Homemade Bread Recipe

Where to start on your bread making journey

This is a very comprehensive post with tons of information I’ve gleaned over the years making bread. Where would you like to start first?

We sometimes advise checking the internal temperature of a loaf of bread before making the decision to pull it from the oven. A properly baked loaf typically registers a temperature between 195 and 210 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, depending upon the type of bread. But is internal temperature by itself proof that bread is fully baked? And how can you tell it’s done if you don’t have a thermometer handy?

The most reliable guide to doneness is simply how the bread looks. If it appears pale and underdone, it is.

Easy 5 Star Homemade Bread recipe made with simple ingredients & detailed instructions showing how to make bread! Thousands of comments & reviewers agree this is the BEST homemade loaf for both beginners and expert bakers.

Yes, you can make this recipe in a bread machine! Scroll down to see full Homemade Bread recipe and ingredients, with printable instructions for your bread machine.

A decade ago when I was just beginning to bake confidently, I still struggled with making bread. I tried countless recipes and none of them were quite right. I found this one and never looked back. It uses basic ingredients, comes together fast and I love the bread it makes. It’s soft, chewy with fantastic flavor. Feel free to reduce the sugar if you prefer. Enjoy the process and enjoy that bread!

When it comes to baking bread, there are a lot of important factors to consider in order to create a perfect loaf. One of the most important is temperature – too hot or too cold, and your bread will turn out poorly. So what temp to bake bread? Keep reading to find out!

Baking bread is a simple and delicious way to enjoy homemade bread without any special equipment. The key to success is in the temperature of the oven. For the best results, bread should be baked at a toasting temperature between 200-250 degrees F. This range will ensure that the bread is cooked through and has a nice, crispy crust.

How To Toast Bread In Oven For Sandwiches

Toasting bread in the oven for sandwiches is easy! Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, then place the sliced bread on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and crispy. Enjoy your delicious toasted bread sandwiches!

Bread can be toasted in an oven, under the broiler, on the stovetop, or even using an air fryer. Toast in the oven by placing a single layer of bread on a baking sheet and heating in the oven at 350 degrees F. Toast can also be prepared with ease in a convection oven. Toast is toast that is cooked on the stovetop over medium heat. You can use olive or butter, depending on the size of your bread. To serve, quickly heat the first side for a few minutes until it is crisp and golden brown. Can you toast bread in an air fryer? Toasting can even be enabled on many multi-functional air fryers.

Toasting bread without a toaster provides benefits over toasting it in an oven, broiler, or stovetop setting. One advantage of a toaster is that it will come up when it’s done, so you don’t have to worry about toast burning. If you want to save burnt toast, you can do so by cutting it with a sharp knife or grating it with a box.

How Do You Toast The Perfect Bread On A Sandwich?

It’s a good idea to bake sliced bread on an ungreased baking sheet. After a minute or two, remove the bread from the oven and broil for another 30 to 40 seconds, or until it is golden brown. When you’re ready to toast, carefully watch it. Top with butter, jam, or any other favorite topping you like.

Toasting Bread In Oven With Olive Oil

Toasting bread in the oven with olive oil is a great way to add some flavor and texture to your bread. The process is simple: just brush some olive oil onto your bread, place it on a baking sheet, and bake it in a preheated oven until it’s golden brown and crispy. It’s a great way to dress up a simple piece of bread, and it’s also a healthy option since olive oil is packed with antioxidants.

With the help of Jean-Louis Palladin, I was able to free my mind and create. In addition to learning about seafood, I was greatly influenced by Gilbert Le Coze. Jol Robuchon is credited with developing the art of precision, technique, and rigor. A chef is in charge, which means that he or she is in charge of others. I had a sweet tooth as a child, and I made things myself almost every day. When I first arrived in France, Paul Bocuse was very prominent, and he had a great influence on many young people. For the first course on the menu, I wanted to serve seared red snapper with crunchy skin on a bed of porcini with a sauce.

