Baking bread has honestly been the most rewarding experience in my kitchen thus far. It may not seem like much to some, but I never imagined myself to even attempt to make my own bread. I always thought you needed a bread maker and it would take hours and hours of prep time.
Well, turns out, none of that is true. I’m seriously flabbergasted by how easy it was to bake my first loaf of bread. It only took about 15 minutes of prepping and 30 minutes of bake time. Although, keep in mind that it does take extra sitting time for the bread to rise.
For my first loaf, I wanted to try something basic. I made wheat bread and added sesame seeds, chia seeds and rolled oats on top to give it some extra flavor, texture and nutrition.
This bread is great for toast and sandwiches!
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 cups pastry flour (I got mine in the bulk section at Whole Foods. This is a more affordable option if you don’t want to buy a whole bag of flour that you may not use later).
- 2 cups all purpose flour (You may need more for dusting your surface).
- 1 tbsp fast acting yeast (I bought a 3-pack of this yeast at Whole Foods for $2. This is a great option if you want to save money and aren’t sure when the next time you’ll be making a recipe that uses yeast).
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract, maple syrup or agave
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- In a large mixing bowl, combine warm water with yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes for yeast to begin activating.
- Add the flour, flaxseed meal, salt and your sweetener of choice to the water and yeast. Begin stirring.
- The dough should be extremely sticky and thick. Stir until it literally hurts your arms to stir any longer.
- Sprinkle dough onto your work surface and scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto the well-floured surface.
- Knead and turn dough. If you are unfamiliar with kneading, here’s an excellent video that demonstrates how to do it in a simple way.
- Use a non-stick spray to oil your bread pan before placing your dough in it. If you don’t have a bread pan, you can use aluminum foil and just place your dough on a baking sheet instead.
- Cover the dough and let sit on counter for two hours. This will give the dough time to rise.
- After two hours, let the dough sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours. For best results, let the dough sit overnight in the refrigerator.
- Once it’s time to bake, preheat your oven to 350°. Sprinkle oats, chia seeds and sesame seeds on top of dough. Once the oven is hot, place dough on lowest rack for 30-40 minutes. Keep a careful eye on it and pull the bread out once it is golden brown and crispy on the outside.
- Let bread cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing. The middle of the bread might still be soft and doughy so you don’t want to cut the bread too soon.
- Enjoy! I toasted a couple slices of mine and put some homemade raspberry jam on it to taste it out- it was SO good.
Now that I have overcome this fear of baking bread, I want to try out different bread recipes and experiment more. I, personally, prefer sourdough and Italian breads over wheat bread so I’m going to try baking my first sourdough loaf sometime in the next couple weeks. Be on the lookout for that!
If you have any good bread recipes you think I should try out, please send them to me! You can leave a comment or email me at email@example.com.