Saturday, April 23, 2011

Homemade Bread Loaf

Easy no knead recipe for Homemade Bread Loaf

First time when I made bread I was probably 13 years old…My mom started to work, and I came from the school, hungry like a wolf; I was all alone, my sister was in school and my dad was working as well!  Next to the stove I found a note from my mom, saying ” Could you prepare bread dough and I will bake it when I come back”? And then it was whole preparation (list) how to do it.
I did everything right, except that I used fresh yeast, and my mom did say to put about 1 Tbs. with warm milk  in a cup to get it started. It would take about few minutes, and then I should put it in the flour with everything else. I mixed flour, and felt so proud of myself.. Well..:D I went back to the kitchen about 15 times, mixing the dough constantly. It was odd looking... like it is for pancakes:D ..and never raised up…I was covered in flour, kitchen was messy, full of dough spots everywhere..I felt hopeless!
I Didn't  actually know what I did wrong! 
I was little bit anxious; I felt like million butterflies are in my belly; I did not know how she is going to react that I didn't make bread dough so good;  I went to the kitchen and told her that I did exactly like she wrote on the paper, but nothing had happened to the dough!
She said “It is Okay, but you did not follow the recipe, and see the yeast is still in the cup with milk ” when she said that, my brain just froze:D  I was waiting for two hours for nothing!:D
Well...I learned my lesson!!! 
And that was my first time "trying" to make a bread! 


Now I am rarely buying it  from the store, or bakery..I am making bread everyday fresh and from the scratch without bread machine.. To tell you the truth I find them useless . My hands, and my trusty wooden spoon are doing everything in a matters of 5 minutes.
So here is my recipe....



Homemade Bread Loaf
Makes 1 large loaf/or 2 smaller
Ingredients:
  • 3 Cups all purpose flour (not with sodium), flour for bread, cake, cookies etc. 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1.5 -2 teaspoons salt 
  • 1 Tbs. Baking powder *optional 
  • 1 Tbs. dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups of Luke warm water, more or less as needed (or warm milk)
  • Oil for greasing the baking pan
Directions:
  1. Combine flour, salt and baking powder. Mix!
  2. Add sugar and dry yeast in a small cup, and add bit of warm milk or water.
  3. Let the yeast activate, stir and add to the flour mixture. 
  4. Add more warm water or milk as needed, but do add slowly so your bread dough wouldn't turn into pancake mixture.(1/2 cup at the time until you reach the thickness and so the wooden spoon can go through easier-it does take some good beating)
  5. Take a few strokes with a wooden spoon just to combine everything and cover the dough.
  6. Let it raise for 20 minutes and stir with your wooden spoon again, and let it rest for the next 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven on 400F (200C)
  8. Grease your baking pan and put the dough in. 
  9. Again let it raise in the baking pan for the next 10 minutes or until it's almost up to the edges of the pan and place in the preheated oven, even if it's not all the way to the edges it will raise more in the oven.*note that you can bake in any pan that you have-circular, rectangular, or square pan. 
  10. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown. 
My bread just came out of the oven and the warm smell wrapped my whole house. Is there anything better than freshly baked bread coming from your oven? 


Note* 

  • This is no knead bread, I just use wooden spoon to combine and mix the dough. 
  • I usually put 2 teaspoons to 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt but will change it to 1.5-2 tsp. because of different flours brands, and of course taste buds. 
  • The dough should be just a bit thinner than if you would make pizza dough. 
  • Also If you decide to knead just add less water or milk and I would suggest adding maybe 1 Tbs. of oil; flour the working surface and knead until you make a ball and oil it before covering to raise. Once it's risen, knead again and place in the greased baking pan to raise one more time before baking it. 
  • IF FLOUR HAS SODIUM PLEASE ADD ONLY 1/2 -1 teaspoon of salt. The outcome will not be the same but still delicious. I work with only all purpose- no sodium bleached white flour. 
  • I tried many different brands of flour, but I always stick to the one that I found the best which is Canadian brand- 5 Roses 44LB. If you have a chance to get it trust me you will not regret because the bread or anything baked comes out amazing. For Five Roses Flour All Purpose, 5.5lb, click here 
Simple and Easy recipe for no knead Homemade Bread Loaf

Wishing you great day!

