Adventures in making homemade bread- 5 Mistakes to avoid- A Beginners Guide

This is my first time making homemade bread. I am by no means a baker. I grew up thinking if it didn’t come in a box, you couldn’t make it at home. That’s horrible I know, thanks, mom. Just Kidding.

This is why in this series of becoming more self-sufficient at home, I decided to take on bread making. The reason for this is that the older I get the more I am becoming aware of things that you can do at home. Like starting an urban homestead. Follow along in our journey of starting our own garden. I find being more self-sufficient at home can be done FOR A LOT CHEAPER!

Calm down, Michele!

Saving money by making homemade bread

Sorry, I just get super excited about saving money. It can’t get any cheaper than bread. A simple bread could is made with 4 ingredients: water, flour, salt, and yeast. That’s a basic ingredient list for simple bread. Why did I not do this before?

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I may have been intimidated because bread making is an art form. It looks so easy but could be easily ruined if you overthink it or making in complicated. and don’t get me started on the smell. OK, fine I’ll rant for a little bit about it. Anyone who doesn’t like the smell of fresh bread, drop them quick… Don t trust them. You don’t need that type of negativity in your life. Walking through a grocery store and smelling the fresh bread just influences us to buy a loaf.

I know bread is a carb and carbs are bad. Bad carb (smacks bread) Sorry bread I didn’t mean it. I honestly don’t care what people say bread is good. I don’t think I could stop eating bread. However, let us get on with the mistakes I made when making bread.

Inspiration for homemade bread

Quick shout out to Jennifer from thecraftpatchblog.com for her bread recipe that is super simple and that I clearly did not follow correctly. I shouldn’t have jumped the gun and think I could change up the recipe on my first time trying it. Should have just followed the recipe to a T. Lesson learned. Here are the instructions from Jennifer’s blog.


Homemade Bread Mistake #1 Always do you research

The first thing I did was prep my ingredients. Since I wanted a jalapeno cheese bread. I diced up jalapenos as small as I could and kept a few out as garnish for the top. I then added my sugar and yeast on opposite sides of the bowl and added my warm water.

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After mixing the water, sugar, and yeast. I left it there for 10 minutes to do its business. I don’t know if I was supposed to mix these together it didn’t say in the directions so I just left it there. That could have been mistake #1. I should have read another recipe to see if I was supposed to. While that was working, I started mixing together the dry ingredients.


Homemade Bread Mistake #2 have all of your ingredients

This is where I made mistake #2 I did not have vegetable oil. I asked Mike when I told him my plan for making homemade bread. He advised we did have it, so I didn’t buy it. However, we didn’t. So I looked up if you could use butter instead of vegetable oil. Google said you could if you use the same amount melted. This recipe called for 1/4 cup of oil. I took a big old heap of butter melted it then poured it into a 1/4 cup. Google said I could so I did. Of course, I ended up melting more than I needed.

Right now in the bowl, I have 1/4 cup of butter, salt, 2.5 cups of flour, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, and pepper jack cheese. After mixing thoroughly I checked on the yeast mix. Looking like a tan foam paint and smelling like stale beer. It is done doing its thing.

I slowly poured the yeast mix into the dry mix. Mixed well and covered with plastic wrap.


Homemade Bread Mistake #3 it’s all in the proof

I don’t remember where I got this tip, but if you don’t have a warm place to let the bread rise to put it in the oven. Turn the oven on to heat up to 100 degrees but don’t let it fully heat up, just for about a minute and turn it off. Put the bread in and leave it closed for the proofing time which was 1.5 hours. This brings me to mistake #3 I only let it proof an hour. Sorry, I didn’t get a picture of how much it proofed. But the pot was full.

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Mistake #4 Choose your liner well

This is Mistake #4 I “rolled” it into a loaf shape and put it in the pan which I lined with aluminum foil, which I buttered because I didn’t have vegetable oil or cooking spray. I don’t think foil was really called for. However, I got lazy and didn’t want to wash a pan after. A better option would have been parchment paper.

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Mistake #5 Proof Proof Proof

Mistake #5 Making homemade bread, you must read the directions. Jennifer’s directions CLEARLY state to let it rise again for another 20 mins. I did not look at the directions at this point. Thinking I knew what to do, clearly, I did not. I let the bread bake for about 45 minutes, even though the recipe said 30. I did, however, spin it in the oven at the 15-minute mark.

