WATCH: Wake Up To Delicious Homemade Bread Every Day
This bread recipe will let you experience bread bliss every morning.
You know you're going to have a fantastic¬†day when you wake up to the amazing aroma of baking bread. The smells that waft from the oven is really indescribable; you have to smell it to¬†understand why the yeasty, warm aromas are so nostalgic and energizing, especially to anyone who loves their bread.¬†
Believe it or not,¬†bread¬†recipes¬†are easy to make! What makes it a hard recipe is the kneading¬†of the dough, plus the time it takes to "proof the dough" (to let the dough rise). Kneading alone can take a full 10 minutes of continuous¬†rolling and folding over of the dough onto itself to make it into a smooth ball of flour, yeast,¬†milk, and¬†seasonings.¬†
A¬†stand mixer with a dough hook¬†would be¬†a great help¬†when it comes time to do the¬†kneading but even without it, you can make it a productive 10 minutes since it can be an outlet¬†to help you de-stress. The¬†proofing and rising of¬†the dough usually lasts around 1 hour each time you set it aside in a nice warm place. (We recommend placing¬†the covered bowl¬†beside a window¬†so it can¬†benefit from the¬†afternoon¬†heat.)¬†
This time is necessary for the¬†instant yeast you added to activate and let you know that it's alive and ready to make delicious bread.¬†
Here's this awesome loaf bread recipe that you can make today so you can enjoy it slathered in butter tomorrow morning:¬†¬†
Loaf Bread Recipe
- Takes 1 hour¬†plus cooling and proofing¬†
- Makes 2 loaves
- For the Base:
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup bread flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- For the main dough:
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
- 1 heaping teaspoon salt
- 3 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons powdered milk
- 1/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
- 3/4 cup fresh milk
- 1 Make the base: Heat water to a rolling boil. Combine bread flour, salt, and the just boiled water in a large, clean bowl. Mix well with a spatula until it looks like a thick paste. Cover with cling wrap. Refrigerate until cold.
- 2 Make the main dough: Combine flour, yeast, salt, sugar, and powdered milk in a big clean bowl. Make a well in the middle and then pour in the fresh milk and the cold base. Mix well with a spatula until a ragged dough is formed.
- 3 Add the butter piece by piece and knead to incorporate into the dough. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
- 4 Knead until the dough becomes smooth and pliable. Place in an oiled bowl, and cover with a damp towel. Place in a warm area and let proof for 1 hour.
- 5 Punch down the dough to release the trapped air. Divide the dough into six pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball.
- 6 Place 3 balls into each 5"x8" inch loaf pan. Cover and let proof for 1 and 1/2 hours.
- 7 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- 8 Once proofed, brush the tops of the balls with an egg wash and then bake until golden brown. Let cool slightly before removing from the loaf pans. Slice and serve.¬†
If you want more bread recipes, here are some¬†that we think you should try:¬†