12 New Things – Homemade Bread! (See it come out of the oven!)

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Interesting, eh?

Kneading like a champ!

So, how did it turn out…

Standard Homemade Bread Recipe (from the Homestead Blessings DVD)

Ingredients (makes two loaves):

2 1/2 cups warm water

4-5 cups whole wheat flour

2 tsp salt

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup honey

1 Tbs of yeast

Directions:

Add water, flour, salt, oil, and honey – mix together. Mix in the yeast. Mix in the rest of the flour one cup at a time, until you have a nice dough (not too sticky, not too “floury”). Knead (punch and roll around that bread for about 5-10 minutes) and let rise for 1 1/2 hours in a warm place (ideal temp is 80 degrees). Punch down, separate into two sections, and put into greased loaf pans. Use a fork to poke several holes into the dough. Let rise again for about an hour and then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

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40 Coffee Talks on “12 New Things – Homemade Bread! (See it come out of the oven!)”

  1. becca banana says:

    Hilarious! I'm so glad it worked out well. Your kids will love a taste when they wake up. :)

    I've felt the most industrious when making my own pie & pie crust from scratch and any time I plug in the sewing machine. Yeehaw!!!

  2. Simplegirl says:

    How exciting, I love bread and baking sound like so much fun. I'll have to go over this several time so I can get it right. Thank you Sarah.
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  3. Traci says:

    You are so stinkin cute! Love this idea! Thanks. I'll totally try it. Did you hands hurt after kneading? :-)
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    • Sarah Mae says:

      Traci – no, kneading was easy, I only did it for about two minutes! Haha!

  4. Bethany says:

    I'm so glad it was a success! What's the best way to store your bread? Foil? Plastic bag? On the counter? In the fridge?

    • Sarah Mae says:

      I put it in a big zip lock bag in the fridge…but I have no idea!

  5. Jasmine says:

    Sarah, way to go. I'm so proud of you. I'm inspired. ;-)

  6. Traci says:

    LOL! Okay, THAT I can do! :-)
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  7. Sarah Mae, you are so cute! Loved the videos. I am a new follower, wanted to stop by and say hey. You really had us all holding our breath there in the last video to find out how the bread tasted! LOL

    Alicia
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  8. Evelien says:

    I would love to try out making bread!

    But as I live in a dorm and we don't have an oven, that might be a bit difficult :)
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  9. Congrats on your first loaf of bread!

    After reading your comments on here, I think the reason that your bread did not rise as much as the West Ladies is because it needs to be kneaded for more time. Most recipes I have ever made say 5-10 minutes and the more you knead it the more it will release the gluten which causes the bread to rise more.

    I love making their bread. The cinnamon rolls rock as well!

    Blessings to you my friend!

    Jennifer
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  10. Rachel says:

    You make me smile, friend!! I've gotta try that recipe!! Yum!
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  11. Amanda says:

    Ha you are so great! I was hoping Jessie would make an apperance for us but maybe next time lol! I miss you and seeing this video makes me miss you even more! Lets get together soon!
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  12. Annie says:

    There is nothing like fresh bread!! I love the Homestead Blessings DVDs…they are so great!

    I think maybe you have a little mistake in your recipe…you have more water than flour listed.

  13. Yama says:

    Awesome! Glad your first loaves turned out for you. LOVE homemade bread!! I need to get back into making it myself!

    I've done it off and on for several years now. Gooooood stuff.

    Yes, you're supposed to pop it out of the pan right out of the oven and let it cool. There's nothing wrong with enjoying a piece as soon as it's out of the oven lol

    Once you pop it out of the oven, if you thump the bottom of the loaf, it's supposed to sound hallow if it's done. Don't ask me to expand on that, though, because I've never had a loaf that wasn't done when it was supposed to be, so I don't know what it sounds like if it needs more time LOL

    Don't worry too much about loaves not rising as much as they "should". Mine sometimes don't either. Like you said, it's the taste that matters!

    I've been trying to master homemade sourdough bread (with sourdough I've started myself) … no real success yet though. And my sourdough starter died, so I need to start that again. Waiting for this last heat wave (upper 90s next 2 days, then back down to more average temps of low 80s/upper 70s) to be over and I'll start my starter again.

    Many blessings!!
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  14. Yama says:

    OH and as for storing? A Ziploc bag is fine … in the fridge, on the counter … where ever you normally keep bread for that loaf you're gonna be eating off.

