If you are wondering how to get started with making bread, you have come to the right place. This is the beginners guide and you can grow from here.
The Beginners Guide to making bread.
Making bread is one of the oldest ways of preparing grains that we know. Making your own bread takes you back, it gets your body moving (if you don’t have a mashing to do the heavy work) and it’s great meditation. Not to mention how satisfying it is so serve up a steaming loaf of bread to the family.
In our family we love homemade bread and lets be honest, we love all cakes as well. I bake several times a week, and have done so over the last many years. I have some go to measures for our everyday bread, and I love experimenting with different grains and types of flour. I don’t have any formal training in baking, only experience and what seems to be a natural eye for it. Here I will try and go through the most important steps I take to make my own bread. If you have any questions about this post, feel free to leave them below in the comments and I will get back to you.
What is bread making?
Making bread is the art of turing flour, water, yeast and a pinch of salt, into steaming loafes of goodness that melts the butter right when it tuches it. Ah, how bread and butter always gets me – its my cryptonite. 🙂
Breadmaking is a craft and it takes time, and once you have prepared the dough you need to cook it somehow. You can use an oven, a dutch oven over your campfire, or you can experiment with deepfrying the dough on a hot pan.
While making the perfect loaf of bread, or the perfect breadroll is not necesarrily easy, once you try it your self a few times, it doesnt have to be hard either. Now dont get me wrong, it can be physically hard work if you dont have the right ecuipment. It can be heavy lifting at times as well. But if you have all of the basics there, and you are not trying to make breadmaking a way of life, you will be able to learn how to make a decent bread.
How to get started with making your own bread
When it comes to breadmaking it doesnt have to take much to get started. To make a basic bread all you need is flour, water, salt and yeast (wild or store bought) then you need patience. You will need a bowl to mix it all, a mesure to make sure you have the right mesurements, and you will need a spoon or your hands to mix it all up, and something to bake the bread in.
If you have been here before, you know that our basic lists of what you really need, are maybe a bit more scarce than what you find other places, but I honestly believe that to be all you need! Now there are a few more things that I like having, and that makes is easier to make a good bread.
While there are no knead bread recipes outhere, you will need to knead your dough to get alot of air into it. Some of the best breads are made when you leave it for as long as it takes on a kitchen machine, often up to as long as 45 minutes, and that really brings out the gluten strings in the dough. Combine that with long rising time, and you get some of the best bread in the world. I use this kitchen stand mixer, and I absolutely love it – but use what ever you have.
Tips for Success in when you start making your own bread
I wish someone would have told me just how easy bread making is, when I first got started. I believed that I would need all sorts of equipment, and expensive things. While you can buy alot of expensive things, you really dont need them to begin with – just a bowl and a spoon can be all you need.
The second thing I wish someone would have told me is that almost all bread becomes even better if you allow it to raise once cold and once warm. I dont always have time for that, and you can make really good bread in a couple of hours, but every now and again I go all in and allow the bread to rise for up to 24 hours, and the experience is very different bread.
Common Questions About breadmaking
How do you make simple bread?
- A simple bread is made from good water, yeast, salt, and enough flour to make it all stick together.
What is the best bread recipe ever?
- Is this a trick question? – the best recipe depends on what your favorite bread is. My favorite is a sourdough bread, with lots of love put into it. With that said, a bread roll made by toddler hands with a little to much flour can be just a delishius.
How do you knead bread by hand?
- Yes you can! And its a good workout!
Is it cheaper to make your own bread?
- My guess is, that it depends on where you live in the world, but most of the time, the answer is yes. I can make two breads at about half the cost the same bread would cost me in the store.
How can I make my bread tasty?
- You can make your bread tasty by using the best ingridients. If you use old flour, with little texture, your bread will not be as tasty as when you use fresh wholemeal flour.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about breadmaking
Making your own bread is completely doable. You don´t need to stress about it. Try it out some of our more simple recipes and I am sure you will gain more confidence with every loaf of bread. If you want to go all in an learn all about baking with sourdough (and save yourself lots of hours of trail an error) I recomend this course from my friend Victoria over at A Modern Homestead.