Your friend,

Sandra 


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81 comments :

  1. Looks delish! I will give this a try!

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  2. Hi Sandra! Wow...I used to say the exact same phrase "nothing is better than freshly baked bread out of the oven" when I explained to people how much I love good bread. I can eat bread as main dish, if the bread is so good. This looks delicious and you make it sound like very easy to make (really?). I will keep this recipe and thanks for sharing!

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  3. Divan ti je hleb, Sandra. Na mom nikad nije tako lepa korica.

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  4. I love homemade bread. And the smell of bread baking is awesome. Love it.

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  5. Aw, you were such a cute child! Its definitely the effort that counts, and you really tried! Glad to hear you make bread every day, it's so yummy when it's made fresh isn't it? :)

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  6. Is there anything better than fresh-baked bread?! I just love how wonderful it makes my kitchen smells. Your recipe looks great - nice and simple. I was lucky enough *not* to receive a bread maker when we got married. I wouldn't have known what to do with it! I'll be bookmarking this for future reference. It just looks so good!

    Happy Easter!

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  7. Beautiful loaf, Sandra...and I loved the story of your first bread baking experience. I started baking, too, at about that age. My mom went back to college to get her Masters...and I wanted sweets! My, how far we've come...

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  8. awwww... what an adorable story! The bread looks delicious too! Happy Easter!

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  9. Stvarno je prelep!!Draga srecan Uskrs tebi i tvojima:))

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  10. Yum Fresh baked bread is the BEST!! What a great story. I was 25 the first time I attempted to bake bread myself!!

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  11. So inspiring! I've never made bread before!

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  12. Bas si mi izmamila osmeh na lice pricom o "prvom" hlebu :)

    Kucne pekare su samo za one koji vole domaci hleb ali ne uzivaju u procesu izrade, a nase ruke zaista nista ne moze da zameni! Odlican recpet i divna fotkica. Mirise hlebic dovde ;)

    Srecan Uskrs! :-***

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  13. Wow, I am still impressed that a 13 year old girl would even attempt bread...bet you never forgot to put in the yeast ever again!

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  14. Thank you all for wonderful comments..I am still trying to figure out how to replay to all individually:))

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  15. And look how far you've come. I still have yeast troubles in my chilly winter kitchen. But you are right - is there anything better than freshly baked bread? Yours is truly the staff of life.

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  16. That's such a cute story Sandra. Everytime I see a picture of freshly made bread I just want to grab a hunk to toast and spread with butter.

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  17. Your bread looks beautiful :) I love it. We don't buy bread either, maybe once or twice a month LOL and only if hubby brings it home!
    Your first bread reminds me a lot of my first LOL

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  18. I love your story...and your bread loaf! There is nothing better than the smell or taste of homemade bread. It always makes me smile. Happy Easter :) Wishing you a fantastic week!

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  19. Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.

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  20. Homemade bread is the best! I love your pictures and story to go alonf with it. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I think bread machines are useless too, but then again, I have never owned one. I like to use my muscle power to create home-made bread and usually have great results. I will have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. LOL :) agree with using muscle power!

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  22. Yes, you are right! There is no better feeling than digging into the the dough with bare hands and there is no better fragrance than the aroma of fresh baked bread floating from the kitchen through the whole house ! And your bread looks amazing Sandra!

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  23. What a funny story about your first bread baking experience, Sandra! For all of our falls we have plenty of successes, and it looks like you've had a big one with this beautiful bread - It looks perfect, fluffy and absolutely delicious. Great job!

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  24. Cute story! Nothing is better in life than the smell of baking bread and that first taste when it's still warm out of the oven. Great recipe, thanks!

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  25. Wow Sandra....I can just imagine ripping off a chunk of that and dipping it in herb olive oil and being the happiest girl in the world. Looks absolutely fantastic!