I’m fortunate that I can eat almost anything that I want, but every day I eat some dark chocolate. To be a great chef, you must have a good palate, a good craftsmanship, discipline, and a sense of hospitality. According to the chef, if I have good-quality ingredients, I will succeed. Negronis are one of my favorite drinks because they produce a very strong buzz. Red Bordeaux is a favorite drink of mine. If you have to take one backpack of supplies, what would it be? You could make scrambled eggs with truffled cream and I believe I could handle it.

If you could invent a restaurant, what would it be and how would it work? I want to open a restaurant that is similar to a traveling circus. What is the most priceless souvenir you have brought back from a trip? Food is most commonly served on the plane; however, as soon as I step out, I get food.

Can You Use Olive Oil Instead Of Butter To Toast Bread?

Toast and grilled cheese with olive oil instead of butter. Rather than butter, use olive oil to toast your toast for breakfast: drizzle olive oil over a slice of whole wheat toast, sprinkle with some kosher salt, and sprinkle with oregano.

The Health Benefits Of Olive Oil

If you’re looking for a healthy way to boost your intake of unsaturated fats, olive oil is a great choice. This food is high in monounsaturated fats, as well as anti-inflammatory properties, which may protect against a variety of health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and obesity. When it comes to bread, olive oil can be a tasty and healthy addition to any meal. A small piece of olive oil is a tasty (and healthy) alternative to your typical butter spread that can be topped with Italian bread or a sourdough loaf.

Can You Put Olive Oil On Bread Before Baking?

Brush softened butter or olive oil over the loaf to make it more flavorful and to color it. When milk is brushed onto a loaf before baking, the baked bread becomes tender and golden. If you want to make sweet bread, add sugar if you want it to taste sweet.

The Great European Butter Debate

Butter, on the other hand, is produced primarily in European bakeries. This food, despite being slightly more expensive, has a unique flavor that some recipes may find appealing, but others may not. Those who enjoy it enjoy the flavor, while those who dislike it find it overpowering.

Can You Spray Olive Oil On Toast?

Cooking oil not only adds crispy, crunchy, and delicious bread to your bread, but it also improves its texture. Canola spray (my favorite) or olive oil spray (the more expensive one) are the two options available. If you use canola spray, canola will fluff up and turn white in the same way that the photo above does. When it is sprayed on, olive oil will have a more uniform appearance.

Is Olive Oil Spray Safe To Consume?

Is olive oil really safe to use as a spray? Cooking sprays have been approved by the FDA for use. As a result, you are not putting your health at risk by consuming olive oil sprays. Although olive oil spray and olive oil oil do not contain 100% olive oil, they do differ in the way they are used. Despite the fact that the olive oil spray contains a small amount of olive oil, the chemicals found in the bottle can still be harmful. Synthetic chemicals, as well as colors and preservatives, are used to produce these products. These additives, in addition to being harmful to your health, may even cause cancer. It is critical to be aware of the differences between olive oil sprays and olive oil, as well as to select the best type of olive oil for your needs.

This BEST Homemade Bread Recipe makes the most deliciously fluffy loaf of white bread. It tastes so much better than store-bought!

Nothing beats delicious homemade bread! If you love a good homemade bread recipe, you’ll also love our French Bread, White Bread Recipe and Banana Bread recipes.

Easy Bread Recipe – a family fav!

I have to confess, I’m kind of a bread addict. I love any kind of bread, from tender and flaky Biscuits to French Bread, to pillowy soft rolls.

My very favorite kind of bread, though, is a fluffy white loaf of Homemade Bread.

I taught myself to bake perfect bread, and it has totally changed my life! It’s perfect for morning toast, sandwiches, or a batch of French Toast.

As long as you plan ahead a little for the rise times, it’s really not very much work, and well worth the effort.

Cost Effective and Healthier

I can find a cheap loaf of bread at the grocery store, but it comes with a long list of ingredients – some of which I cannot even pronounce.

If I want to buy bread with quality ingredients, then I’m spending 3-4 times more, especially if I’m shopping at local bakeries or buying artisan bread.

Making this Homemade Bread Recipe will cost about $1.25 worth of ingredients per loaf and I get to control exactly what ingredients I use!

How to Make Bread

Start with good yeast! If your yeast is old or dead, your bread is going nowhere fast. I store my yeast in the fridge at all times, and that helps to keep it fresh.

