Recipe Review: Basic Homemade Bread

Original Recipe from Taste of Home.

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A “soft dough” in the bowl.

I’ve always wanted to make my own bread. This past week, I found a really cute speckled bread pan at Aldi and decided I was going to make my own bread. The opportunity presented itself on Monday, when both of my tutoring students cancelled on me and I had the entire day to myself. I ended up having to go back to Aldi to get another loaf pan…which they didn’t have, so I made do with a set of two mini casserole dishes instead. (They’re so cute!)

 

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The bread after being allowed to rise in the pan for 45 minutes.

I Googled “Easy Bread Recipe” and came up with this one from Taste of Home. I was surprised that it only called for six ingredients, but I was all for something easy. The time said it would take about 50 minutes from start to finish, and that made me incredibly skeptical. I will say that the actual recipe takes just under 3 hours from start to finish, once you add in how long it takes the bread to rise, etc. The instructions were really easy to follow and I had plenty of time to clean up after myself after each step.

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Three loaves of bread!

The hardest part of this was smelling the bread as it was baking. I am happy to say that they all turned out absolutely delicious! I put all three in the oven at the same time. The two smaller loaves came out about five minutes before the big loaf. They were golden brown, like the recipe called for, and they slid easily out of the pans. They were in the oven for 25 minutes and 30 minutes, respectively, because my oven is a little wonky. (I’ll be moving to a new apartment with new appliances soon, though!) But was the waiting worth it?

YES! It absolutely was. I tried the bread warm with butter and cold with Nutella, and then later on I used it for a tuna sandwich for my dinner. It held up and didn’t have any large holes in it, but it also wasn’t super dense.

PROS:

  • easy to make
  • very few ingredients

CONS:

  • lots of waiting for the dough to rise

All in all, I’d give this recipe 4/5 stars. It’s not the best bread I’ve ever had in my life, but it’s certainly something I would make every week if I had the time! And I might just have the time once I move to my new place, and will spend Sundays getting my bread ready for the week. It’ll be cheaper and healthier than buying store-bought bread, anyway.

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