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How To Make Bread (without a bread machine)


by drinkmorecoffee on June 19, 2007 Table of Contents How To Make Bread (without a bread machine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: How To Make Bread (without a bread machine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 1: What you'll need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 2: Make the sponge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 3: Add some flour and knead it . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 4: Let it rise... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 5: Into the pans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 6: Into the oven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 7: Eat! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 2 3 3 5 5 6 6 6 7

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Intro: How To Make Bread (without a bread machine)


This is an easy, basic recipe for bread that does not require much skill. There are many ways to make bread and this is one of them (and in my opinion, a very simple way). Remember, bread making is not an exact science.

Step 1: What you'll need


You will need: Yeast - 2 Tbsp Hot-ish* water - 2 cups Bread flour - 5 cups total, 2 for the sponge and 3 for later. (NOT regular flour) Sugar - 2 Tbsp. Salt - 2 tsp. Oil - 2 Tbsp. 3 loaf pans Quick-read thermometer Oven pre-heated to 375

*Hot-ish means between 95 and 115 degrees F. much colder and it won't activate, much warmer and it will kill the little guys.

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Step 2: Make the sponge


This recipe uses what I call a "sponge." The sponge will activate the yeast and get things started; getting the yeast warm, happy, and ready to go Start by mixing the hot water and the flour. Then, add 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. oil, 2 Tbsp. yeast, and 2 tsp. salt. Let this sit for about 8 or 10 minutes. Assuming your water was hot enough, it should be nice and bubbly.

Image Notes 1. Yum!

Image Notes 1. Bubbles 2. Bubbles 3. Bubbles 4. Bubbles 5. Bubbles 6. BUBBLES!

Step 3: Add some flour and knead it


Now you need to add about 3 more cups of flour. I added a little less this time, it really depends on the humidity and how exact your measurements were in the sponge step. Once it gets too tough to stir, flip it onto a clean floured surface. Now, knead away, adding flour as you do so. Knead the dough for 8 or 9 minutes. As my Mother says, it should be the texture of your earlobe when it's done kneading. When you finish this part put it back in the bowl and cover it with a slightly damp towel.

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Image Notes 1. Use this part of your hand, try not to poke holes with your fingers...

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Step 4: Let it rise...


let the dough rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes to an hour. the dough should be about doubled in size by the time it's finished.

Image Notes 1. This sat for about an hour

Step 5: Into the pans


Punch the dough down (Yes, punch it. Beat the heck out of it. Just don't make a mess), then divide it into 3 parts. Spray the pans and put the dough in. Let it rise again in the pans (covered) until it looks like the second picture.

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Step 6: Into the oven


Preheat your oven to 375 F and put the loaves in. Bake them for about 25 minutes. Your quick read thermometer should read between 180 and 190 degrees. Pull the loaves out and place them on their sides on a rack, after a few seconds slide them out of the pans and onto the rack. Let them cool.

Step 7: Eat!
Eat it! Share it! etc.! You can do a lot with this recipe... ...You can add nuts, roll it out and add cinnamon and raisins for cinnamon-swirl bread, add your favorite spices, etc. Add sweet potatoes, chunks of cheese, pieces of ham, or whatever suites you. Be creative! It's your recipe to experiment with and make your own, have fun with it!

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BUBBA RAY says:


just got done fixin er up cant wait to try it

Mar 13, 2011. 8:41 PM REPLY

kburke-1 says:
I've used this recipe like 10 times in the last 2 years...I always search for this exact step by step one. It's awesome!

Mar 6, 2011. 12:28 PM REPLY

samanthachels says:

Nov 11, 2008. 4:25 PM REPLY My girls really beat the dough and added all the flour, it looked really bad but it did rise. My problem is after I cooked it it was half the size it should have been. It looked sad but tasted GREAT. so what did i do wrong? sam

chiara12321 says:
u probably didnt let it rise the second time or u didnt cover the rising dough.

Mar 1, 2011. 11:40 PM REPLY

chiara12321 says:
maybe u put in too much dough or didnt wait long enough? I might be wrong!

Mar 1, 2011. 11:11 PM REPLY

bec9112001 says:
probable let it rise too much the first time

Jul 14, 2010. 6:11 PM REPLY

chiara12321 says:
your answer could be right too.