YEAST. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in the warm water with a pinch of sugar.

COMBINE. When the yeast mixture is bubbly and foamy, add the sugar, salt, oil, and 4 cups flour, and mix with a dough hook until smooth.

KNEAD. Add remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, to form a soft, smooth dough. The dough should stick just slightly to your finger when touched, but not be overly sticky. Knead for 5-7 minutes, until smooth, then roll into a ball.

Rising + proofing

RISE. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn over once to coat the top with oil, and cover with plastic wrap. (Use olive oil or cooking spray to coat the bowl.) Let rise one hour, or until doubled.

SHAPE. When the dough has risen, punch it down gently and divide it in half. On a slipmat or lightly floured surface, roll each half of the dough into a long rectangle about 8 inches wide.

Roll the dough up, starting at the short edge, to form a cylinder that is approximately 8 inches wide. Repeat with remaining dough.

2ND RISE. Place the dough, seam side down, into lightly greased bread pans, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for one hour, or until the dough is ½-1 inch higher than the top of the pan.

Proofing tips

The most time-consuming part of bread making is letting it rise – twice. It is also one of the most important steps to ensure you get the best bread texture.

Here are a few tips when you proof the dough. It’s best to use a heatproof glass or metal bowl:

Oil the bowl before adding the dough to rise. This will keep it from sticking when it is dumped out and shaped.

Cover the bowl. Lock in moisture by covering the bowl with a piece of oiled plastic wrap, unless otherwise noted.

Air temperature can affect the proof time. A warmer environment will allow the dough to rise faster. A cooler area will slow down the process.

A quicker proof time. Create a warmer environment and reduce the amount of time it takes to rise in a few different ways:

  • Preheat your oven to 200°F then turn it OFF. Place the dough in an oven-safe bowl and cover it with a warm damp tea towel. Stick it in the oven until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Heat up a bowl of water. Put the bowl of dough on top of the hot water bowl, making sure that the water doesn’t touch the bowl of dough.
  • Heat up an electric heating pad and cover it with a towel. Place the bowl of dough on top.
  • Place the bowl of dough near a warmer area in your home such as a fireplace or warm slow cooker.

Doneness. Visually observe when the dough has doubled in size and use that as an indicator of doneness.

To further tell if the bread has been proofed just right, poke your finger into the top of the dough.

  • Bounces back immediately – continue proofing.
  • Doesn’t bounce back at all – it is over-proofed.
  • Bounces back halfway – it’s perfect!

Baking homemade bread

PREP. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

BAKE. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.

I like to brush my loaves with a little melted butter after baking, but it’s totally optional. I like that it helps to soften the top crust just a little, and a little extra butter is always a good thing, right?

COOL. Remove to a cooling rack and cool before slicing. MAKES 2 LOAVES.

Slice when bread is cool!

Cut as thin or thick as you wish. Use a bread knife with a serrated edge that is long enough to make a sawing motion. Do not push down to cut the bread. Instead, saw the bread using the whole length of the knife with light pressure.

Although I’m often so hungry for warm bread that I eat it hot! My favorite way to eat it is warm from the oven, smothered with fresh Honey Butter.

Even if you’re a bread novice, you should definitely give this easy recipe a try!

All things flour

Bread Flour comes in both whole wheat and white versions and has a higher percentage of protein than all-purpose flour. This protein produces extra gluten strands which trap air and produce the airy and chewy texture perfect for bread.

  • Make your own bread flour substitution by measuring out 1 cup (4 ½ oz) of all-purpose flour.
  • Remove 1½ teaspoons of the flour and replace it with 1½ teaspoons of vital wheat gluten.
  • Sift and use this mixture whenever a recipe calls for bread flour.

If you don’t have bread flour and can’t make your own substitution use all-purpose flour. Just note that it won’t have as chewy of a texture.

Whole wheat flour. Wheat flour especially can yield heavier bread. If you wish to use whole wheat flour it is suggested to use white wheat bread flour. You can also combine ½ wheat flour with ½ white flour.

