Healthy Eating: Homemade Bread

Easy homemade bread recipe

While I try my hardest to cook from scratch and educate the kids about healthy eating and nutrition, sometimes life just happens and we turn to convenience meals.

We have been quite busy recently, resulting in having a few too many of those convenience meals! The moods have been volatile and I’ve been feeling a bit ‘blah’, if you know what I mean.

So I am now on a mission to start us all eating well again! One of my first steps towards healthy eating: mastering homemade bread! It has been quite a journey but I have been using a great recipe that’s worked for me, so I’d love to share it with you!

Here are two great reasons to bake your own bread:

You’ll know what’s in it

Making your own bread, means cutting out the supermarket bread filled with sugar, preservatives, numbers, and God-knows-what-else! Do you know how many ingredients it takes to make a basic homemade bread? Four! Yes: FOUR! Flour, yeast, water and salt. Have you read the ingredient list of any store bought breads recently?

Homemade bread is satiating

Don’t be afraid that you’ll be baking all day, every day, to supply enough bread for your family. Homemade bread is much more filling than its supermarket alternatives! Not only does it have healthier ingredients, it takes much less volume of it to fill you. Win-win!

It might take you a couple of weeks to figure out how many loaves work for your family, but it will be totally worth it in the end!

My homemade bread journey

I made my first ever bread a month ago and it was quite a learning curve!

It was not the most basic, four ingredients recipe, but a more fancy one from my auntie. It was tasty, but turned out too flat for my liking! Next, I tried a white bread recipe, which looked more like bread should, but was very dense! Nonetheless my kids polished off both those loaves and loved them! The fact the kids were loving the homemade breads (even though they weren’t perfect) was what kept me going and trying to master this skill.

That’s why today I come to you with this recipe that has been working really well for me! Four ingredients and a little bit of melted butter – so simple, yet so tasty!

Enjoy!

=> Read my recipe for Gluten Free Sourdough Bread (not as simple as this one, but hubby is coeliac so I had to master a GF bread as well!)

Basic White Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

1 hour

MEAL PLANNING, RECIPES

Homemade Bread

Basic white bread recipe – the easiest homemade bread recipe!

Ingredients

  • 500g baker’s flour (you can also just use plain flour)
  • 3 tsp instant dried yeast (14g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 375 ml lukewarm water
  • butter (melted, for brushing)

Instructions

  1. Place the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl – I use my large steel mixing bowl. Mix the dry ingredients with a whisk to combine. Make a well in the centre and add the water (make sure the water isn’t too hot or it will kill the yeast – you can test it on your wrist like a baby bottle).
  2. Bring the dough together in the bowl using the whisk at first and then your hands.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it’s smooth and elastic (about 8-10 minutes). Add tiny amounts of flour if needed, but the longer you knead the dough, the less sticky it will be.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball. Brush a large bowl with the melted butter to grease. Place the dough into the bowl and turn it around to coat it with the butter. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel (or you can use glad wrap) and then place it in a warm, draught-free place to proof until it doubles in size – about 60 minutes.
  5. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down in the centre with your fist. Turn it onto a lightly floured surface and knead again for a couple of minutes – until it’s once again smooth, elastic and back to its original size. Grease a baking tray with the melted butter. Shape the dough into a loaf, place on the baking tray and brush lightly with the melted butter. Stand it once again in a warm, draught-free place, this time for about 40 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 200’C.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  8. Immediately turn the loaf onto a wire rack to cool.
  9. Enjoy!
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Note: Never waste homemade bread! Eat it fresh when first baked, then toasted for a couple of days. Once it goes stale you can make breadcrumbs out of it and use them for cooking!

Let me know if you make this bread and how it turned out for you! I hope your family loves it as much as we do!!

Love,
Ania

How to bake a bread (easy bread recipe)- The Sane Mum. This homemade bread recipe only uses FOUR ingredients! We've been loving it!

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