Homemade Bread

It is good to be back!
After taking a few years’ hiatus, I am happy to be writing on my blog again, back giving delicious recipes and ways to help save money on your grocery bills! In this post, I will share my recipe for Homemade Bread. However, do not just assume this post is just about bread. Since 2019 our family has grown and changed and moved.
Since my last post, days after Levi was born, we have had another baby, and a house move.
We are now a family of 6 and needless to say, the last 3-4 years has been busy.
Elliana was born in 2019, she is a spitfire of a redhead, just like her biggest brother Sam. Is there anything more amazing than seeing the love of your life holding the final piece to your family!? This moment was pure epic.

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Published December 17, 2020
Updated February 26, 2022
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Monica and Elliana playing ice cream

Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2.
We also rescued a cat, Ethel, who has become great friends with Lucy pup.
Yes, our pets are Lucy and Ethel. Great, right?! However, Ethel cat is quite like Matthew and does not like to be touched.

Ethel cat laying down

I know 2020 has been a lot, like, A LOT for everyone… 
Just celebrating our 1-year move-aversary, the boys changing schools, Elliana did not sleep through the night till around 14 months, I have had some serious health issues, and then COVID-19… this year has been challenging. As I write this, all three boys are home from school awaiting their COVID-19 results.
At least the rapid strep was negative and I will take that win.
However, Homemade Bread is waiting!

Homemade Bread on wood cutting board

Why Homemade Bread?

Bread. Delicious bread.  Can I just say how thankful I am to not be Celiac; and how sorry I am to those who are!? If you are Celiac, or gluten intolerant, or even sensitive to foods, I am right there with you feeling your pain. Literally. Within the last year I had allergy tests and found out I am allergic to: Almond, Strawberry, Apple, Orange, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Plum, Lime, Lemon, Kiwi, Carrot, Celery, Birch pollen, Oak Pollen, Dust Mites, and Lactose Intolerant.

So basically, being able to keep eating gluten was a relief. However, I do have to limit my fat intake. And tomatoes because of their acidity, spicy foods, alcohol, and chocolate. I’m exhausted y’all. 
Ok… No more ranting… Bread! Oh gloriously warm fresh bread!
Is there anything more wonderful?

With having 4 kids, we decided to really have a go at saving money on our food bill. Making our own food homemade has always been the way to go! I can really have control with ingredients and knowing what our kids are putting into their bodies really is a great way to keep them healthy.
However, I found that making bread is not easy. It can be messy, difficult, many fails, and a lot of practice. But this bread recipe I have is moist, delicious, and does not dry out or become crumbly too fast. 

The second reason to make bread, is that Homemade bread is just by far superior to the average store-bought bread. It has more flavor and less of an “airy” texture. Homemade bread can be eaten still warm from the oven. It is less expensive. I could literally keep listing reasons our family loves Homemade Bread.

Homemade Bread Cost

I buy a large block of yeast and then keep it in my fridge in an air-tight container. A 4oz glass container of yeast is $5.99 compared to a 2-pound container that costs $5.99. As I need yeast, I take the container out and measure how much is needed for that specific recipe. This saves so much money in the long run because it breaks the cost of yeast down to pennies a recipe. The last time I had to buy this was November 2019.

In addition to bulk yeast, I also buy a twenty-five-pound bag of flour that I typically use up in a month. My unbleached flour costs me a little over $9 at Woodman’s. When I need to go there, I typically stock up on my bulky items like flour, yeast, dog food, cat food and other toiletries. Investing in an air-tight container that holds up to thirty pounds can then help the flour to stay fresh. I know buying these items in bulk is not for everyone, but it is perfect for our family. Below are the costs for these items on Amazon.

1 Pack or 2 1/4 tsp Yeast $0.07
1/4 Cup Sugar $0.07
2 Tbsp oil $0.06
1 Tbsp salt $0.01
5 1/2-6 1/2 Cups Flour $0.90

The total cost to make two loaves of homemade bread with this recipe is $1.11.

Homemade Bread Recipe

Additional items for this recipe:

A mixer with a dough hook
KitchenAid mixer
Large bowl
Non-stick spray
Two bread loaf pans, I use 4″ X 8″                
Plastic wrap
Measuring spoons
Wet and Dry Measuring Cups

White KitchenAid mixer

Ingredients

1 Pack or 2 1/4 tsp Yeast 
2 1/4 Cup Warm Water
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp salt
5 1/2-6 1/2 Cups Flour

Homemade Bread Ingredients on countertop

Homemade Bread Directions

  1. In the mixer bowl, dissolve the 2 1/4 teaspoon Yeast with a pinch of Sugar and the 2 1/4 cup warm water and then stir well.

2. Wait for the mixture to be bubbly, about 5 minutes. This step is important, so the loaf can rise and not be a flat loaf. Trust me, let the mixture get bubbly! If your yeast does not activate, dump it and try again. Like I said before, bread can be tricky.

