Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread

Maybe it’s due to all my bread fails in the past, but when I crack open the oven door and peak in at my golden loaf, I feel giddy. In the past, I avoided bread out of intimidation, but after binge watching episodes of The Great British Bakeoff I was encouraged to roll up my sleeves and give it another try.

 Homemade Bread

While other recipes can seem daunting, this simple white loaf is easy to follow and perfect for those who are new to baking bread! After a bit of patience, you will have a warm loaf of bread ready to be topped with honey butter and savored.

Homemade Bread

Looking for something a little sweeter? This basic bread recipe can be used to make cinnamon rolls!

Homemade Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Tbs yeast
  • 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 C warm water
  • 5 C flour
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs salt
  • 1.5 C warm water
  • 1/4 C oil

Directions:

  • Mix together the first three ingredients and set aside for 15 minutes until it doubles in size
  • Combine the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then slowly incorporate the water, oil and yeast mixture. Stir until well combined.
  • Cover the dough and set aside in a warm area for 30 minutes
  • Knead the dough for 3 minutes, cover, and set aside for 1-2 hours until the dough doubles in size
  • Knead the dough and separate evenly into the two greased loaf tins. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the over to 375 degrees
  • Place bread into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes

Nutella Brioche Swirls

Nutella Brioche Swirls!

Remember my mini baguettes post a few weeks ago? Well, Ian and I are still experimenting with baking bread at home and decided to challenge ourselves! I found a recipe for brioche on Pinterest, but it was measured out in grams. Instead of finding a different recipe or going to the store to pick up a kitchen scale, Ian decided to convert all of the measurements. Simple? No. He sat there working on calculations that included the density of each ingredient. At this point I should have known we were doomed.

Nutella Brioche Swirls!

Needless to say, our first batch of dough failed. I blame it on the recipe (the only logical explanation for it failing, right?!) But Ian and I are resilient bakers and we found a new brioche recipe and tried again. This time the dough turned out and we got to work on our Nutella swirls. I had a feeling we were setting ourselves up for disaster, but when I pulled the bread out of the oven I was pleasantly surprised! They didn’t look half bad! These definitely would make a fun treat to bake for brunch or to bring to a family gathering!

Nutella Brioche Swirls!

Nutella Brioche Swirls

  • Make the brioche dough by following this recipe
  • After the dough has chilled in the fridge overnight, divide the dough into four equal pieces
  • Work with one piece at a time, leaving the rest in the fridge
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of dough into a 16 x 8 inch rectangle
  • Spread evenly with Nutella and roll lengthwise into a log
  • Cut in half and place in the fridge to chill for 5 minutes
  • Take one piece out at a time and slice the dough, leaving 1/4 inch uncut at the top
  • Twirl the dough until you reach the end, then tuck the edges under the top of the braid, making a circle
  • Preheat the oven to 425˙
  • Place the brioche swirls on a non-stick baking sheet and brush with an egg wash
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes