Easy Beginners Homemade Bread Recipe

A few weeks ago, tempted by the absolutely perfect temperature of the tap water at home, i bloomed some yeast and baked bread. Turned out to be the best i’ve ever baked. it was crusty from the outside and crumbly and soft on the inside. The house smelled heavenly and i lopped off a slice even before it cooled to have with some orange marmalade and tea…here’s the recipe. I used half maida / all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. feel free to use all all purpose flour if you want the bread more white.

Bread (Makes one large 9×5 loaf)

2 cups Maida/ all purpose flour

2 cups whole wheat flour (i used ITC’s ashirwad atta)

2 cups warm water

1 tablespoon dried instant yeast

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

in the warm water, dissolve the sugar and the yeast and leave it to bloom/ froth up for about 15 minutes.

Mix the flours together with the salt and set aside in a large deep bowl. Add the yeast- sugar-water mix to the flour and mix together with a wooden spoon till it becomes a shaggy mound of dough. knead it for a couple of minutes till it becomes a smooth large ball and add the oil and coat the dough with the oil.

transfer to a large deep bowl and cover with a damp clean kitchen cloth and keep aside for about an hour or two till it more than doubles in size. sprinkle about 2-3 tablespoons on dry flour on a clean surface such as the countertop. punch down the dough and knead it for a minute.

shape it into a loaf to fit the loaf pan. grease the loaf pan and place the dough into the pan. cover and let it rise for about 30 minutes. preheat the oven to about 375F. Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife.

Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or clean dishtowel. wait till it cools completely before slicing.

Enjoy with a liberal coating of butter and marmalade/ jam.

27 Comments Add yours

  1. Deepthi says:

    Hey Arundati! Tried the bread today and this is my first!! Absolutely love it!! Thanks for the great recipe. Love your bloc!!

  2. Swathi says:

    Can we make bread in pressure cooker?

    1. arundati says:

      there are recipes exclusively for pressure cooker (steamed) bread, i havent tried any tho… this recipe would not work for a pressure cooking method… am sure a search will throw up a few options

  3. Suma says:

    This is fantastic!! Have not baked bread successfully in my 2 attempts, will definitely try this out..

  4. Thats the bread for me… i m scared of baking bread… this shud help

  5. Apu says:

    Great looking loaf!!

    1. arundati says:

      thank you apu!

  6. Swapna says:

    that looks great.. I am inspired… now I hope i get the time to make some for myself…. thanks for sharing

    1. arundati says:

      D is back? hows the little babe doing? find time….if you can stay out of the kitchen while it bakes, it will be worth it!

  7. sharoo says:

    The bread looks perfect & simple…surely i am going to try this and let you know.

    1. arundati says:

      thanks sharoo…. am sure you will find it very easy

  8. RedChillies says:

    I have been meaining to bake a bread for ever. this is a good one to try.
    I was under the impression that the dough needs to be kneaded for a long time? So just couple of minutes is good enough?

    1. arundati says:

      I know bread is intimidating and all that… the dough needs to be moist enough and oiled well…i just kneaded it for a couple of minutes and made sure it rose well…the rest was taken care of by the yeast… it had a nice cake like texture… since i used whole wheat flour too

  9. nikita says:

    looks amazing! perfect bread!

    1. arundati says:

      thank you nikita πŸ™‚

  10. Sundar says:

    Great simple recipe. Question: How would you go about using the same (similiar) technique to make sour-dough bread? Thanks!

    1. arundati says:

      hi sundar, never tried sourdough…that’s next on my list of possible conquests

  11. A&N says:

    Love the pictures. So bright. Thanks to Hyd sunlight eh? πŸ˜‰

    1. arundati says:

      thanks A&N, hyd sunlight is a misnomer right now… scorcher is more like it!

  12. Asha says:

    Slurp! Love the texture, great looking bread for the beginner. Good job.

    1. arundati says:

      thanks asha!! you are the master baker… loved your khaara buns!

  13. Rupa says:

    Killer recipe…will try it soon…..

    1. arundati says:

      πŸ™‚ do try and let me know how it turned out!

  14. Kalpana says:

    Hey Arundati,

    The bread looks YUMMY and you have made the recipe sounds so easy and simple… im all set to bake it today πŸ™‚

    1. arundati says:

      thanks kalpana, do not fear… i took a while till i turned out my picture worthy loaf…do tell me how it turned out

  15. Divya Vikram says:

    Looks perfectly baked πŸ™‚

    1. arundati says:

      thank you!

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