Homemade bread is becoming a lost art. It takes some time to make but it the time spent is well worth it. Not only is it healthier but it tastes far better than store bought bread. We have tried multiple recipes and this one is by far the best we’ve tried, plus it’s not hard to make if you follow the directions.
The Best Bread Recipe
Makes 2 large loaves, 3 medium loaves
- 2 1/2 cups HOT water
- 1/3 cup Organic Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup Raw Organic Honey
- 1 TBSP salt
- 3/4 cup Organic Flour and about 5-7 cups of Organic Flour
- 1 1/2 TBSP yeast
- Spray oil
1. Whisk together in large bowl: Water, Coconut Oil, Honey, and salt. Tip: cup with oil first, empty it, and then fill it with the honey so it doesn’t stick to the cup.
2. Add: 3/4 cup flour and whisk for 30 seconds then yeast and whisk for 30 seconds more.
3. Add 2-3 cups of flour and mix together with a spoon. If using a mixer, add the rest of the flour. The total flour should amount to about 5-7 cups not including the flour used in step 2. Let the mixer knead the dough for about 5 minutes plus.
The dough should be soft but not really sticky.
4. Let dough rise in a clean, greased, covered bowl for about 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
5. When dough has risen, remove from oven and heat oven to 170 degrees.
6. Grease your bread pans and the counter with spray oil. Divide the dough.
7. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin into a long oblong shape. Roll it out until all air bubbles are gone.
8. Roll a tight cylinder, tuck the ends under or squish them and place it in a greased bread pan. Repeat with remaining dough.
9. Place loaves in warm oven (170 degrees) for about 30 minutes or until the dough has risen to fill the pan.
Turn the oven up to 350 degrees and cook for about 30 minutes. The bread is done when you hit the top and it sounds hollow. Don’t worry about time as much as this indicator. The bread isn’t done until you hear the hollow sound. If you are worried that the crust is getting too brown, you may cover it lightly with a piece of foil.
10. Turn out on a wire rack and let cool before cutting, I like to eat it while it’s still warm. It also heats nicely in a toaster for breakfast.
Note: You can use ½ white flour and ½ wheat flour. It takes slightly longer to raise and cook than plain white bread, but not that much. Try adding a bit more honey when using more wheat flour for good flavor.
The times listed for rising and baking are approximate. Weather, altitude, your oven, the moisture content of your flour, etc. can all affect how quickly your dough will rise and bake. Make sure that you check to see that the dough has at least doubled for the first rise, filled the pan for the second rise, and that you hear the hollow sound to know when it is done baking. All these indicators supersede any time estimates given.
Obviously you can use non organic ingredients and get similar results but by using organic ingredients your bread is healthier for you and your family. The bread does freeze well to thaw for later use. Also you can use the dough for scones if desired.