Making basic bread from scratch for the first time bread baker

I decided to make this story in the first week of the COVID-19 pandemic when it became obvious that there were going to be people who did not have the ability to go to the store to get bread. The video is a walk through of making the most basic of breads, but one that is still tasty and better than what you would have bought at the store anyway.

I chose to make it completely from scratch, and provide some tips on ways you might change it to work with the circumstances you are having in your own home.

Recipe:

  • 5 to 6 cups of all purpose flour, this could be any kind of flour but you will need to adjust your water to flour ratio with other flours.
  • 2 Cups of warm water, about 105 degrees F or the temperature you would use to warm up a baby’s bottle for feeding. Just over body temperature and under 110 degrees.
  • 1 Tablespoon of rapid rise yeast, or any yeast you have on hand
  • 1 Teaspoon (or up to 1 Tablespoon) of table salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of sugar, to get the yeast growing
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (optional)

The video shows how to get the yeast growing so you know it is working before you mix it into the flour. I also mixed the flour completely by hand in the video to show how easy it is to do this with almost no equipment other than a stove.

The video is long, but very informative about the Why of making bread from scratch. This is aimed at the first time bread maker.

Making Bread from Scratch for the first time bread baker

Irish Soda Bread

Sliced loaf of Irish Soda Bread

Around St. Patrick’s Day every year, my wife Tina, being the fine Irish Lady that she is, gets a hankering for some good old fashioned Irish Soda Bread.  I have made this a number of times over the year with good results, but this year I put some additional research into it.

My desire was for a soda bread with dried fruit (raisins) and caraway seeds.  I trolled the Internet and found a lot of recipes, and they varied a lot.  I combined the best of what I thought were good ideas and made the soda bread you see in the video below.  Tips and ingredients are included below the video.

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