Heavy and dense bread. A few common reasons that bread turns out heavy and dense include:

  • Adding too much flour. It’s always best to scoop the flour into the measuring cup with a spoon and level it off. Be mindful of how much flour you add while kneading.
  • Under or over proofing. It is really important that the dough rises well. If you don’t allow it to rise long enough it will be dense. If you proof it for too long, it will fall and also become dense.

Top homemade bread with

  • Honey Butter
  • Jalapeno Jelly
  • Cinnamon Butter
  • Pumpkin Butter
  • Fruit jams or jellies
  • Compound butter made with herbs such as rosemary or parsley

Repurpose your Homemade Bread

Us this bread in some of our favorite recipes:

Make croutons. Check out our Homemade Caesar Salad Croutons recipe!

Make bread crumbs. Let 1 loaf of bread dry out and become more firm.

  • Use a food processor to blend the crumbs evenly – do not over-process.
  • Melt ½ cup butter in a large pan and add the crumbs along with some salt and pepper.
  • Stir until evenly coated. Keep stirring until crumbs sound like sand.
  • Let cool and store in Ziploc bags with zipper seals for up to 6 months!

Storing info

STORE. Cool completely and place in a Ziploc bag or wrap in foil. This Homemade Bread Recipe should last 2 to 3 days stored at room temperature.

FREEZE. Slice the loaf all the way through, place it in a plastic bread bag, and freeze it as soon as it has cooled completely.

To thaw, pop the loaf in the fridge for a few hours. I love that I can pull out a few slices as needed for toast, or an entire loaf for soup night, or for sandwiches for school lunches.

FREEZE the bread dough. Add twice as much yeast to compensate for any yeast that will die in the freezer.

  • Allow the dough to rise the first time, then shape it into loaves and place them into greased bread loaf pans or directly on a greased baking sheet.
  • Place them in the freezer and freeze until solid.
  • Wrap each loaf with plastic and again with aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 6 months.

To bake – unwrap and place in a greased bread pan. Cover with an oiled piece of plastic wrap. Allow it to thaw for several hours and then rise until it is about doubled in size. Bake according to recipe directions.

This White Bread Recipe is everything that white Homemade Bread should be! It is soft and full of flavor.

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  • active dry yeast
  • 5 ½ – 6 1/2
  • butter for topping
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in the warm water with a pinch of sugar. When the yeast is bubbly and foamy, add the sugar, salt, oil, and 4 cups flour, and mix until smooth.
  • Add remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, to form a soft, smooth dough. The dough should stick just slightly to your finger when touched, but not be overly sticky. Knead for 5-7 minutes, until smooth, then roll into a ball.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn over once to coat the top with oil, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise one hour, or until doubled.
  • Place the dough, seam side down, into lightly greased bread pans, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for one hour, or until the dough is ½ – 1 inch higher than the top of the pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Brush with melted butter, if desired. Remove to a cooling rack and cool before slicing. MAKES 2 LOAVES.

What temp to bake bread?

Bread baked at 425°F (220°C) usually takes between 15 and 25 minutes to bake. Check the bread around the 12-minute mark to ensure it isn’t burning and adjust temperature or baking time as needed.

How long to bake bread at 350?

Bread baked at 350°F (177°C) usually takes between 25 and 40 minutes to bake. Check the bread around the 20-minute mark to ensure it isn’t burning and adjust temperature or baking time as needed.

How long to bake bread at 200 degrees?

Bread baked at 200°F (93°C) usually takes between 1 and 2 hours to bake. Check the bread around the 1-hour mark to ensure it isn’t burning and adjust temperature or baking time as needed.

How long to bake bread in a convection oven?

Convection ovens tend to cook food faster than regular ovens, so it’s important to adjust the cooking temperature and time accordingly. Bread baked in a convection oven at 350°F (177°C) usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes to bake. Check the bread around the 12-minute mark to ensure it isn’t burning and adjust temperature or baking time as needed.

How long should you bake bread at 180 degrees?

This depends on the recipe, but as a general rule, bread should be baked at 180 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

What temp to bake rolls bread?

The best temperature to bake rolls bread is 200 degrees. Rolls bread should be baked at 200 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

What is the best temperature to bake whole wheat bread?

