You are probably buying your bread from a market as most people, but did you know that most store-bought breads are loaded with toxic additives which can harm your health? A much healthier option is to make your own homemade bread, instead of buying it. In this way, you’ll not only have a much tastier bread, but you’ll know it’s free from chemical additives.
In this post, you’ll learn how to prepare not one, but four tasty and healthy breads right there in your kitchen. Once you try them, you’ll never want to buy another bread ever again.
Homemade Yeast Bread Recipes
Saf-instant yeast is a great choice when making these breads as it doesn’t require proofing.
1. Basic Sandwich Bread
- 4 cups of bread flour
- 1 1/3 cups of water
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup of melted butter
- 1 ½ tsp. of sea salt
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. of instant yeast/bread machine yeast (as an alternative use 2 teaspoons active dry yeast)
Use a mixer or a bread machine to mix the ingredients until you get a homogenous mixture. If you mix them by hand, add the flour gradually while mixing the other ingredients.
Once the dough is stiff, mix once again for 5-10 minutes. Then, cover it and let it rise until it doubles its size, which should take around 20 minutes. After that, divide the dough into the number of loaves or buns you like.
Place the divided dough into a greased baking pan. You can also cover the pan with a baking paper. Bake the loaves for around 30 minutes at 350 degrees, and the buns for 15 minutes at the same temperature.
2. Basic Sourdough Bread
- 3 1/3 cups of flour
- 2 1/3 cups of fresh sourdough starter
- 1 ½ cup water
- A bit of tablespoon salt
Mix everything, except the water. Knead to get a dough thin enough to let the light pass through when stretched between 4 fingers. After shaping the dough into a loaf, let it rise until it has doubled its size. Knead it once again and reshape it. Put the dough into a baking pan, and bake for 30 to 60 minutes at 400 F.
3. Potato Bread Recipe
- 7 oz of mashed potatoes
- 1 ½ teaspoon saf – instant yeast or 2 tsp. of dry yeast
- 2 ½ tbsp. of honey or sugar
- 2 tbsp. of softened butter
- 3 ½ cups of bread flour
- 1 tsp. of salt
Mix the ingredients in a kitchen machine for 6 to 8 minutes, except the flour. You should add it gradually while mixing. If you mix by hand, add the flour at the very end when you have a nice mixture from the rest of the ingredients.
Expect a little bit stickier dough. Let it rise for around 20 minutes, and punch down the dough before leaving it to rise once again. Bake for around 40 minutes at 375 F.
4. French Bread Recipe
- 1 tbsp. of bread machine yeast or Saf-instant yeast
- 3 ½ cups of bread flour
- 1 ¼ cup of warm water
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- 1 tbsp. of sugar
Ingredients for the Glaze
- ½ tsp. of salt
- 2 tbsp. of water
Mix the yeast, salt, and sugar and dissolve them in water. Gradually add the flour to get a firm dough. Allow it to rise for 20 minutes, and then punch down before leaving the dough to rise until it has doubled its size.
Grease a pan, and place the dough allowing it to rise once again. Mix the two ingredients for the glaze, and use the solution to brush the loaf before putting it to bake for around 20 minutes at 400 F.
Note: You’ll get one loaf from this recipe.