Homemade Bread!!! Yum!!! It’s what I want to eat every day. It’s what my customers at the local farmer’s market love. Making homemade bread isn’t difficult, but it can be time consuming. I see selling my bread as a service, not as something people couldn’t possibly replicate themselves. In fact, nothing makes me happier than to hear someone is making “my bread.” But, I have to confess, it is not “my bread.” This bread belongs to an amazing woman named Celeste Chappell. I learned to make this recipe from her and I’m forever grateful. I went to her bread class at church about 15 years ago when we were living in the suburbs of Chicago. Celeste amazed me with her skills! She made bread everyday for her larger than life family of 10 children. At the time, I couldn’t imagine making bread every morning, and surprise! Here I am making bread almost daily here at home for my family. So… out of love, I’m paying it forward. Here is Celeste Chappell’s basic bread recipe.
Basic Bread Recipe
4 ½ cups warm water
1 cup sugar or honey
1 Tablespoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
2 ½ Tablespoons yeast
10 – 13 cups bread or wheat flour
Combine water, sugar, salt, oil, and yeast. Set aside for 5 minute or until foamy. Add flour until dough doesn’t stick to bowl. Knead in mixer for 10 – 13 minutes. The least amount of flour added makes a lighter, softer loaf. Let rise in pan until double or the size you want the finished loaf to be. Bake at 350-375 for 20 to 22 minutes.
This recipe can be varied by using 100% whole wheat or a combination of wheat and bread flour. I use freshly ground hard white wheat or hard red wheat in my bread.
I have had people ask me what kind of mixer I use. I currently use a Bosch, but I used half the recipe in a Kitchen Aid 4 quart mixer for years and years.
I also have many people ask me where I get my long bread pans to make that bakery style loaf. Well, like everything else I buy, I get them on amazon.