How To Make The Best Bread?

by Nata
Homemade bread

Last Updated on October 4, 2020 by Cookie

One of the sacred and saint foods of all time is the dough for the best bread. Bread is one of the main ingredients when it comes to serving a nice and delicious dish.

If you want to make a homemade bread that tastes and looks fancy with minimum effort, then this recipe will help you.
This delicious, warm, soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside bread is mouthwatering. Nothing is more sacred than making dough at home and baking it in the simple oven. The aroma and the texture of the freshest bread are compared to nothing. I always liked the smell of fresh bread, I consider it one of the most wonderful flavors that can exist. It is a blessing in your home when you make the bread by yourself and all your family simply enjoys it with anything.
homemade breadWhen I was a child, I fondly remember my grandmother baking bread often. I think my addiction to the leavened dough and homemade bread comes from my grandmother. It is like a symbol for what we call home, meaning the place that always gives us the feeling of belonging, security, and comfort.
Well, making dough at home wasn’t always my comfort zone. I was afraid of making it as I thought that it is too complicated and that it won’t taste like authentic bread. However, when I have dared to try some easy recipes with lots of seeds or different add-ins I get convinced that my awarenesses were in vain. Since I have tried for the first time my family simply gets mad about the taste and texture. So I never again buy bread.

Ingredients:

Homemade bread
Making the dough is simple as it sounds, but you have to be calm, peaceful, and rested. The dough feels your energy so it will be great when you are simply in your mood zen. The ingredients are also essential, but the steps are primordial to get soft, fluffy, and delicious bread. Make sure not to exceed with flour, the bread can come out hard. Add a little butter or oil so, during the shaping, the dough will not stick to the table and hands. Use extra flour only at the last step when shaping the bread. The ingredients list below will help you to organize the work:
White whole-wheat flour 2 cups *plus extra flour for dusting
Whole-grain flour ⅓ cup
Fresh yeast ½ tbsp
Sugar 1 ½ tbsp
Water 1 cup (7 oz)
Oil 2 tbsp (1 oz)
Salt 1 tsp
Sunflower seeds 4 tbsp
Flax seeds 4 tbsp

How to make basic bread dough?

Homemade breadToday I will share with you, step by step, the easy homemade bread recipe that can be baked in any home oven. Although the whole process requires patience, the kneading and shaping dough is easier than you can imagine. It does not require special techniques or equipment but it is not bad if you have at hand a stand mixer.
Before we will start I highly recommend you weighing the ingredients because this is the only way your recipes will succeed. Tips with “measuring ingredients to taste or to eye” may be related to meals recipes, but in bakery and pastry accuracy is required.
In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixing bowl) mix with a silicone/wooden spatula the following ingredients, just until all flour is wet: white whole-wheat flour, whole-grain flour, sugar, fresh yeast (crushed), oil, and water. Cover bowl with a piece of plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes. This process is called autolyze and will make your bread with better texture, rise, and flavor.
Homemade breadIn 20 minutes, add remaining ingredients (salt and seeds) and start mixing the dough. If you are using a stand mixer, then use a dough hook attachment. At medium speed mix the douth for about 10-15 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Kneading by hand will take you a little bit more time. From the beginning, the dough may seem to be sticky. Do not add extra flour, just continue kneading until it becomes elastic. Once you get lovely elastic and smooth bread dough, transfer it in a greased with oil bowl for resting and rising for about 1 – 1 ½ hours. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
When the elapsed time and your dough doubled in volume, transfer it to a lightly floured working surface start forming a shape. Flour your hands (or grease with oil) and gently shape the dough into a ball.
Now place the bread ball in the center of parchment folded floured a little. Sprinkle the top with extra flour. Transfer the dough (with parchment paper) in a large bowl and let rise covered at room temp for about 40 minutes.
Homemade bread

How to bake the best homemade bread?

Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 475˚F.
This bread can be baked either in a cast iron pot or dutch oven with a lid. Baking in these kinds of pots creates a beautiful crust and allow the dough to rise more fully. Place the empty pot and its lid inside the oven. Once preheated, carefully transfer the parchment folder with bread dough into your hot pot. Close the lid well and send it to bake for 15 minutes at 475˚F. Then open the oven, remove the lid, lower the temperature to 400˚F and bake for 15-20 minutes more, until the golden-brown crust. Lift the bread out of the cast iron pot and cool on a wire rack until room temperature before slicing. That’s it!
Homemade breadA fresh slice of warm and soft bread served with a soup, or topped with some butter and jam is sometimes all you need. No restaurant dish will beat this homemade delicious bread savored with anything.
Also, making dough at home is the easiest way of making a flavorful pizza, calzone, or some bakeries. The recipe of today simply looks amazing, healthy, and delicious. I am writing about it and my mouth is watering as I know how tasty it is.
Homemade breadHomemade bread is an art and has its secrets, which we invite you to discover by trying this recipe.

Homemade bread

How To Make The Best Bread?

Nata
One of the sacred and saint foods of all time is the dough for the best bread. Bread is one of the main ingredients when it comes to serving a nice and delicious dish.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine World
Servings 1 bread
Calories 1707 kcal

Equipment

  • stand mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup whole-grain flour
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 4 tbsp sunflower seeds

Instructions
 

  • Weigh the ingredients.
  • In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixing bowl) mix with a silicone/wooden spatula the following ingredients, just until all flour is wet: white whole-wheat flour, whole-grain flour, sugar, fresh yeast (crushed), oil, and water. Cover bowl with a piece of plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  • In 20 minutes, add remaining ingredients (salt and seeds) and start mixing the dough. Mix the douth, at medium speed, for about 10-15 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Once you get lovely elastic and smooth bread dough, transfer it in a greased with oil bowl for resting and rising for about 1 - 1 ½ hours.
  • When the elapsed time and your dough doubled in volume, transfer it to a lightly floured working surface start forming a shape. Flour your hands (or grease with oil) and gently shape the dough into a ball. Now place the bread ball in the center of parchment folded floured a little. Sprinkle the top with extra flour. Transfer the dough (with parchment paper) in a large bowl and let rise covered at room temp for about 40 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven at 475˚F.
  • Place the empty cast iron pot and its lid inside the oven. Once preheated, carefully transfer the parchment folder with bread dough into your hot pot. Close the lid well and send it to bake for 15 minutes at 475˚F. Then open the oven, remove the lid, lower the temperature to 400˚F and bake for 15-20 minutes more, until the golden-brown crust. Lift the bread out of the cast iron pot and cool on a wire rack until room temperature before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 1707kcalCarbohydrates: 236gProtein: 54gFat: 71gSaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 2356mgPotassium: 1037mgFiber: 43gSugar: 20gCalcium: 307mgIron: 12mg
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