Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

I love bread. Especially the homemade variety.   

When I make homemade bread, it has to be tasted as soon as it comes out of the oven. It’s mandatory. All nice and hot, with the butter melted and dripping. There’s nothing better.  

Well…except my Mom’s biscuits. Nanny Betty (as she’s called by the grandkids, a good majority of the grandkids’ friends and various extended family members who are not grandkids) makes the best biscuits you-will-ever-taste. Hand down. Paula Deen has NOTHING on Nanny Betty.

But I digress. This post is about homemade bread not biscuits. Forgive me. I’ve been eating my Mom’s cooking for the past two weeks. I must have biscuits on the brain. They’re definitely on the hips.

I recently shared my new Walnut Bread Board and told you a bit about the homemade bread I’ve been making for years. Actually, it’s so easy I wonder if it even qualifies as homemade. But it’s made from scratch so it’s homemade.

Years ago, my MIL gave me a bread maker. It was nice but I really didn’t like the texture of the bread when it was baked in the machine. A friend suggested using the machine to mix and kneed the bread but then removing the dough and baking it in the oven.

And thus began my tradition of homemade bread. If you happen to have a bread machine, or you’re patient enough to mix and kneed your own dough, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1.5 C warm water
  • 1 T canola oil or corn oil
  • 4 C all purpose flour
  • 1.5 t salt
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 2 T instant dry yeast

Place all ingredients in the bread machine. Allow machine to mix and kneed bread until just before the baking process begins. Turn machine off and place dough on a greased cookie sheet.

At this point spray your hands with cooking spray. I know, it’s messy but it helps to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.

Divide dough in half to form two, slightly football-ish looking, shapes.

Allow bread to rise approximately 30 minutes. It may take a bit longer in the winter.

Bake bread at 325 degrees for 20 minutes until lightly golden brown.

Taste immediately while hot. Mandatory. Serve from a lovely bread board.

It may become a family favorite. Simple and delicious.

So what’s your weakness? Biscuits, homemade bread, muffins or all of the above?

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7 Responses to Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

  1. thistle says:

    What a great tip about the cooking spray! I will use this next time I make bread!


  2. Suzanne says:

    The bread board is fabulous and there is nothing better than home baked bread. It just smells like home, when there’s bread in the oven.

  3. Nana Diana says:

    OMGOSH! What a great idea about spraying your hands….duh…why didn’t I ever think of that? There is nothing like the smell of baking bread in the house to make it feel like home- xo Diana

  4. I love, love homemade bread, but have been trying to limit my gluten intake, so I don’t bake it any more. Too bad, cause yours looks divine.

  5. Clydia says:

    Yum! We have the same bread machine…LOL.

  6. Pat says:

    All of the above! πŸ™‚ My mother always made biscuits every single morning…and I used to make them all the time when family was home. Nothing like those special memories, huh? Your bread recipe appears easy and looks delish! Don’t you just love the bread board? πŸ™‚ I ordered a set of the mini’s to go with my large board.
    And yes, spraying the hands is a life saver! I usually have it all over the kitchen though. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for making me drool here ~

  7. I used to make bread a lot, and have gotten out of it. but everytime I see a recipe for bread it brings back great memories and smells! Looks so good! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!