Homemade Bread yeast mixture bubbly

3. Add the 2 Tablespoons Oil, 1 Tablespoon Salt, 1/4 Cup Sugar and 4 1/2 cups of flour into the KitchenAid bowl.

4. Lock the mixer and then turn it on to slowly mix liquids into the flour. I love my KitchenAid mixer! It sure makes short work of making bread dough. Then mix until smooth, about two more minutes. 

mixing dough for Homemade Bread in KitchenAid mixer

 5. Add the remaining Flour in 1/2 Cup increments until it forms a soft dough. 

add last flour amount mix Homemade Bread

 **Optional to replace 1/2 Flour with 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats for a more hearty loaf**
***Also, I like to use 1/4-1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, but I am currently out.***

add Old Fashioned Oats if desired

                                               Does this happen to anyone else or just me? 👇
               Leave me a message if you have any tricks and tips for keeping the flour IN the bowl!

flour dusting on countertop spilled from Mixer bowl

6. Check the dough to make sure it is not overly sticky by poking it with a finger. If it sticks, add a bit more flour, then continue mixing, and recheck. A perfect bread dough should not stick to your fingers!

still sticky Homemade Bread dough on hand

7. Unplug the mixer before removing the dough from the hook and bowl, and then place dough onto a clean, slightly floured countertop. 

8. Knead the dough ball for five to seven minutes by pushing the heel of your hand into the dough, pushing it away and pulling it towards you in gentle motions. This helps to activate the gluten. Kneading also helps the dough become soft and fluffy.

9. Spray the inside of the large bowl with non-stick spray and then place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap and then set a timer for one hour. 

plastic wrap covered bowl with Homemade Bread dough resting one hour

10. After an hour the dough will have doubled in size. Next, gently punch the risen dough down, remove it all from the bowl and then place onto a clean counter. Divide the dough into two equal parts, leaving one on the countertop and place the second back into the bowl. 

half Homemade Bread dough on countertop

11. With the half on the counter, flatten it to a rectangle about twelve by six inches, then roll up one long end tightly to the other long end so it forms a long roll, and tuck each end in. 

12. Take the dough roll and then place into an oiled bread pan and cover with plastic wrap. Repeat with the second half of dough. Let the two pans with dough rise for one more hour.

two Homemade bread dough formed in baking pan covered in plastic wrap

13. Set the oven temperature to 375 degrees and then remove the plastic wrap from both bread pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. 

preheat oven to 375 degrees before baking bread

14. When the timer goes off, remove the pans from the oven while letting the loafs cool in their pans.

Homemade Bread rising in oven

My guys love this bread! Tonight, for instance, we are eating it with open-faced tuna sandwiches. 
Enjoy making bread!
~Monica

baked bread resting on wood cutting board

Homemade Bread Recipe

Ingredients

1 Pack or 2 1/4 tsp Yeast 
2 1/4 Cup Warm Water
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Salt
2 Tbsp Oil
5 1/2-6 1/2 Cups Flour

Directions for Homemade Bread

1. In the mixer bowl, dissolve the 2 1/4 teaspoon Yeast with a pinch of Sugar and the 2 1/4 Cup warm water and then stir well.
2. Wait for the mixture to be bubbly, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the 2 Tablespoons Oil, 1 Tablespoon Salt, 1/4 Cup Sugar and 4 1/2 cups of flour. 
4. Lock the mixer and then turn it on to slowly mix liquids into the flour. Then mix until smooth, about two more minutes. 
 5. Add the remaining Flour in 1/2 Cup increments until it forms a soft dough. 
6. Check the dough to make sure it is not overly sticky by poking it with a finger. If it sticks, add a bit more flour, then continue mixing, and recheck.
7. Unplug the mixer before removing the dough from the hook and bowl, and then place dough onto a clean, slightly floured countertop. 
8. Knead the dough ball for five to seven minutes by pushing the heel of your hand into the dough, then push it away and pull it towards you in gentle motions.
9. Spray the inside of the large bowl with non-stick spray and then place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap and then set a timer for one hour. 10. After an hour the dough will have doubled in size. Next, gently punch the risen dough down, remove it all from the bowl and then place onto a clean counter. Divide the dough into two equal parts, leaving on half on the counter and take one and place it back into the bowl. 
11. With the half on the counter, flatten it to a rectangle about twelve by six inches, then roll up one long end tightly to the other long end so it forms a long roll, and tuck each end in. 
12. Take the dough roll and then place into an oiled bread pan and cover with plastic wrap. Repeat with the second half of dough. Let the two pans with dough rise for one more hour.
13. Set the oven temperature to 375 degrees and then remove the plastic wrap from both bread pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. 
14. When the timer goes off, remove the pans from the oven while letting the loafs cool in their pans.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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