I must confess that before starting this blog I had no idea about how to make bread dough on my own. I was simple relying on my bread maker to make it for me.
Better said, I knew it in theory but I had never one by hand. I just watched a lot of people while they were messily missing some ingredients and then shaping them into a beautiful nicely smelling ball.
The thing is:
It turns out that it’s pretty simple and really enjoyable.
It’s just satisfying to use your hands to make something. Getting dirty and creating something beautiful in the end.
How to Make Bread Dough
You just need a few ingredients, mix them, then knead them, shape the dough, and let it rise. The actual work is reduced to about 10 to 15 minutes.
I loved learning how to make bread dough by hand but I still cheat. And let me tell you how you can simplify it, too.
Even if you are making recipes that require a conventional oven, you can still let your bread machine do the dough. It’s the easy way to do it.
You just add the ingredients in the bread maker’s baking pan, select the Dough setting, and you’re done. In about an hour and a half you can start shaping it and baking it however you want.
That’s exactly how I make it even though now I know how to make bread dough by hand.
- 1 cup room-temperature water,
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast,
- 3 cups white bread flour,
- 1 or 2 teaspoons salt.
You can also add a little bit of sugar, 1 teaspoon, before adding the yeast. The sugar is added to activate the active dry yeast.
After adding the sugar into the water, add the yeast and stir vigorously. In order to make sure that your yeast is alive, cover the bowl with a towel and let it sit for 2 minutes.
After that, proceed with the rest of the ingredients.
I also love using olive oil in my bread recipes. But it’s optional. Skip it if you don’t have any olive oil around.
I actually have two types of olive oils in my house. They’re both extra virgin but one is cheaper and that’s the one I use in recipes and for bread making and the other one is more expensive and it’s reserved for salads and dipping.
1. Add the room-temperature water, the yeast, stir them a little, then the flour, and the salt. This is the exact order and it’s essential for learning how to make bread dough.
2. Knead the mix for 5 up to 10 minutes.
3. Let the dough rise for up to 2 hours until it has doubled in size. Always cover the dough with a towel and place it in a warm environment.
Let’s talk about consistency.
The dough should be elastic, you know that you have nailed it when it doesn’t stick to your fingers.
If you follow these steps, you’re going to make a beautiful and delicious white bread.
Or you can use it for pizza making. When it comes to pizza dough, which is also made by my bread maker, I leave it overnight in the fridge. The cold deepens the flavor.
But now that you’ve learned how to make bread dough, you can do countless recipes, like focaccia or pita bread, just to name a few.
You are my guest to browse my recipes category if you don’t have any inspiration.