January 31, 2011

Homemade Bread From Scratch

Have you ever tried making bread from scratch before? If you haven't, I've got a recipe that you should try out. This recipe does not require a Kitchen Aid or a Bread Machine, so if you've got two hands, it'll turn out fine.

White Sandwich Bread

5-6 c. all-purpose flour
1 pkg. (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
2 1/4 c. milk (you can also use water)
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. butter or vegetable oil
2 tsp. salt

1.) In a large mixer bowl, combine 2 1/2 c. of flour and yeast.

2.) In a saucepan or in the microwave, heat milk sugar, butter, and salt to 115-120 degrees.

3.) Add hot liquids to flour and yeast. Beat at low speed until combined, then beat at high speed for 3 minutes.

4.) Add enough additional flour to make a soft, but kneadable dough, and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead for 5-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

5.) Put dough back into mixing bowl, cover with wet tea towel, and let rise 1 hour.

6.) Punch dough down, divide into two pieces, and roll into a rectangle, about 6"x18". Starting from the short end, roll up jelly-roll style and place into two greased 4x8 inch loaf pans. Cover with wet tea towel and let rise 30-40 minutes, or until doubled.

7.) Bake in a preheated 350 degree over for 25-30 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool before slicing.

Recipe taken from The Frugal Girl.


  1. I'm making bread dough as I type this (OK, I'm making it in the bread machine but will cook it in the oven). Just thought to mention that you might try honey or molasses instead of regular sugar. We like the more complex flavor either brings out in the bread.