The best temperature to bake whole wheat bread is 350 degrees. Whole wheat bread should be baked at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

What is the best temperature to bake French bread?

The best temperature to bake French bread is 400 degrees. French bread should be baked at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

What is the best temperature to bake sourdough bread?

The best temperature to bake sourdough bread is 425 degrees. Sourdough bread should be baked at 425 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

What is the best temperature to bake artisan bread?

The best temperature to bake artisan bread is 450 degrees. Artisan bread should be baked at 450 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

What temp to bake bread pizza?

So, what temp to bake bread pizza in the oven best? The best temperature to bake bread pizza is 350 degrees. Bread pizza should be baked at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Is it better to bake bread at a higher or lower temperature?

The best temperature to bake bread is 350 degrees. Bread should be baked at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Higher or lower temperatures can cause the bread to become overcooked or uneven.

How long does bread take to bake at 200 degrees?

This depends on the recipe, but as a general rule, bread should be baked at 200 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

What is the difference between baking bread at 350 degrees and 400 degrees?

The difference between baking bread at 350 degrees and 400 degrees is that bread baked at 400 degrees will be crustier on the outside and more moist on the inside, while bread baked at 350 degrees will be less crusty on the outside and less moist on the inside.

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How to Check if the Bread is Done?

What is bread machine yeast

Instant or Active Dry Yeast for Making Bread

If you use instant yeast, you can add it directly to your other dry ingredients when making bread. If you use active dry yeast, you’ll need to first dissolve it in warm water before using it in a recipe. For the sake of ease, I just always buy instant yeast. BUT, this recipe works for both!

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Why is oven temperature so critical for bread?

Bread is made up of three main ingredients – flour, water, and yeast. The interaction between these ingredients creates gluten, which gives bread its structure. When the dough is placed in a too-hot oven, the gluten breaks down and the bread becomes dense and heavy. On the other hand, if the oven is not hot enough, the bread will not rise properly and will be dense and gummy.

Reason oven temperature so critical for bread

What type of bread you are baking?

When in doubt, 350°F (177°C) is always a safe temperature to use as a starting point. From there, you can adjust the temperature and baking time as needed until you achieve the desired results.

How to Store Homemade Bread

You’ll want to store leftover bread in an airtight container. I bought bread bags off Amazon and LOVE them!

TESTING APPEARANCE VERSUS TEMPERATURE

To verify the value of appearance versus thermometer measurements, we placed temperature probes in the center of two loaves ofrustic Italian bread and monitored them as they baked. Halfway into the baking time, the internal temperature of the loaves had already passed 200 degrees, and they reached 210 degrees a full 15 minutes before the end of the recommended baking time.

We pulled one loaf from the oven as soon as it neared 210 degrees and left the other in the oven for the recommended baking time. (The temperature of the longer-baked loaf never rose above 210, because the moisture it contains, even when fully baked, prevents it from going past the boiling point of water, or 212 degrees.)

The differences between the two loaves were dramatic: The loaf removed early had a pale, soft crust and a gummy interior, while the loaf that baked the full hour had a nicely browned, crisp crust and a perfectly baked crumb.

Making your Loaf of Bread in a Bread Machine

Place bread pan in machine. Close lid and set bread machine to bake a loaf of basic white bread.

Let bread cool when bread machine has completed the full cycle. (Mine takes 3.5 hours.) Remove from machine & pan. Brush with butter and enjoy!

  • 110 degrees F/45 degrees C
  • active dry yeast
  • all purpose OR bread flour!
  • Place bread pan in machine. Close lid and set bread machine to bake a loaf of basic white bread.
  • Let bread cool when bread machine has completed the full cycle. (Mine takes 3.5 hours.) Remove from machine & pan. Brush with butter and enjoy!

Easy 5 Star Homemade Bread recipe made with simple ingredients & detailed instructions showing how to make bread! Thousands of comments & reviewers agree this is the BEST homemade bread for both beginners and expert bakers.

The time it takes to bake the bread at that temperature

The time it takes to bake the bread at that temperature can vary, but it’s usually between 25 and 40 minutes. Be sure to check the bread around the 20-minute mark, as it can burn quickly at 350°F.

