Simple Freezable Homestead Bread

Simple Freezable Homestead Bread

For those of you who were wondering what recipe I used in my breadmakers to make getting fresh bread on the table more feasible, I thought I’d jot it down for you really quickly.

It is also important to note that I have at least four different brands of breadmakers.  None of them came with manuals when I bought them, I just made sure that all of the containers were good sized.  They all get the job done within 5 minutes of each other.

This recipe also freezes well.  Just let it cool, pop it in a bread bag, then toss it in the freezer.  Once you need it, set it on the counter to thaw.

Simple Freezable Homestead Bread

6 ounces of warm milk (pasteurized or unpasteurized)

6 ounces of warm water

2 tablespoons of a fat (for home-rendered fats such as lard, bacon grease, or deer tallow, I lean more toward about 1.5 tbls.  Also keep in mind that bacon grease will give you a more savory bread flavor.  I wouldn’t use it if you intend to eat this bread with lots of jam.)

1.5 teaspoons salt (non-iodized is better, but regular iodized salt works fine)

4 cups of flour (preferably bread flour.  If you want wheat bread, use 1.5 cups wheat flour and 2.5 cups bread flour)

4 tablespoons sugar (or 2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons sugar)

1 teaspoon dry active yeast


  1. Begin by pouring your warm water and warm milk into the bread machine container.  Be sure you have already inserted the paddle onto the turner in the bottom.
  2. Add your oil/fat as well as the salt.
  3. Slowly add the four.  Try to cover all of the liquids, so that the entire top is covered in dry flour.
  4. Make a small well in the top of the flour, then add the sugar and yeast into the well.
  5. Snap or twist the container into the bread machine.
  6. Set the machine on the “dough” setting, and get it started.
  7. Roughly 1.5 hrs later, remove the container from the machine (when it has finished). Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured area.
  8. Set your oven for 400 degrees (higher if at altitude, see local recommendations)
  9. Knead the dough gently, then shape it and place into a greased loaf pan (grease of your choice, I use whatever is handy).
  10. Cover the bread and let it rise while the oven pre-heats (30-45 min for my stove)
  11. Uncover and place in oven to bake.
  12. Bake for 40-45 minutes (or until bread is a dark golden brown.  If you take it out too soon, you will have donut bread, as the ooyee goooyee stuff in the middle will fall.)



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