    Homemade bread freezes just fine as well. I wrap ours in aluminum foil and freeze it until I need it (I have seen others just put it in a Ziploc baggy and freeze it like that too). It's never in there longer than a week, so I don't know how long it'll keep there but I know it's fine for a week. When I make bread, I do 4 loaves at a time and freeze 2 or 3.
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  15. Marcy says:

    You are so cute! :) Thanks for sharing that yummy looking bread!
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  16. Great job Sarah Mae!! Loved the videos and yes, you made me hungry! Your bread looked very scrumptious! I really must try that one of these days. First, I should just use my bread machine though. Fresh bread is so yummy. Thanks for doing this! Hugs!
    Lisa @ Stop and Smel´s last [type] ..12 New Things 12 Books In 12 Months
    Lisa @ Stop and Smel´s last [type] ..12 New Things 12 Books In 12 Months

  17. I enjoyed this youtube and seeing your sweet face – SO fun!!! And I'm loving the link ups! Thanks!

    Love ya,

    Courtney
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  18. Beth says:

    Oh yum! I think I could smell that bread! Yum! I love whole wheat bread! I have never made my own bread — congrats to you!!!

    Loved your videos. <3
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  19. Crystal says:

    I've tried a few recipes of homemade bread but I haven;t found one that I love! I'll have to try this one! Oh and mine rarely rise very well! Here's something you might want to try, let the dough rise the first time then roll out flat. Spread butter, about 1/4 c sugar, a few TBS cinnamon and raisins (optional), then roll. and tuck the ends under and place in your bread pan. Then let them rise again, and bake. Yummy cinnamon bread!
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  20. Sarah says:

    I am doing this challenge, but I'm starting my first one for September. So, see ya next month. Oh, and I'm saving this recipe for my homemade bread challenge in January!
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  21. Mandy says:

    Yay for you!! :) How exciting! And yes, you are just precious to watch! hee hee I'm not on the list for 12 new things, but I will be stalking your 12 things for sure!! ;)
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  22. Mrs Little says:

    You are the cutest thing ever!! I do use a bread maker for making my bread – but only the dough part. I then take it out and bake it in the over after letting it rise one more time. I love making fresh bread that way!!!

    Did you know you can bake cakes in your bread machine? Great way to have a fresh on the days it is too hot to bake!

    I am late getting to the 12 Things Party but I am readying my list and will post it soon!!

    Thanks for the great idea!
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  23. Heathahlee says:

    Oh, my goodness! That looks so good! You have me wanting to try to do this! I lurve homemade bread, and slathering it fresh out of the oven with butter is one of the great pleasures of life! : )
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  24. Christie says:

    Yay! Fresh cooked bread is seriously the yummiest!! :) I linked up in the wrong place last night… I blame it on mommy-brain and being up past my bedtime. :D
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  25. Karina says:

    Way to go! Looks yummy.

    I just thought that you should know: you sharing your vision for bettering your homemaking skills for not only your self but encouraging others to do it as a community is brilliantly helpful. God is blessing this endeavor.

    I have found many things I have been encouraged to try like biscuits on one site that didn't turn out like bricks on another site! And yummy homemade bread like you've tried. It is encouraging and grace filled, because seeing that other women are trying something new or trying to get better at something old doesn't induce guilt it induces grace instead and encouragement to keep on trying when we see each other's accomplishments instead of focusing on what we haven't done or learned yet thinking it is just us!
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  26. Jamie says:

    If only we could smell through the Internet…loved it! Thanks for sharing via video!!!
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  27. Laura Will says:

    Hahaha, you crack me up, girl! You are so cute : ). I would be excited about homemade bread, too. I LOVE homemade bread! I think I need to try your recipe out. Have a blessed weekend with your family!
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  28. Love the bread recipe (even though I'm going to be trying it again…tomorrow!…to get it right). This is such a fun idea. Let's see what I forget to do next month…LOL
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  29. Heather says:

    AWESOME!! I'm so happy you started this! Excited to try some bread now too!

    Hugs & Prayers, HL
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  30. Org Junkie says:

    Too funny, I just blogged on my last Menu Plan Monday about how I wanted to learn how to bake bread without a bread machine. You have inspired me, thank you!!

    Laura

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  32. You're so cute I can't stand it! Great video!! :) Can't wait to try your recipe.
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  35. So, went to follow your recipe today but noticed something a little wonky {it could just be, I tend to be wonky sometimes}. But the flour ratios…How much do I put in with the salt, oil, honey, and how much do I reserve for adding in later? This may be a no brainer, but I've never made bread before…
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    • Sarah Mae says:

      Ashely – I think I put one or two cups in with the warm water, mixed that, and then added everything else.

  36. Brandy says:

    I am making this right now! It's at it's first rise, so we will see how it turns out! :-)
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  37. Brandy says:

    It turned out AWESOME!! :-D Come see!

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