When baking bread, it’s also important to remember that ovens may not always be accurate when it comes to temperature. If yours is off by a few degrees, it can make a big difference in how your bread turns out. If you’re not sure, use an oven thermometer to check the temperature and adjust it accordingly.

Enjoy this bread recipe? Here are even more recipes for homemade bread to try

Quick Bread Recipes

Easy 5 Star Homemade Bread recipe made with simple ingredients & detailed instructions showing how to make bread! Thousands of comments & reviewers agree this is the BEST homemade bread for both beginners and expert bakers.

AVOID SUNKEN BREAD

The easiest and best way to avoid sunken bread is to use a cooking thermometer to check the inside of the loaf. Fully cooked bread will register 200°F on a thermometer. My all-time favorite thermometer is the Thermapen. It’s super fast and incredibly durable. Another great cooking thermometer is the ThermoPop which is a more basic version that works just as well!

  • 110° F/45° C
  • active dry yeast
  • all-purpose flour OR bread flour
  • Punch dough down. Knead for 1 minute and divide dough in half. Shape into loaves and place into two greased 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
  • Bake at 350° F (175° C) for 30-40 minutes. Cool, brush with butter and enjoy!

Recipe yields 2 standard loaves of bread

Not All Bread is Baked at the Same Temperature

Now that we’ve gone over both caramelization and the Maillard reaction, you can see why some types of bread might need to be baked at either higher or lower temperatures (clearly sugar plays a role). Sugar is not alone though-there are other factors like fat content in addition sourdoughs which also affect how quickly your oven needs adjust for different recipes.

What temp to bake bread is question that people want to answer. Once the oven has preheated to 375°F, bake your loaf of golden brown goodness until it’s ready or 200 ° internally. 30-35 minutes should do it! Remove from pans onto wire racks so you can safelyvg cool down before eating any leftovers

You’re all set now that I’ve given helpful hints on how long each step takes (30 – 35 min). You’ll never underestimate what little things like this mean in achieving success with baking–so try not eat anything before cooling completely because.

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Bread Baking Tips

-Use a thermometer to Preheat your oven: This is the best way to be sure your oven is at the correct temperature before you put your bread in to bake. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to the temperature called for in your recipe. Place the thermometer on the rack and close the door. Wait 5 minutes, then check the thermometer to see what the current temperature is. Adjust the oven accordingly and wait another 5 minutes before checking again. Repeat this process until the oven is at the correct temperature.

-Bake bread on the middle rack: This will help ensure that your bread bakes evenly.

-Rotate your baking pan halfway through baking: This helps to ensure that your bread browns evenly.

-Don’t open the oven door too often: Every time you open the door, heat escapes and can cause your bread to become overcooked or uneven. So only open the door when absolutely necessary.

Tips to bake the best bread

Bread Machine Ingredients

You’ll use the same ingredients, only HALF of them, so you can fit them in a 1-lb bread machine.

— WATER: You need 1 cup warm water. (110° F/45° C)

— SUGAR: We add 1/4 cup white sugar. You are welcome to reduce this even further and use just 1-2 tablespoons.

— YEAST: We add 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast to the dough to help it rise.

— OIL: We used 2 TBSP vegetable oil but you can also use coconut oil or canola oil. I’ve tried it with light olive oil and it just has a strange aftertaste that I don’t love.

— FLOUR: You’ll need 3 cups flour. You can use all-purpose flour OR bread flour!

The history of bread

The history of bread goes back to ancient times and has been a staple in many cultures throughout history. While the ingredients and methods have changed over time, the importance of temperature has always remained the same.

The optimal temperature for baking bread is 350°F (177°C). This is because it’s hot enough to create a golden-brown crust and cook the dough all the way through, but not so hot that it will burn. It’s also important to note that baking times can vary depending on the type of bread you are making and how large your loaf is.

Can you Make this bread in a Bread Machine? YES! Here’s how

Bread fresh out of my bread machine!

I’ve found this recipe works really well in a bread machine! I just had the halve the ingredients so it would fit. You can see and print out the recipe below.

