The Best Homemade Bread Recipe

The best homemade bread recipe - so easy and SO good!

If there’s one thing I know, it’s bread. I’ve been addicted to bread as long as I can remember. Right or wrong, I judge restaurants on the bread they serve. A great loaf of bread leaves a lasting first impression and keeps me coming back for more. Every now and then, I like to treat myself by making my favorite homemade bread recipe – it’s so easy and requires little hands on time. I often eat it with softened salted butter or make a dip with olive oil, salt and pepper, but it’s also great for a homemade grilled cheese. Any way you slice it, you’re going to love this foolproof bread recipe.

Easy bread recipe - it's so easy and incredibly good

Making your own bread is so much easier than you think – no breadmaker necessary! If you have a KitchenAid mixer, you can even make it do all of the work. Otherwise, you can knead the dough into a ball with your very own hands.

Easy homemade bread recipe - learn how to make bread in minutes

Just allow 1 hour to cover the dough and put it to bed while it rises. I love using my flour sack towels when allowing dough to rise. And if you have a little extra time, my friend KariAnne suggests you punch it down and let it rise again.

Easy bread recipe - homemade bread in minutes

Brush the dough ball with olive oil, top with your favorite herbs and bake!

Easy homemade bread recipe - learn how to make bread in minutes

Enjoy!

The best bread recipe - easy homemade bread. Crusty outside, soft on the inside.

The Best Homemade Bread Recipe
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 3¼ c flour
  • 1 package instant yeast
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1¼ c milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • optional:
  • olive oil, salt and rosemary to top bread
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 1½ c flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm milk enough to melt the butter, but not to a boil so that it doesn't kill the yeast. Mix into flour mixture and add remaining flour until smooth.
  4. Using a dough hook {or your hands} knead dough for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Lightly coat baking dish or cocotte with olive oil. Place dough ball in cocotte and cover with a light towel. Place in oven for 1 hour, turning the heat off.
  6. Remove and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Punch dough down, create a new ball and brush with olive oil, sea salt and sprinkle rosemary on.
  7. Bake 35 minutes.
Foolproof homemade bread recipe - so easy and SO good!

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I can’t wait to hear what you think! Are you a bread lover as well?

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