How to make Healthy Homemade Bread

June 4, 2013
How to make Homemade Bread

Tuesday Tip today is about making awesome healthy homemade bread!  A while back I was talking to a friend about making bread and she told me about how she uses her bread machine to make the dough, then does the rest on her own.  I had NEVER thought about that before.  We had a bread machine, but NEVER used it.  Ever.  We decided to find a recipe try it out and see how it all worked.

If you don’t have a bread machine, I’ve included directions for you too!  So  don’t go away just yet!  You can try this even if you don’t have a dough maker.  🙂

Over time we’ve tweaked our recipe to make it our own.  We’ve even gotten to grinding up different grains in our Blendtec to add to the bread and it’s been so fun (sometimes we have white, wheat, corn, oat and rice flour all in the bread before, it’s awesome).

If you don’t have a bread machine, you can do it by hand still.  The bread machine is great because it mixes it, and kneads it and tells you when it’s done.  We actually love to put in the ingredients before we go to bed, set the delay timer on it, and the dough is ready in the morning, we plop it in the pan, let it rise, throw it in the oven, and it’s done by the time kids wake up.  We can have fresh bread for breakfast, and sandwiches for lunch with it (if there is enough left over after breakfast, lol).

How to make Homemade Bread
Grab your ingredients and then put them in your bread machine as per the manufacturers directions.  When you get to the yeast, you’ll need to make sure you make a little indention in the flour for the yeast to rest in.
How to make Homemade Bread
How to make Homemade Bread
Once the dough is done in the timer, you make it into a loaf and put it in a greased pan.  Let it rise for 30 ish minutes (we put ours in the oven) in a warm place.  
How to make Homemade Bread
Then you get to bake it for 20 and you’ll have wonderful homemade bread.
How to make Homemade Bread
Simplistically Sassy Bread Recipe:
Ingredient List

1 tsp Salt
3 TBSP Ground Flax Seed (optional)
2 TBSP Honey (we have started using Honey Powder, that works great too)
3 TBSP Oil
1 Cup + 2 TBSP Water*
1 cup White Flour
2 cups Wheat Flour
2 tsp Flour enhance (this will help the bread rise and stay fluffy.  Sometimes the  wheat flour can make it a heavy bread.  You can find it at a grocery store)
2 tsp Yeast

What to do:
-Add all ingredients into bread machine in the above order (or order specified by your bread machine manufacturer).**
-Set the machine to the dough setting and let it go.  Our dough setting is 1 1/2 hours long.  Again, this mixes it, let’s it rise and kneads it.
-When your timer goes off on the machine, turn your oven on to 350 degrees.
-Take dough from machine when it’s done, and form it into a loaf shape.
-Put the dough into a sprayed bread pan.
-Put the bread in the oven to rise again for about 30 minutes.  Having the oven on for that minute or so, allows the oven to heat up slightly, and make it a warm cozy place for the bread to rise.
-When that 30 minutes is up, turn the oven back on to 350 degrees, and bake bread for 20-25 minutes.
-Take your bread out of the oven when the timer goes off, and enjoy the smell that is going crazy in your house.  🙂

*If you’re going to let things sit overnight in the bread machine, then your water can be whatever temperature.  If you’re making it on the spot, then you’ll need to have warm water to allow the yeast to warm up with that.

**If you don’t have a bread machine, you can add your (hot) water, honey and yeast in a bowl.  Let the yeast get all bubbly (about 10 minutes).  Add in oil, and slowly add your dry ingredients (pre-mix those together in a separate bowl).  Mix together until dough is pulling away from the bowl.  Grease a bowl, and place dough in the bowl.  Allow to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes to 1 hour (until doubled).  Continue with above directions after bread machine finishes it’s cycle.

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13 thoughts on “How to make Healthy Homemade Bread

  1. Jenny

    If you have a bread maker, why wouldn’t you let it cook in the bread maker? Is there an advantage to cooking it in the oven instead?

    1. Kara @ Simplistically Sassy

      We like to make sandwiches and toast and grilled cheese with it. When bread cooks in the bread machine, it bakes into a crazy shaped loaf. By just doing the dough in the bread maker, we can use a bread pan and get a “normal” shaped loaf, which is just easier to manage and eat.

  2. Jenny

    oh, interesting. I guess it must just depend on the bread maker. My mom has one that she has started using a lot in the last couple of years and it makes bread in a perfect loaf. But yeah, the perfection of the loaf is part of the appeal. I can see why you would take an extra step for that if you aren’t getting it with your machine.

  3. Robin Buster

    I’ve never been very good a making bread – even with a bread maker. I’m going to use your tips the next time I attempt to make bread. Thank you so much for coming by and partying with us!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

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