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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!