I’ve spent several years dreaming of being able to someday bake homemade bread that is anywhere close to how good my grandmother’s is. Happening upon this particular recipe a year or so ago, I was able to come closer than I ever have before.
It’s not grandma’s, but it’s very good. And really simple. And it involves just a handful of ingredients which are healthy and recognizable.
Here is the link for the basic bread: Homemade Bread Recipe
My version –
Also note: In the background is an experiment I tried. This is garlic, onion & cheese bread. It’s the same recipe, except after I let the dough rise the first time I split it into two pieces (to make two medium loaves). I sauteed a handful of onions and some minced garlic in a teeny bit of olive oil in a pan. Then I mixed this into one of the pieces of dough along with about a cup-full of grated cheddar cheese. After mixing/folding all this into the dough evenly, I left both pieces of dough to rise to about double their size again (about 30-45 minutes), and then used the baking time from the recipe.
*Note: When my bread is about 5 minutes from being totally done baking, I take it out quickly and swipe some melted butter on top, sprinkle on some garlic salt, then put it back in the oven for the remaining minutes. This gives it a hint of garlic-bread flavor on the outer crust which is AWESOME. Results! – One plain bread and one garlic/onion/cheese bread:
Totally worth it. Really good with butter. These particular loaves were also more healthy seeing as how I snuck in whole wheat flour for about half of the flour required. Good stuff.
Once you make these do yourself a favor and try keeping them wrapped in plastic wrap and then tinfoil so that they don’t dry out and harden crazy fast.
This is a great activity for the middle of a cold, cold season. Make some coffee or hot chocolate, get your hands moving kneading some dough, and warm up your home with old-school oven skills and the delicious smell of homemade bread baking! =)