Mar 1, 2011. 11:11 PM REPLY

SandeeCH says:

Apr 13, 2010. 4:21 PM REPLY SandeeCH says: You need to let it rise in the pans until it doubles in size. This second rising should take less time, because there is more yeast in the dough.

chiara12321 says:
but how many minutes do u mean by "less time".

Mar 1, 2011. 11:38 PM REPLY

kagera says:

Feb 13, 2010. 5:37 AM REPLY best way to rise the dough, is it put it in your oven, with a Pyrex container filled with boiling water. It gives it the perfect temp and humidity.

I just put my tea kettle on before i start kneading.

aradiakali says:
great tip!

May 6, 2010. 8:24 PM REPLY

chiara12321 says:
haha

Mar 1, 2011. 11:22 PM REPLY

bananite says:

Dec 17, 2008. 3:38 PM REPLY Ah, I forgot the "in a warm place" part and let it sit in the cold kitchen for 45 minutes (its winter here...). It didn't rise at all. However, I just stuck it in the oven (warmed to 100-115 degF) for another hour, and it was fine. Great recipe!

chiara12321 says:
well, if thats the case then EVERYBODY SKIP THE WARM PLACE PART!

Mar 1, 2011. 11:21 PM REPLY

LOL

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chiara12321 says:
i havent tried the recipe yet, but i dont know if i should. . . nvm!

Mar 1, 2011. 11:07 PM REPLY

serjinio says:
Thank you very much for this recipe,it's very useful,i bake this type of bread each week by following your instruction.

Jan 31, 2011. 2:47 AM REPLY

jeaismyname says:
Thanks for this, it would help me in my bonding session with my friends.. ;)

Jan 9, 2011. 12:25 AM REPLY

skandi says:
Just made it with wheat flour- it turned out great!!! Thanks a ton for posting this.

Nov 29, 2010. 1:21 PM REPLY

skandi says:

Nov 29, 2010. 11:32 AM REPLY Am at this step right now and am using Indian wheat flour (not sure if it's the same as bread flour).. so, hopefully, it'll work out fine.

skandi says:

Nov 29, 2010. 11:30 AM REPLY Is wheat flour the same as bread flour? I don't think that the one I have at home is whole wheat (It's used for making Indian breads.. so not sure what it's referred to as).

nfarrow says:
So how hot should the water be?

Jun 25, 2010. 4:43 PM REPLY

skandi says:

Nov 29, 2010. 10:29 AM REPLY Luke warm water - which should feel like barely warm. The optimum temperature for yeast to grow is 37 degrees Celsius (body temperature). If you are unable to touch the water for a prolonged period of time, the water temperature is ~ 55 deg. C (too hot!!!!!!!!).

automatron says:

Nov 24, 2010. 9:17 PM REPLY I just made this tonight and im using it for rolls for my first thanksgiving as hostess. I loved how easy this was to make and wow it was soooo fluffy! thank you for sharing this great recipe.

Javin007 says:
Where does one get "bread flour?" What are some brand names? I've only ever seen regular flour at the stores.

Jan 5, 2010. 9:17 AM REPLY

zexy says:

Nov 22, 2010. 5:25 PM REPLY It should say "bread flour" or maybe something like "for baking bread" and also look for "unbleached". Bleached flour can work to but it will turn out different and you may not get as much rise out of the dough. "Bread flour" usually has a higher gluten content which is a good thing for bread baking.

fibronana says:
Look for the yellow bag....

Jun 23, 2010. 2:58 PM REPLY

Phoghat says:
Mega marts every where the same companies that make regular flour also make bread flour.

Jun 20, 2010. 11:10 AM REPLY

owlett says:

Jul 9, 2008. 6:53 AM REPLY It was delicious! I had one with sultanas a plain one and one round one with poppy seeds on the top- they all got eaten within 48hours! Mmm- definitely gonna do it again soon...

hcold says:
I can think of something else I'd rather do with poppy seeds.

