Lately, I have been on a bread making journey. Why? Who knows! Just kidding! I have always wanted to make homemade bread, but was too intimidated to even try it.
Turns out it’s not hard at all. With the right tools and an easy recipe, anyone can make this recipe. And who know that I would be where I am today making bread for only a year.
How it began
Here in Utah we have a store called Orson Gygi which is a dream store for anyone that enjoys baking, cooking, barbecuing, and everything in between.
I was in the store talking to Heather the owner one day and mentioned how I wanted to make homemade bread. She gave me this recipe which she got from her mother-in-law.
She told me how easy it was and that I would for sure be able to make this.
When I was younger, my mom would always make homemade bread. She would pull out her wheat grinder and grind her wheat. While I loved being able to cut into a warm loaf of bread, slather it with butter and honey, the mess of the grinder did me in (thankfully new wheat grinders make it not as messy).
I loved the idea of making bread, but all that clean up wasn’t going to be fun at all.
Turns out, I don’t need to grind
Last year, when I started making the bread, I quickly learned I didn’t have to grind my wheat. In fact, I didn’t have to use wheat flour at all.
While the original recipe did call for that, it’s absolutely okay to just use all purpose flour. (here is the flour is use and LOVE. Code Moderndad will give you a discount)
The great thing about this recipe is, it’s super versatile and you can use just all purpose, half all purpose and half wheat, bread flour, the possibilities are pretty endless.
So if you worry about the type of flour used, I am pretty sure you will have the right kind sitting around your house and there is no need to run to the store to get more (unless you don’t have at least 14 cups worth).
My favorite tools to use
Now, here are the tools that I use. You don’t have to use these, but I recommend them and do think they make it better.
Bosch mixer | $469: Now I now what you a thinking, I don’t want to pay that much for a mixer that isn’t cute to put on my counter. That’s fine. You don’t have it. This can just handle the amount of flour you will need, plus they last forever! Seriously, my mother-in-law has had her’s for years. We have had ours for at least 15 years. So, just remember that you are buying quality that will last a long time.
Bread Pans 9×5 | $19 for 2: These have been fantastic bread pans. I would suggest getting four, since the recipe will make four full loaves. But really, you will not be disappointed with the pans.
Those are really the main tools that I think are super important to have and will make everything go more smoothly.
That being said, I always use a Geometry Towel for clean up and the proofing process and I swear it makes a difference. Plus, they are super cute and you can get a discount when you use code MODERNDAD.
I never thought…
After making this for the past year, I never thought I would be doing what I have been doing lately.
Recently, I was on our local daytime news station to share about it on Studio 5. Who would have thought they would have wanted to me to show people how I make bread every single week.
Then, Heather one day said, “Jason, what if you taught a demo class in the presentation hall?” WHAT? You want me to teach a class? Okay, I can do it. Completely out of my comfort zone, I did it to a sold out class, and turns out people really enjoyed it.
Are you ready to bake?
Okay, I think you are ready to get started. Seriously, you can do this! It’s not hard and once you make it one time, you will want to make it all the time!