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weadjust
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Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
Since I can't buy a loaf of bread I guess I need to figure out how to make one. Looks like for $3-5 worth of ingredients I can make a $1 loaf of bread

The simple recipes per google call for bread flour. Can I substitute all purpose flour? Instant or active dry yeast? Will a meatloaf pan work for baking?

My previous baking experience is Totinos Frozen Pizzas.



The Spleen
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
You can use AP flour, it just doesn't create as much gluten as bread flour does. You likely won't taste a huge difference.


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hungryone
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
All purpose is more than fine. I use AP and whole wheat, and I sell 80-100 loaves a month during peak season. You do not need bread flour. The King Arthur Flour website is a fantastic resource for beginners. Assuming you want to make a loaf of white sandwich bread, start here: LINK
The only odd ingredient in that recipe is dry milk....but generic powdered milk from a big box store works just fine.


hungryone
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Addressing your other questions:
--instant vs active dry yeast. Either is fine, just don't use old stuff you've had on hand for years. Instant yeast is a concentrated form of yeast that doesn't need to be "bloomed" in warm water before you use it. It can be purchased in 1-lb bricks at Sam's (economical, just a few bucks) or in small brown jars labeled as "bread machine yeast" at most groceries. Active dry is less concentrated; it's the kind most often sold in a three-packet strip.
--A loaf pan is a loaf pan, whether you put meat in it or not LOL. You simply need to measure it to determine if it is the correct size for the recipe you're using. If it is not the correct size, the bread will either poof up and potentially overflow the pan, or the dough will insufficiently fill the pan and not rise as high as it would if the pan was the correct size.

Breadmaking is fun, and fairly cheap. Remember that the ancient Egyptians baked enough bread to feed the slaves that built the pyramids with nothing more complicated than a trough and an oven, and that the Roman empire ran on bread. If the ancients did it, surely you can figure it out.

I was scheduled to teach a couple of bread classes in the coming weeks; those classes have been cancelled.


KosmoCramer
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I was scheduled to teach a couple of bread classes in the coming weeks; those classes have been cancelled.


Might be a neccesity now.


hungryone
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Might be a neccesity now.


We haven't had a good bread thread in a while.
I made five loaves of honey wheat yesterday, gave two to a friend who was unable to find a sliced loaf at the supermarkets and was about to start driving around to gas stations in his search. I pointed out that was the exact opposite of social distancing and offered to make him some loaves. 3 hrs later, voila...enough bread for him and for my household's next three weeks.


weadjust
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
Thanks for the help. My meat loaf pan is 5"x 9" so that should work. I only have 1 pan so if the recipe makes 2 loafs is it ok to let the dough rest while I bake the first loaf or should I half the recipe?

Looks like all I need is some yeast & flour. Surely the store isn't out of that.


The Spleen
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Looks like all I need is some yeast & flour. Surely the store isn't out of that.




That's my hope. Bake a fresh loaf every morning since I'll be home anyway.


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hungryone
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You can halve the recipe, sure. Or you can buy a second loaf pan when you go to the store to buy flour and yeast. Even the lightweight aluminum pans work fine for a loaf of white sandwich bread. But no, you can’t just let the dough rest at room temp, not shaped in a pan while you bake the first one. A while sandwich loaf recipe is intended to have a second rise supported by a loaf pan. If you really do only have one pan, you can shape the second loaf as a round and bake it without a pan. It will likely be a wide,:flattish blob of a loaf and not rise as high or be as tender as a pan loaf..

Or you can put it int the fridge as an blob while you bake the first load. Once first loaf is done, you will need to cool the pan, then shape the second loaf and let it rise in the pan. Rise will take a bit longer bc the dough is cold from the fridge.

But seriously, Dollar Tree has perfectly fine metal loaf pans, for $1.


weadjust
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
Gotcha thanks. May spend that $1 on a second pan. Don't really know how or why I have a meat loaf pan


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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
Before you crazy with it...

Home made bread does NOT contain preservatives so you cannot wrap in plastic and throw in the pantry for 2 weeks. Depending on conditions one could have moldy bread in 3-4 days.


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Home made bread does NOT contain preservatives so you cannot wrap in plastic and throw in the pantry for 2 weeks. Depending on conditions one could have moldy bread in 3-4 days.

Excellent point. But the way to preserve homemade bread is the freezer: cool bread completely, slice if desired, wrap well, seal on a ziploc, stick in freezer. Voila, it is fine for months. Take out a piece or more whenever you want, drop in toaster or put in toaster oven at 350. Single slices will defrost and toast all at once. Whole loaves or larger hunks can take 15-25 mins.

Most of the bread I consume has been frozen after baking. It tastes just fine, and I’m a hardcore bread snob.


Baers Foot
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
You wrap your loaves and single slices in saran wrap before ziploc'ing for freezer storage?


The Spleen
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
Homemade bread is so delicious with some butter it's hard to believe anyone could ever have leftovers, but I guess if you make more than one loaf at a time it's possible. I can stand there next to the butter crock on the counter and eat an entire loaf.


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hungryone
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You wrap your loaves and single slices in saran wrap before ziploc'ing for freezer storage?



No. My usual "house loaf" is a mostly whole wheat sunflower flax boule--a round rustic loaf. I freeze it in half and quarter round sections, bagged individually and then stuck into a larger bag for easy organization in my giant chest freezer. I take out a hunk, or a half as needed and reheat in toaster oven. Defrosting at room temp doesn't work well for this kind of bread--it dries out fairly quickly b/c it is a "lean" bread (no fat, oil, eggs, or other tenderizers; just flour, water, salt, yeast, seeds).

When I do freeze sliced sandwich loaves, I stack four to six slices together, bag, and then put them together in a bigger bag (again, just so I can find them easily in my frozen bread library). We can usually eat thru 4-6 slices in a couple days. Enriched sandwich bread fares better when defrosted at room temp. I've made sandwiches for fishing trips on still frozen bread--the sandwiches defrosted before lunchtime and tasted fine.

Buns and rolls, I toss into big zip top bags, loose. Cut in half before freezing.

Note: I also reuse the plastic bags, as they are easily rinsed & dried. Bread doesn't leave much residue behind.


KosmoCramer
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
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We haven't had a good bread thread in a while.


I'm on a low carb diet, so my bread baking his been nil.

Just bought a Pullman loaf pan to make sandwich bread for family.


hungryone
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
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Just bought a Pullman loaf pan to make sandwich bread for family.

Brioche baked in a pullman loaf is a damn fine thing.


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Baers Foot
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
Thanks for the info.


El Mattadorr
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re: Need a how to make a loaf of bread recipe
This is fascinating. I'm going to try my hand at French bread tonight. I cook a ton, but have never baked bread.

What do you think about this recipe, hungryone? French Bread


Twenty 49
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Home made bread does NOT contain preservatives so you cannot wrap in plastic and throw in the pantry for 2 weeks. Depending on conditions one could have moldy bread in 3-4 days.


A blogger who made sandwich bread for his kids' lunches struggled with his Cook's Illustrated recipe bread made on the weekend staying fresh and mold-free during the school week.

Here was his solution:

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Because I need the bread to stay fresh for a full week of lunches, I added a few natural “dough conditioners”. I add a tablespoon of granulated lecithin which makes for a moister loaf. Chris Kimball’s original loaf would dry out after a few days. I include 1/4 teaspoon of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C ) to slightly change the pH to inhibit mold growth. When I made the loaf without this it grew mold in as little as 3 days.


American Sandwich Bread

Wheat Sandwich Loaf


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