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  26. Your bread looks great, definitely more successful than when you were 13! There's something so lovely about making bread from scratch. I'm a fan, although I don't make it often enough.

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  27. Your bread looks wonderful! You're right. Freshly baked bread smell is the best!

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  28. Haha! Oh Sandra, that is such a cute story! Your bread looks so good, and crusty on the outside, my favorite kind of bread!

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  29. Cute story :) That's how my daughter learned to read a recipe and follow directions, too. Now, you know and look like an expert judging from that beautiful loaf!

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  30. Haha! I can totally relate. If I did make bread, I would be the one to forget the yeast and sit there for hours not knowing what the heck went wrong. Your loaf looks awesome though! I have to try breadmaking sometime!

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  31. I'm joining the club of fresh lovers, you just can't compare it with the thing you buy! Your story was a treat to read! :)

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  32. I have bought yeast and have been thinking of making bread at home .. for like ever ! I really need to do it once and then I am sure I will never buy breads again. :)

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  33. Fab fab looking bread! All it needs is some stew... yum! :)

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  34. You're right dear friend there's nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread. You've done very well.

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  35. You make your own bread everyday? Wow, that's impressive and it must taste better than the store-bought bread! I laughed when I read your story about your first-time making bread, it's so adorable!

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  36. I loved your cute childhood story! This bread looks fabulous! Nice and pillowy soft! Will have to give your recipe a try soon!

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  37. Sandra, this looks delicious! Nothing is better than warm homemade bread! Yum!!!

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  38. What a wonderful loaf of bread, Sandra. I love the crust and imagine this was delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  39. Sandra - I loved your story about your first bread experience! Your Mom sounds like a good teacher too.
    This bread recipe sounds so delicious!!

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  40. LOL! Awwwww, that is such a cute story Sandra!!! But look at you now...that loaf up there is gorgeous!!

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  41. Beautiful, crackly loaf. Nothing beats fresh bread...makes the house smell amazing.

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  42. That bread loaf looks just the way I like them!!!

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  43. Your bread looks amazing...I wouldn't be buying it from the store either if I had that as an option.
    Such a cute story about your first bread-making experience!

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  44. That is such a nice story!!! I agree that bread machines don't work, or at least mine didn't -the edges were always over cooked. Your bread looks perfect! Fresh bread like that must make great sandwiches.

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  45. Homemade bread is the best and enjoyed the story about you first time making bread:D

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  46. I loved reading the story of your first time making bread! And now your homemade bread of course looks absolutely perfect, thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  47. I loved reading your cute story of your first bread...LOL I could just picture you checking your bread to see if it raised...and then the yeast is still sitting in the milk.
    You sure came a long way, and make beautiful and perfect bread!
    xoxo

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  48. Your bread looks perfect and delicious! What a cute story, mistakes usually seem to make us better cooks, and bakers :)

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  49. I used to bake all my bread but now , I rarely do so. Reading this, I think, I am ready to go to it, again. Thanks for the motivation.

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  50. Che deliziosi ricordi quelli di casa da bambina , un bacio e ...bellissimo questo pane ciao

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  51. I just bumped into your blog and I really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
    We would like to follow your blog if you like mine plz follow it :)

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  52. jao predivan hleb, definitivno moram da naucim da ga pravim :) Pratim te

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  53. loved the story about your first bread.
    the loaf looks great perfect with some salted butter in the morning.

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  54. I have made this bread, already twice, great succes, great comination. thanks fro sharing and keeping the passion of home baking alive :)

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  55. Sandra what a funny story :) We all make silly mistakes like that but at least we have the funny memories. I also love making my own bread. But bakeries in Europe, as you know, are so great so I also buy it there. No fancy equipment for me either. I actually don't even own a mixer:) Your bread looks so delicious!

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  56. Just looking around, one can get lost in time looing at all the wonderful blogs. I http://thewednesdaybaker.blogspot.com/2011/04/cherry-almond-breakfast-cookies.htmldo enjoy, your bread looks great. thank you Andi

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  57. Hey Sandra, This turned to be my all time favourite bread recepie. I have to bake this every second day, my family deserve it . They love it. Even more than my old no-kneed-bread. Great recepie, thanks again.

