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Jessica Starr Nichols

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Have you ever had homemade bread? If your answer is no, then you should remedy that! Do you think because you have a full-time job that you don’t have time to bake fresh bread for your family? If you answered yes, then you’re wrong! This was my first attempt at baking homemade bread, and it was easy, smells amazing, and the taste is out of this world! The scent of fresh bread is still lingering throughout my house. Do me another favor. Look on the bag of your store-bought bread and see how many of the ingredients you can’t pronounce. That’s right, chemicals are in your bread, even the really expensive brand. How would you like to make 2 loaves of bread for what you spend on about 4 loaves of store-bought bread, and the great thing is, it only contains 6 ingredients, all of which my 12 year old can spell and pronounce.

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Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups of warm water
1 Tbsp of all natural yeast
1/4 cup of sugar (I used 2 Tbsp of Truvia)
1Tbsp all natural sea salt
1/4 cup of oil (I used olive oil, because it’s amazing)
5-6 cups of organic flour (if using whole wheat flour, mix 50-50 with plain flour.)

Begin by mixing yeast and sugar in warm water. Allow it to sit for 7-10 minutes to activate the yeast. It will look nice and frothy.

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After the yeast is activated, add the salt and oil and stir those in. Lastly, slowly mix in the flour. Just eyeball whether you need a bit more than 5 cups. You don’t want your dough to be too sticky nor too dry. If you have a stand mixer, that will help with the kneading process, but I like to do it like grandma did it and knead the dough with my hands. Cover your bowl with a towel for 2-3 hours.

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When the dough has risen, punch it right in the center (excellent stress relief). Divide the dough and place in 2 greased loaf pans. I like to put both loaf pans on a baking sheet. It aids in the removal of the bread when it’s finished baking. Cover the loaf pans with a towel and allow them to rise a bit more. While you are waiting on them to rise, you can preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place your oven rack on the lowest setting. When the oven is preheated, transport the loaf pans into the oven and allow the bread to bake for 25 minutes.

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Within that 25 minutes, the aroma in your home will become intoxicating! When the loaves are finished baking, remove them from the oven and rub a little butter over the tops of them. Remove them from the pans and allow them to cool on a wire rack, or I use wax paper. It’s less to wash!

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WARNING! Warm bread doesn’t last long in a house with boys! Weston ate 2 pieces and said, “mmmmmmm” after every bite, and Banks ate 2 pieces after school and said, ” I’ve never had bread this good in my entire life!” It’s delicious, better for your family, cheaper, and super easy! So get in the kitchen, throw some flour on your cheeks, and bake some bread for your family!

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Author: jstarrnichols

I'm a stay at home mom that daily strives to be a Proverbs 31 woman to my husband and children.

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