When I first decided I wanted to make homemade bread it was a big challenge. I didn’t have a lot of kitchen skills back then, and I made a lot of really terrible loaves of bread.
I made loaves that were more like lumps of rock, loaves that were all squidgy and doughy in the middle, and loaves that were flat and pathetic. But every failed loaf of bread taught me something, and took me one step closer to a successful loaf.
These days I can make a loaf of plain, boring, homemade bread in my sleep, well almost.
I still have the occasional failure, bread can be fickle like that, but most of the time I turn out a nice crusty loaf of homemade bread, which my kids manage to devour in around 3 minutes. These days making homemade bread has become easy.
I learned a lot from my bread fails…
I learned that our little bread machine can not cook a loaf big enough for our family, so don’t even both trying.
But I also learned that using the bread machine to knead and rise the dough is not cheating, it’s genius!
I learned that getting a good second rise is essential and a warm oven, (turned off, with the door open) is the perfect place for it to happen when it is cold.
And I learned that my kids will eat even the most disastrous, barely edible, loaves of bread, so it doesn’t even matter if I fail.
This is the recipe I use to make a plain, boring, easy, loaf of homemade bread.
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
I know it seems like there is a lot of steps involved in making bread, but there isn’t actually all that much work. Most of the time it does it’s own thing, you just need to give it some attention now and then… it’s a lot like a child really!
Do you make bread?
Have you got a favourite, basic, homemade bread recipe?
Have you got any tips for baking the perfect loaf?