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Classic Homemade Bread

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There’s something truly magical about the smell of homemade bread wafting through the house. It’s like a warm hug from an old friend, a comfort that wraps around you and makes everything feel just right. Baking bread at home is not just about the end product; it’s about the journey—the mixing, kneading, and waiting—that leads to that first delicious bite.

A Timeless Tradition

For generations, families have gathered in the kitchen to mix flour, water, yeast, and salt into dough. This simple mixture, with a little time and love, transforms into a golden loaf that’s both a staple of sustenance and a centerpiece for gathering. Homemade bread ties us to our past, to the hands of our ancestors who kneaded dough in much the same way we do now.

The Senses Come Alive

When you bake bread at home, all your senses come alive. You feel the soft flour between your fingers and the resistance of the dough as you knead it. The sound of the crust cracking fresh out of the oven is music to the ears. And then there’s the taste—oh, the taste!—of warm bread, so simple yet so complex, that no store-bought loaf can match.

More Than Just Food

But homemade bread is more than just food. It’s a symbol of love and care. When you take the time to bake bread, you’re saying that you value the nourishment and happiness of those you share it with. It’s often the centerpiece of family dinners, where everyone breaks bread together, sharing stories and creating memories.

The Joy of Sharing

One of the best things about homemade bread is sharing it. Whether it’s a basket of rolls at a community event or a loaf gifted to a neighbor, it’s a way of connecting with others. There’s joy in watching someone’s face light up as they enjoy a slice of bread you made from scratch.

Patience and Reward

Baking bread requires patience. You can’t rush the process. The dough rises on its own time, teaching us that some things can’t be hurried. But the reward for this patience is immense—a beautiful, crusty loaf that’s both a work of art and a comforting presence on your dining table.

In conclusion, homemade bread is more than just a treat for the taste buds. It’s a labor of love that comforts the soul, brings people together, and reminds us of the simple pleasures in life. So next time you’re feeling down or disconnected, consider baking a loaf of bread. You might just find that its warmth and comfort are exactly what you needed.

Classic Homemade Bread | This Old Baker

Classic Homemade Bread

There’s something truly special about the warm, inviting aroma of bread baking in the oven that fills a home with comfort. Each slice of homemade bread is like a cozy hug for your taste buds, wrapped in the love and care put into every batch.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course baking
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves


  • 2 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons oil I used olive oil


  • In a stand mixer add the warm water, sugar, salt and yeast. Let the yeast proof until it bubbles for about 5 minutes. Using the dough hook start adding the flour one cup at a time until the dough combines and forms a soft dough.
  • On a floured surface knead the dough until smooth and elastic and form a ball. Add the oil to the large bowl and add the dough to the bowl and cover. Let rise until it has doubled 1- 1 1/2 hours.
  • Grease and flour 2 9×5 inch pans. Punch the dough to release the air. Lay the dough onto a flat surface and cut into two loaves. Roll each loaf up and place into the loaf pans. Let rise until it doubles another 1-1 1/2 hours.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on the tops. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
Keyword baking, bread
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