Basic Steps for Making Yeast Bread Recipes

You’ll need warm water, granulated sugar, instant OR active dry yeast, salt, vegetable or canola oil and flour. That’s it!

Dissolve the yeast and activate it by Proofing

This is a simple process that takes about 5 minutes. You can see a picture below what yeast looks like when it’s proofed. It’s possible to kill yeast if you use too hot of water, so aim for slightly warmer than luke-warm, or about 105°F. Combine warm water, yeast and 1 TBSP of the granulated sugar in your mixing bowl. Give it a quick stir and then let it sit for 5 minutes. You’ll begin to see the yeast puff up until it covers the entire surface of the water.

Add remaining ingredients and mix

Add the rest of the sugar, the oil, salt and flour (You can use all-purpose flour OR bread flour!), then mix using an electric mixer until it’s well combined, about 2 minutes. You can mix by hand but it will take longer.

Knead the Bread

You might be thinking, “Wait! It’s already mixed!” Ha! Not so fast! Going through the process of kneading bread dough is crucial for bread with great texture. Kneading dough allows gluten to form which enables dough to rise better, be lighter and fluffier. you can knead by hand or with a mixer. I use the dough hook on my mixer and knead for 7 minutes. If you knead by hand, you’ll want to knead for 10-11 minutes, depending on how consistent you are.

First Rise

Place your lovely smooth, elastic bread dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a clean towel. I think plastic wrap works better because it traps hot air inside and thus, my dough requires a shorter first rise. Be sure to spray the side of the plastic wrap that will touch the dough with oil!

If your house is cool, your bread will take longer to rise. In the wintertime when my house is cooler than normal, I like to turn the oven on for 2-3 minutes, then turn it off and let the bowl of dough rise in there. The oven traps the heat for a longtime and it’s the perfect atmosphere for rising dough.

Punch Dough and Shape it

Punching the dough down quickly releases any air pockets that have developed and helps your bread have a more consistent rise and texture. Shape your dough by rolling it gently into a ball and rolling it 2 or 3 times on the countertop so that the ball is more oblong. I usually punch down and shape the dough quickly, then place in a greased bread pan.

Second Rise

I like to do my second rise in a warm oven that’s not turned on. I turn the oven on just before I punch my dough down, then turn it off once I place the dough in the oven for the 2nd rise. It’s really only on for a minute or two, which is fine! The second rise will help shape your loaf of bread and takes about 30 minutes.

You’re nearly there! Bread bakes for about 30-40 minutes. You know what I do to make sure my bread is perfectly cooked? I use a digital cooking thermometer! Fully cooked bread will be 190-200 degrees F. Bread recipes that include milk will need to cook until 200 degrees, but since this one doesn’t, I take it out once it reaches 190 degrees. The top will be golden brown.

My all-time favorite cooking thermometer is the Thermapen. It’s super fast and incredibly durable. Another great thermometer is the ThermoPop which is a more basic version that works just as well!

Cool the Bread

Cool baked bread in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then overturn pan and turn loaf out onto a cooling rack or folded towel to finish cooling. If you leave the bread in the pan for much longer than that, you’ll steam it, which may cause some parts of your loaf to go soggy. No one likes soggy bread!

Helpful Tips when Making Your First Loaf of Homemade Bread

If you’ve never baked homemade bread before, here are a few tips:

Remember to fully knead

The recipe below kneads for 7 minutes and it’s worth it! Kneading dough helps to develop the flavor and texture of the bread, so don’t skimp on kneading time.

Weather can affect your ingredients

If you live in a moist climate, chances are you’ll need at least the recommended amount of flour, maybe even 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup more. Bread dough should be sticky, but still manageable, especially after the first rise. While you’re kneading, the dough should come together and pull away from the sides of the bowl, leaving the bowl mostly clean. I usually aim to have the very bottom of the dough still attached to the bowl. Try not to add too much flour because your bread will be more dense. When you pick the dough up, some will stick to your fingers. After the first rise, it will be easier to handle!

