Homemade Bread Recipe
September 10, 2018
I’ve been threatening to do this post for almost a year now and I promise you, I’ve actually tried (unsuccessfully) about 4 times. Each time I’d try to take pictures, I’d have to pause to get the perfect shot so the images weren’t blurry, and I found it messed with the consistency of the bread and either the bread never turned out right and/or the pictures didn’t do it justice. After too many trials and errors (poor Eddie), I decided to try filming my bread making process and, alas, I am happy with the result!
For starters, I will say that the video is definitely longer than a typical recipe video, so please be prepared to dedicate a little bit of time watching/listening. I definitely over-indulged but I found that I wanted to give as many tips and tricks as possible that I’ve learned over the past 6 years rather than leave anything vague or for the imagination. So, apologies for the length, but I truly hope you found it painstakingly helpful and you’re able to replicate my loaf much easier than if I had given generic directions.
That being said, the process for learning how to make bread from scratch is trial and error in and of itself. Many factors (such as altitude, humidity, temperature, etc.) will affect the result of your loaf and so you’ll need to play around to get the right consistency for your location. However, the process really is much simpler than it sounds and is definitely worth time spent in the kitchen to experiment, have fun, and, ultimately, create delicious, homemade food!
I’ll put very basic instructions and ingredients below, but I’d highly recommend watching the video for a full understanding of how to make it properly.
What you’ll need (for 1 loaf):
- 3 – 4 cups of flour
- ~1-2 cups of water
- .5 tsp yeast
- 1.5 tsp salt (I use coarse sea salt)
- Big, deep, ceramic bowl
- Ceramic dish
- Towel to cover the bowl properly
- Mix all dry ingredients in the deep bowl.
- Add slightly warm water and mix until everything is combined fully, and your consistency is only slightly wet. It should not stick to your hand easily.
- Wrap bowl with towel and put in a slightly warm oven for three hours.
- Knead and put back in slightly warm oven for another three hours.
- Repeat 1-2 more times.
- Place ceramic dish on bottom rack and turn oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Boil kettle.
- Place bread on baking sheet with parchment paper (or a Silpat!)
- Pop bread in oven and pour boiling water into ceramic dish (being careful not to splash any on your oven glass door!).
- Cook for 50-55 mins (you may need to alter based on where you live).
- Let cool for at least 30 mins then slice.
- Et voila!
I enjoy my homemade bread almost every single morning with my homemade guacamole (you can find my recipe here)! Add some chili flakes, sliced castelvetrano olives and you’ve got a delicious, nutritious brekkie! I typically make a new batch of guacamole each Sunday and store it in this container which manages to keep it fresh all week long!
Please please please let me know if you give this a go! I absolutely want to know how your batch turned out, what went wrong, what went right, and any feedback you have for me. Tag me on social media and I’ll repost!