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    1. Thank you for trying the recipe, glad your family liked it!

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  58. Dear Sandra, Please tell me how can i make this bread in Microwave, and what is the recipe of Bran bread? I have to bake this everyday, my family like it very much, email me adiltirmizi@gmail.com. Thanks & Regards

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    1. Brand name is canadian flour "bakers 5 roses", but I never made bread in microwave...I don't know if that could be done!

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  59. I just want to say thank you, because this bread was truly fantastic. It was so quick and easy, and it was incredibly cheap to make. My boyfriend is going to feel so spoiled when I start baking fresh bread every day.

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    1. I am so happy to hear that! Now every time you make the bread it will come out better and better. Thank you for trying and happy baking!:)

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  60. Hi Sandra, I'm going to try and make this today. Is the recipe only for one loaf? If I make extra, can the extra dough be stored for later use? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Jasmine,
      This is for one large loaf which you can split in half and make two small ones. Yes, you can store in the fridge for two days and bake it later. Also it doesn't have to be any particular shape, you can bake it in any baking pan, just oil the pan before you put the dough in.
      Thank you and let me know how it turned out for you!

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  61. Have you tried making this gluten free?

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    1. No I have not, but I am eager to try recipe from food.com. Recently my niece is on gluten free and she loves bread so I will have to try and make it for her.
      LINK: http://www.food.com/recipe/gluten-free-french-bread-180306
      I like the reviews and comments so you can check it out and see if that recipe will work for you.

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  62. I made this recipe and followed it precisely. It was not a very good loaf, as the recipe calls for WAY too much salt. I am going to try to make it again with only 1 and a half tsp of salt as opposed to the two and a half your recipe calls for.

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    1. I am sorry to hear. I am making this kind of bread for over 18 years and nobody ever said it was too salty, esp way too salty. Did you check your flour? Is it with the sodium? Since I posted in 2011, I received positive feedback about the recipe so i feel really sorry to hear that yours was too salty. Have a great weekend!

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  63. It is a flour specifically for bread making so, I am not certain. I did like the ease of the recipe but, will try to change it a bit and see what happens.

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    1. Flour that I am baking with is Canadian brand: FIVE ROSES® ALL PURPOSE BLEACHED WHITE FLOUR, no sodium, all purpose and it's recommended for cakes, cookies, breads, dough etc. Yes, try making it with 1 and a half tsp on 3 cups of flour, but in case if your flour says on the back that it has sodium try with only 1/2-1 teaspoon. Again I feel sorry that came out the way it did, and thank you for trying. I appreciate it!

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    2. I use Gold Medal Beteer For Bread Flour. It is an unbleached, unbromated, enriched flour. I just remade this with using 1.5tsp salt and 1tsp sugar in place of the extra 1tsp of salt I subtracted. It turned out amazingly!!!! My flour does not contain sodium and I generally find that unbleached flour makes things taste better. I also baked this loaf for 30 mins. Thanks again for the recipe.

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    3. Interesting! Thank you so much for letting me know! I am glad that it finally turned out ok after your adjustments. I will add that in notes just in case. Thanks again and have a lovely week!

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  64. My flour is Gold Medal: Better for bread flour. It is an unbleached, unbromated, enriched flour There is no sodium whatsoever in this flour. I am about to make the bread again with the salt level change, and will let you know how it turns out.

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  65. Okay, okay, already. You've convinced me. I'll try to make bread. This looks so good.

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    1. hehe,,,thank you Rosemary! I hope you enjoy it! :D

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  66. Thanks for the recipe. I found it on pinterest and as this was my first attempt at making bread, i loved the simplicity of it. It turned out great, ill definitely be baking more often.

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    1. Yeyy! Thank you so much for trying the recipe and for letting me know! I am really glad that your first attempt was a success! Thanks again and have a great rest of the week!

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  67. Love the sight of this beautiful loaf of bread. Will definitely try it out sooooon :)

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