Making Bread From Scratch With Organic Ingredients – An Easy Recipe.

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After I mentioned somewhere that we were making our own bread at home instead of buying it at the store, a reader emailed me and asked for the recipe we were using. So I figured that if one person was interested, maybe a few more might be as well! We make this bread with organic ingredients and without kneading or a bread maker, and it is pretty easy to make a few loaves at a time and freeze them until you need them.

While you can certainly buy “healthy” bread at the store, there is something about making it yourself and seeing the ingredients go in that is very satisfying. The basic recipe is one we found in Mother Earth News, and then I made a few small adjustments along the way. Take a look:

1 1/2 tablespoon granulated yeast
1 tablespoon salt
3/4 cup organic honey
6 tablespoons organic olive oil
1 1/2 cups 1% organic milk
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
6 2/3 cups whole wheat organic flour

These are the basic whole-wheat recipe ingredients, to which you can add spices, herbs, etc to your liking, and it makes enough dough for two 9x4x3 size baking pan loaves. And this is how you make the bread:

1. Mix yeast, honey, salt oil, milk and water in a bowl. I actually put all the ingredients right into the mixing bowl, already attached to the mixer.

2. Slowly mix the flour into this mixture. As I mentioned above, I use our KitchenAid mixer and a dough hook to mix the ingredients, but you can do it by hand with a spoon if you want.

3. Once the ingredients are nice and mixed, cover the bowl (I use a clean dish towel) and leave at room temperature for about 2-3 hours until the dough flattens out on top. Once that happens, it’s time to make bread!

4. Grease the baking pans with olive oil so the bread won’t stick to the sides and bottom. Using wet hands, scoop out 1/2 of the dough mixture, form it into a large ball, and drop it into one of the pans. Repeat with the other half of the dough still left. The pans should be more than 1/2 full with the wet dough.

5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and sprinkle some flour (or whatever you want – flax seed, etc.) on the top. Wait for oven to reach temperature.

6. Take your broiler pan out of your broiler, add 1 1/2 cups of water to it, and put it in your oven (not your broiler) on the bottom shelf.

7. Place the baking pans full of dough into the oven on the middle rack in the center of the oven.

8. Bake for 60 minutes (time will depend on how your oven cooks, ours takes the full 60). Once done, remove from the pans and let the bread cool on a cookie rack…OK, you can sneak a warm piece after a few minutes! Keep that one out to eat, wrapped in aluminum foil, and freeze the other one for later. For freezing I wrap in a small piece of plastic wrap followed by another layer of foil – it seems to keep the bread nice at least for a little while in the freezer.

That’s it! You can also make rolls or any other type of loaf with this same recipe, so be sure to experiment. Once you get the hang of it, making your own bread becomes quite fun…especially when you realize you are controlling the ingredients and you don’t have to buy from the store anymore.

Anyone else make their own bread? What do you make and how do you make it? Let us know in the comments, and if you try the recipe be sure to come back and tell us how it was for you!

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  1. You would write this the day I skip lunch.

    Something else I like about fresh baked breads… you’re not consuming the added preservatives used to increase the shelf life of most mass produced foods.

  2. It is sweet enough for us, but if you like real sweet bread you might want to add more honey to it. But I eat it as-is, without jelly or butter or anything, and I really like it.

  3. I like to make dark breads, espeically during the winter to eat w/ a bowl of soup – yum! I use a breadmaker and I’d be lost without it. I think I’m one of the few people on the planet who actually use the breadmaker they got as a wedding present! 🙂

  4. how sweet is the bread? I saw a similar no-knead recipe elsewhere that also called for what seemed to me to be a lot of honey.

    Thanks for posting this — avoiding the plastic bags that store-bought bread comes in has been an on-going struggle, but I’m too lazy to commit to “real” bread baking. I’ll definitely give this a try.

  5. actually, I prefer the less-sweet side of the spectrum, but I don’t know if reducing the honey would change the chemistry and adversely affect the dough.

  6. Thanks, David. I’ve been waiting for this post. 🙂
    I’ve been making a beer bread lately that’s great with soups, but I can’t wait to try yours. For the beer bread, I use:
    2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
    1/2 cup organic whole wheat flour
    3 T sugar
    Combine and add 1 12 oz bottle of beer. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes. Pour some melted butter on top and bake for 10 mins more.

  7. Why do you stick the bread in aluminum foil?Down here in belgium we use paperbags. Works perfectly. And if your bread lasts for longer than 4 days… you’re not eating enough bread. 😉

  8. We bake the bread at home from whole wheat spelt flour, and add sesame and pumpkin seeds. The recipe we use is fantastic – the bread is ready almost in one hour, and tastes delicious.

    Check the recipe and the photo at http://bit.ly/j2uW

    Also, I would not recommend to keep the bread in aluminum foil, because it’s not good for your health. We keep ours in a cotton cloth on kitchen shelf. It lasts even for a week and even more (I prefer older bread over fresh one 🙂 )

  9. For a good bread that’s easy and requires literally only a few seconds of kneading (I usually do it with the electric mixer’s dough hooks, at that) try Irish soda bread – buttermilk and soda provide leavening. There are countless variations, white and brown, with butter or without, and some with currants, caraway seeds, and all kinds of other additions, but this one has been my favorite for over a decade:
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/White-Soda-Bread-1907

    Still, though, I will never understand the seemingly common aversion to kneading bread. It’s so intensely satisfying.

  10. This looks delicious … I applaud your efforts to go all organic. A lot of people think it isn’t worth it, but we need people like you who believe in making organic the standard. Cheers!

  11. No kneading? I’m new to bread making. I searched for a healthy bread recipe and I planned to teach myself and my children. I don’t know why kneading is not part of the steps listed. I thought that was an important step. (Also, I don’t have a mixer which is referenced in the instructions. I had intended to do this by hand). Thank you.

  12. I have noticed that a lot of bread that you buy at the store now isn’t organic. I would love to have just organic bread for me and my family to eat. My friend suggested that I look for recipes and make my own bread. I thought that was a good idea. This recipe sounds great! I’m happy to hear you don’t need to use a bread maker to make it either! Thank you so much for sharing!

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