Sep 6, 2008. 7:48 PM REPLY

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kelson12345 says:
nice one:)

Nov 22, 2010. 5:59 AM REPLY

kelson12345 says:

Nov 22, 2010. 5:58 AM REPLY this is the best bread i have had EVER i would like to do it a lot more i have made about 36 loaves so far and they have all been so good

saw2313 says:
what kind of size cups do you use

Oct 27, 2010. 6:58 AM REPLY

olliejpndude says:
Great bread, just made a batch and it turned out great I made the bread in batches cuz I only own one pan and it still worked fine Just let the other dough rise for that time and then use it later Again, great recipe

Oct 23, 2010. 2:45 PM REPLY

ieatlotsbutidontgetfat! says:
Poor old Chopper Read, hows he gonna make this one!

Oct 22, 2010. 2:28 AM REPLY

rheam84 says:

Sep 6, 2010. 8:38 PM REPLY I made this bread today. I followed the recipe exactly and my bread turned out fabulous. My fiance is asking for more. It came out moist and soft. Next time I will experiment with raisins and cinnamon. May 30, 2010. 8:20 PM REPLY If you're having problem with the water temperature, what I did was put the faucet on the hottest it can go. By the time you add all the ingredients and add the yeast the water will have cooled down to the right temperature. Also the bread is delicious.

skyshiro says:

merchison says:

Jun 20, 2010. 1:09 PM REPLY If the hot water from your tap comes by way of copper pipes, there could be dissolved copper in it. Not healthy. When I make bread, I am usually having a hot drink anyway so I use hot water from the kettle. If it is too hot, I add cold water from the refrigerator.

Volgrrr says:

Jun 29, 2010. 9:09 PM REPLY Copper pipe is used in most residential buildings to convey water but, judging by your comment, I can only assume your house does not have copper pipes installed. So what do you recommend the rest of us 'copper piper's' do - put our kettles outside, cross our fingers and hope it will rain soon? Jun 20, 2010. 6:08 PM REPLY Don't be afraid of copper. Filtered water is a joke, I hate it when people blame their poor quality of life on their environment around them, yet fail to realise that they live a unhealthy lifestyle. Jun 20, 2010. 2:09 PM REPLY It's my understanding that the issue with hot water coming through the tap is lead contamination, not copper. In fact, odds are if the hot water comes through copper pipe so does the cold water. But yeah, if you live in an old house it wouldn't hurt to heat the water in a kettle.

moebuspcgold says:

drinkmorecoffee says:

drinkmorecoffee says:

Jun 17, 2010. 11:26 AM REPLY This only works if your hot water isn't coming out of the faucet at 180 F (like mine, 9 months out of the year!). But yes, good rule of thumb.

robertandrews says:

Jun 26, 2010. 1:17 PM REPLY OMG. Just completed the guide and am now munching on my spoils. WOW. First bread ice ever made. Tastes great. Best bread I've ever tasted, in fact, because I made it. Mucho thanks for these instructions! I might've liked my loaves to rise a bit more, but only one problem with this guide - the bread tastes SO good, it may be all gone when my girlfriend cones home! :)

legless says:

Jun 23, 2010. 1:11 PM REPLY Oh who can actually wait until fresh bread cools? Not me. I love it warm and steaming with a little marg and some vegemite. The crustier the better.

speedhump says:

Jun 21, 2010. 7:28 AM REPLY I can usually find a choice of working breadmakers at my nearest Salvation Army Thrift Shop. They are usually priced at @ $15.00. My Rival works great!

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archerj says:
For gluten-free recipes, including bread, go to http://www.csaceliacs.org --great site.

Jun 20, 2010. 11:48 AM REPLY

navidon1 says:
it helped me in doing my science homework. thanks.........

Jun 20, 2010. 3:51 AM REPLY

birdsarethewords says:

Jun 12, 2010. 4:15 PM REPLY I just wanted to let you know that I used this recipe to make bread for the first time in my life back in 2008. It turned out wonderfully, and I was astounded at my ability to actually make bread. I taught two friends how to do it using your directions, and have been using it ever since. I still come back to this page each time, though I guess it might be worth printing out at this point so I can just reference a hard copy and keep flour off the keyboard. Thanks!

drinkmorecoffee says:
Awesome!

Jun 17, 2010. 11:25 AM REPLY

ceafin says:
Mad props for making bread without a bread machine ! Maybe I'm weird, but to me using machines is cheating! Nice simple recipe too :)

May 28, 2010. 12:06 AM REPLY

brainmaster4u says:
well guys i have taken a print out it tastes well good as the hotel bread

May 19, 2010. 5:47 PM REPLY

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