How to Make Homemade Bread

Gather Your Homemade Bread Ingredients

Homemade Bread - Ingredient You'll Need. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Homemade bread starts with the most basic of ingredients. No matter which bread recipe you choose, you can be sure it will include:

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Cooking oil, butter or shortening
  • Water

In this tutorial, we'll be making Homemade Wheat Bread, but you can use whatever bread recipe you'd like.

Here are a few other bread recipes to consider:

Honey White Bread
Buttermilk Bread
Banana Bread

Combine the Dry Ingredients

dry ingredients for homemade bread in bowl
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Start by combining all of your dry ingredients in a bowl – flour, yeast, salt, sugar and anything else that your recipe calls for.

If you want to make your bread in a bread machine (as shown in this example), just dump the ingredients right into the bread pan.

Add the Wet Ingredients

Homemade Bread - Add the Wet Ingredients. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Now, add the wet ingredients called for in the bread recipe. This should take care of the rest of your ingredients list. Do a quick scan of the recipe to make sure you haven't left anything out.

If you're using a bread machine, simply choose the appropriate setting on your machine, and it will do everything else for you – kneading, rising and baking. If you're making your bread by hand, continue on to the next step.

A Note About Bread Machines: I love the convenience of a bread machine, but I've found baking in the oven produces superior bread (the loaves come out lighter and larger). To save time, I use a bread machine to make my dough, and then do everything else by hand. A win-win, if ever there were one.

Knead the Dough

dough for homemade bread being kneaded in bowl
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Mix the ingredients together until they are well combined; then, continue to knead them until they form a stiff dough. You can do this by hand – or if you prefer – in an electric mixer or bread machine.

Allow the Dough to Rise

homemade bread dough rising
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Place the dough in a lightly-oiled bread pan; cover it with a dish cloth; and allow it to rise until doubled in size (this will take at least 30 minutes).

Bake Your Bread

homemeade bread ready to bake
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Once your dough has risen, bake it according to the instructions in your recipe. I baked mine at 350 for 30 minutes, but it will vary some from recipe to recipe.

Slice and Enjoy

fresh-baked homemade bread
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Give your homemade bread a few minutes to cool before slicing. This will make it much easier to cut. Then, enjoy it with jam, butter or even plain. No matter how you serve it, fresh bread can't be beat.