Then, after the first two-hour rise, the dough is ready to be put into * loaf pans. This video of bread dough after first rise shows the consistency after the first rise. It will need to sit another 40-90 minutes before you can bake it. You must let the dough rest 40 min after you handle it. It is sensitive this way. So, if you need to remove it from a pan and put into another pan, be sure to let it rest again for 40 min. Our dough rose so much, I had to use a third loaf pan!
Here is the video of the bread dough after the second rise and ready to go in the oven on 425F for 30-35 min. Include a baking dish filled with water on the bottom rack.
Here is the video of the bread coming out of oven and our sons’ excitement that they will soon get to eat freshly baked bread!
I hope these videos inspire you to make bread for the first time. I was skeptical the first time too and watched a You Tube video on how to proof yeast because it is so much easier to see it than describe it in text. I also did not have a * cooking thermometer and had to guess if the water was warm enough.
TIP: If you don’t have a cooking thermometer, use your wrist. If the water feels hot on your wrist, it is probably warm enough to use to make the dough.
Miraculously, my bread turned out the first time I made it and so can yours. Give it a try! Come back and let us know how it turned out.