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Homemade Bread Recipe

January 23, 2014

Make Homemade Bread on this cold winter day!

When my grandma made bread, she would heave it up in the air and slam it down on her big, solid oak table. BAM! It would pound down, and she would toss and knead the bread until certain that every last air bubble was gone. For her, baking bread was a very physical act. She’s been gone for many years now, but when I smell bread baking, I can see her clearly in my memory pounding and kneading her bread dough.

In our busy, multitasking lives, it might seem like unless you’re a retired grandma there’s no time to make homemade bread. But there are some recipes out there that are simple, don’t take a lot of time and taste delicious—not to mention fill your home with that amazing aroma of baking bread.

For me, the biggest challenge has been the time it takes for the bread to rise—although that time does give me a window to do other meal-related tasks and prep. I found a recipe that speeds up the process a little bit and that my family loves. Here it is:

Quick Bread

Makes 1 loaf

4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (two packets)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 cups water

3 1/2 cups bread flour, divided (I use a portion whole wheat flour)

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Into a large bowl put the yeast, sugar, and water, and let it sit for 3 minutes.

Heat the oven to 450°F. Put a Dutch oven or large baking dish in the oven to warm as the oven heats.

Add 3 cups of the flour, the salt and the vinegar and mix, stir and fold until combined. Add the last 1/2 cup of flour and knead for five minutes or until the dough becomes elastic. (It will still be wet but not gooey.) The dough will clear the sides of the bowl but still stick to the bottom.

Lightly grease a microwave-safe bowl with vegetable oil and transfer the bread dough to it, rolling it in the oil. Cover the bowl with a very wet towel. Cover the whole thing with a dry towel and put in the microwave. Microwave on high for 25 seconds. Let the dough rest in the microwave for about five minutes. then microwave on HIGH for another 25 seconds and remove.

Let rest and rise for another 15 minutes.

Shape into a ball and plop into the preheated pan. Quickly slash the top with a knife. Cover and bake for about 25-30 minutes, then remove the cover and bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

If your schedule is just too crazy to make bread from scratch, you can also order a take and bake bread when you input your Twin Cities grocery delivery order. Try our popular French Bakery Baguette or Ciabatta Rolls.

On the weekend or a less-hectic-than-usual night, you may want to give homemade bread a try. Include the ingredients when you’re buying your Minnesota groceries and give it a try. Serve it hot with some melted butter, maybe a little honey … Mmmmm, it may become a regular treat for your family.

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