Temperature affects how long your bread takes to rise

Try not to go crazy kneading your bread after the first rise. I usually knead and shape my dough in about 1 minute, then it’s back in the pan to rest, for the 2nd rise. I like to have the pan rise in the oven for this second rise so that I don’t have to worry about moving risen dough. When it’s fully risen, I just turn the oven on and set the timer to bake!

Here are the ingredients for the oven baked recipe, which yields 2 loaves of bread:

— WATER: You need 2 cups warm water. (110° F/45° C) I recommend you take the temperature using a cooking thermometer until you get the hang of how warm the water should be. If your water is too hot, it will kill the yeast and your bread will be dense and flat!

— SUGAR: We add 1/2 cup white sugar. You are welcome to reduce this even further and use just 1/4 cup.

— YEAST: We add 1 TBSP + 2 tsp active dry yeast to the dough to help it rise.

— SALT: You need 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to enhance the flavors in the bread. If you’ve never had bread with not enough salt, it does not taste good! I forgot to add it once. Don’t do that.

— OIL: We used 1/4 cup vegetable oil but you can also use coconut oil or canola oil. I’ve tried it with light olive oil and it just has a strange aftertaste that I don’t love.

— FLOUR: You’ll need 5-6 cups flour. You can use all-purpose flour OR bread flour!

THE TAKEAWAY

Internal temperature is less useful than appearance as a sign of a well-baked loaf.

We found that bread can reach the optimal temperature for doneness—210 degrees for the rustic Italian bread above—well before the loaf is actually baked through. You can take the temperature of your bread, but stick to the recommended baking time and make sure the crust has achieved the appropriate color before removing the loaf from the oven.

210 DEGREES BUT HALF BAKED

210 DEGREES BUT FULLY BAKED

How can you tell if bread is fully baked?

I like to use a food thermometer. Mine is digital, so it’s very easy to use. Fully cooked bread will be 190-200 degrees F. Bread recipes that include milk will need to cook until 200 degrees, but since this one doesn’t, I take it out once it reaches 190 degrees. The top will be golden brown.

Troubleshooting tips in case something goes wrong

If your bread isn’t turning out the way it should, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot.

  • First, check the temperature of your oven and make sure it’s at the correct setting. If not, adjust accordingly.
  • Second, be sure to preheat your oven long enough before baking – at least 15 minutes.
  • Third, check the bread around the 20-minute mark to make sure it isn’t burning and adjust the temperature or baking time as needed.
  • Finally, if your bread is undercooked or too dense, you may need to increase the baking time or use a higher temperature setting.

Troubleshooting tips in case something goes wrong

How to Make 5 Star Homemade Bread

In a large bowl, or a stand mixer, dissolve the sugar in the warm water. I just combine the two and whisk it slightly to dissolve the sugar. Stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

Add in the salt and oil. Begin to mix, using a rubber scraper or the dough hook on your stand mixer. Add the flour one cup at a time, reserving the last cup of flour to see if you need it. You might not use all of the flour. The dough should pull away and clean the bowl, sticking on the bottom in a small circle about the size of a quarter. If your dough does this with just 5 cups of flour, do not add more. However, if your dough still sticks to the bowl, add more a couple tablespoons at a time until it cleans the bowl, sticking in just a small circle on the bottom.

Now knead dough for 7 minutes. Set a timer as a full knead is important! Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise in a warm area until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Knead for 1 minute and divide dough in half. Shape into loaves and place into two greased 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.

Bake at 350° F (175° C) for 30-40 minutes. Cool, brush with butter and enjoy!

Tips for perfect results every time

When baking bread, it’s important to keep an eye on the temperature and adjust accordingly. If your oven runs hot, you may need to reduce the temperature a bit or bake for a shorter amount of time. If your oven runs cool, you may need to increase the temperature or bake for slightly longer.

Another tip is to use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is running at the correct temperature. This can help you avoid over- or under-baking your bread.

Finally, it’s important to preheat your oven for at least 15 minutes before baking so that the temperature is as consistent as possible throughout baking.

Now that you know the importance of what temp to bake bread, as well as some tips and tricks to ensure your bread turns out perfectly, put your knowledge to the test! And don’t forget to have fun in the process. After all, baking is a labor of love. Earlsgrocery.com thanks for reading!

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