Good Bread

“‘A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said, ‘is what we chiefly need: Pepper and vinegar besides are very good indeed.’” - Lewis Caroll

LOAF OF BREAD: a recipe

3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 T. granulated yeast (2 packets)
1 1/2 T. course salt
6 1/2 cups flour 

I always thought that bread was a ridiculously long, difficult process, but I was wrong.  this was my first time making bread, and it was really simple, and totally worth it.  

+  warm the water slightly, pour in a 5-quart dish(if mixing by hand, or a mixing bowl for your mixer), and add in the packets of yeast. 
+  don't bother to stir, add in the rest of the ingredients (flour, salt)
+  mix with a big spoon, or the bread hook on your mixer until completely incorporated, but you don't need to knead. 
+  cover with a cheesecloth or loose lid and let rise for 2 or more hours.
+  spray your dish or baking sheet and preheat your oven to 425 F.
+  cover your working surface with flour, and coat your hands.  
+  create four loaves of bread from your dough, simply forming a ball, pinching the dough together to form a smooth surface.  
+  place loaves in or on your baking surface, and let rise for another 40 min. 
+  when done rising, pat surfaces with flour again and cut cross-hatches on the tops of the loaves.
+  place a dish with 1 cup of boiling water in the bottom of the oven, and then put your sheet of loaves on the middle rack.
+  bake your bread for about 30 minutes, until the crust is nice and golden, and firm to the touch.  
+  break it open and slather it in butter or jam or honey or vinegar.  

Share with friends, family, and eat a lot of it yourself.  there's something about homemade bread that is spectacular.  



  1. mmmm, nothing better than homemade bread. :)

  2. oh thank you thank you thank you lillian. thank you for these beautiful pictures. thank you for the recipe. and thank you for lewis carroll.

    :) happy weekend (almost).

  3. I made soft pretzels today, which was my first attempt at any rising bread, and I absolutely loved it. Homemade bread is the best.

  4. mmm, the smell and taste of warm homemade bread is possibly one of the best things on earth. i will definitely be marking this recipe!

  5. yes. i will make these. yes.

  6. Love homemade bread. It's the absolute best! :)

  7. That bread looks fantastic. I must make it!

  8. Making homemade bread is on my immediate to-do list. When I have my own family, I want to make bread often and perhaps build a brick baking oven in the backyard. Good bread is always the key.

  9. i have some pomegranate jelly right now (I KNOW CAN YOU BELIEVE IT) and i think i'll make this to accompany! maybe even invite friends over for some "kinfolking." truly lovely, lil'.

  10. homemade bread is always the best. oh I miss bread. (now that I eat gluten free) :D love these pictures.


  11. mmmm, homemade bread. i'll be doing this soon :)

  12. I'm making this right now! The dough is very good. I'm so excited to eat it with nutella when it's done!

  13. Did you make this recipe up or is it adapted from another recipe?

    1. I adapted it from here: http://www.food.com/recipe/5-minute-artisan-bread-325571

  14. Looks delicious, I'm definitely going to try this!

  15. Thank you SO much! I have tried a variety of homemade yeast breads and this was by far the best! So good and so easy! Thanks again! -Claire

  16. I make pretty much this exact recipe! Sometimes I like to add minced garlic and cheese before I bake.