Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

bread makingThis recipe for homemade bread can be done completely by hand so very little equipment is needed and that also makes it a great recipe to try with kids.  They will love the kneading of the dough and making individual bread rolls, but you can also make a loaf using this recipe.

You will need:

(We doubled up this recipe as I have 4 kids who all wanted their own bowl to mix and so we made both rolls and a loaf)

500g/ 1lb of strong white bread flour

25g/ 1oz butter

1 tsp salt

1 sachet of fast action yeast (7g sachet)

300ml/ 10floz warm water

2 tsp sugar (this gives a thicker crust and changes the flavour, but is optional.  We didn’t include the sugar and it still tasted great)

The How:

  • Mix together the flour and salt (and sugar if you are using) in a large bowl

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  • Rub in the butter

Siblings rainy day activity

  • Stir in the water and mix it together to make a soft dough.  You will need to get hands in there at this point to ensure that it all comes together
  • Once you have a ball of dough you you need to knead it for about 10 – 15 minutes.  You can use your electric mixer with the dough hook for this if you prefer, but if you are baking with kids then I would let them go crazy here.
  • Put it in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave somewhere warm and dark for 1hr to prove (I put it in the boiler cupboard)
  • Remove from the cupboard. It should have doubled in size. Knock back the dough – this is basically knocking the air out of the dough. My kids love doing this bit…
  • Shape into rolls or into a loaf.  You can use a loaf tin and grease it before putting the dough in or just create a round shape

bread rolls

  • Once you have your rolls or loaf shaped then cover with a damp, clean tea towel and leave in a dark, warm place for 1hr to prove again
  • Uncover and bake in an oven preheated to 200 degrees C.  It will take approximately 25-30 minutes (rolls will be quicker)
  • When you take it out and tap the bottom it should sound hollow – if not it isn’t ready

baking bread

  • EAT IT!!
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6 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

  1. We certainly get lots of rainy days and it siunds a great udea to bake bread on one. Do you know if the recipe works with dairy free spread instead if butter?
    1. I haven’t tried it but I can’t see why not as you could do it with margarine which would be a similar texture. The butter content is fairly low so I suspect it would be fine
  2. I just want to dip this into some hot soup! You make it look so easy! #dreamteam
    1. You might be able to next week when the temp drops back down
  3. Mmmm yum! That looks so tasty and easy to make too. We have a bread maker, but I have never made any by hand before with the little one. Easy is good, and I may just have to roll up my sleeves for this. Thanks for joining us for the #DreamTeam xx
    1. It is messy but definitely fun and they can’t ruin it by bashing really so it’s great for toddlers

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