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Even though I made mistakes while making this bread. It still looks pretty good and tastes good. However, it is not at big as I wanted it and kinda heavy. All in all, still delicious and proud of myself. I definitely learned a lot for my first time. What I find funny is that I didn’t notice these mistakes until writing this post. I will be definitely making bread again. Maybe try out a sourdough. If I do I will be following Alice over at Alice’s Kitchen and her ultimate guide to sourdough bread.

That’s it, guys. I learned my lesson and you guys are only going to see me get better each time. Let me know some tips you have a new baker. I need all the help I can get LOL

Until Next Time, Have a Good Day!

Our Redonkulous Life, Michele, Blogging

71 Replies to “Adventures in making homemade bread- 5 Mistakes to avoid- A Beginners Guide”

  1. OH this is really cool ! I have always wanted to make my own bread and didn’t know where to start so now I know!

    1. I didnt know where to start either. I thought it was going to hard and complicated. Its not though. I just made it that way. Lol. Im gonna try again on Friday and make. YouTube video.

  2. This is quite helpful! I know my husband has talked about being able to make our own bread so I will show him this post.

    1. Thank you I appreciate it. I think I am going to try again on Friday and make a YouTube video.

      1. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on how to bake bread!

  3. Neil Alvin Nicerio says: Reply

    Great article Michele. I would try making bread at home using your tips. 🙂

    1. Let me know how it goes. Im gonna try again on Friday.

  4. Thanks for the step-by-step guide on how to make home-made bread. Not something I have tired as yet, but this helps.

  5. I always wanted to make bread. Is it better to just use a stove or should you a bread maker?

    1. I have not used a bread maker. I used my oven. Ill have to try the bread maker and get back with you.

  6. I absolutely love baking! This looks like a great recipe to try. My favorite things to bake are bread and pies.

    1. Me too. I just always hated that it was from a box. I made an apple crumble pie for Thanksgiving and my family loved it. That’s why I decided to start baking from scratch, plus the kids could help me.

  7. I’m not a fan of bread but this recipe helps!

    1. That’s cool, to each there own. If you ever decide to make bread you now know what not to do. 🙂

  8. Kendall Delayne | Fueled by Caffeine and Cuss Words says: Reply

    I have been wanting to make my own bread, but have always been so intimidated by it because growing up I never had a family member that did. After reading this, I feel as though I should give it a shot! Thank you!

    1. Yeah my family didnt make it either. My mom used to make perogies and calzones, but no bread. Im trying it again tomorrow.

  9. I am bread eater. I need it everyday. When stores are closed, it’s a problem for me. I have to try this homemade bread.

    1. Hahaha. I love bread too. I definitely had fun making it. I will try again today and follow the recipe to a T. Lol

  10. Making my own bread has never really crossed my mind, I’d give it a try and avoid these mistakes now that I know

    1. Yeah do as i say not as I do… Lol Im going to redeem myself later today.

  11. This bread looks totally yum and easy to made I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a cool idea to bake your own bread. I would definitely try this out.

  13. I have never tried homemade bread. You have explained beautifully step by step how to make homemade bread. Thanks

    1. Thank you so much for the comment.

  14. Fun and catchy blog and tagline! Great step by step instructions on baking bread…which I hate doing, but need to start doing! (Gluten-free breads are not very good).

    1. Thank you. I try and make all my blogs sound like im talking to an old friend or people just talking having a conversation. Really thank you for thinking I’m funny!

  15. I always make the mistake of thinking I have everything I need for a recipe. Good to know that is worked out and still tasted yummy.

  16. I am going to have to try this asap! This looks amazing!

    1. I redeemed myself tonight with just a plan white bread. It was so delicious! Let me know how your bread turns out!

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  18. oh thank you will try when baking

  19. Samantha Flores says: Reply

    Great tips! The first time I tried making bread was a fiasco haha.. I haven’t tried since, but now I’m eager to try again!
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    I buy pre-made dough and finish it off in the oven. One of these days I’ll make it from scratch… delicious.

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