Nana’s Homemade Bread

by Suzanne on September 6, 2011

in Breads

Homemade bread is simply the best and its even better when you can throw all the ingredients into the bread machine and let it do its thing. My mother-in-law is known for her homemade bread and she figured out how to scale her recipe down to her bread machine and it turns out great. The bread is soft and tender and it looks like wheat but actually it only has wheat bran in it.  Although the bread is tender it can still be made into sandwiches and because we have a large bread machine, half of a sandwich is plenty for me. We used to make this bread twice a week for our family and we never bought bread at the store, but in recent years we buy the store-bought bread, my husband prefers his mom’s bread over the store any day. One nice thing about making your own bread is you know what goes into your bread and that there are no preservatives. Because there are no preservatives the bread should be stored in the refrigerator or you might have mold growing quicker than your average store-bought variety.

So what if you have a great bread recipe and want to size it to your bread machine, how do you do it? Well, my friend Paula over at Salad In a Jar has a great tutorial on how to do just that, so go and check her post out. If you choose not to use a bread machine then you can still use this recipe but remember it will only be for one loaf. Making the bread by hand would be different too, you could not just throw all the ingredients together and expect it to turn into bread like the machine. You would need to follow a traditional way of making the bread like this recipe that my friend Aubrey taught me to make.

Nana’s Homemade Bread

3 1/2 cup bread flour
3/8 cup wheat bran
4 T. potato flakes
4T. canola oil
3 1/2 T. sugar
1 3/4 tsp. salt
1 3/4 tsp. yeast
1 cup water
1/2 cup milk

Step 1: Put all ingredients into the bread maker and turn on, that’s it.
Step 2: When the loaf is done, pull it out of the bread machine and let cool in pan for about 15 minutes. Then turn the bread over and shake the pan a bit, let cool on cooling rack for another 15 minutes at least before you cut into it.
Enjoy warm with butter and honey or your favorite jam.

P.S. The jam in the photo will be coming soon, it is so good 🙂

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1 Nutmeg Nanny September 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Love this homemade bread! I love that it has wheat bran in it…yum!

2 Roxana GreenGirl September 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I love making bread at home and your loaf looks so great! And wheat bran and potato flakes! YUM!!
Can’t wait for the jam recipe also!

3 Suzanne September 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Hey Roxana, thanks for stopping by, hope your enjoying your vacation.

4 Salad in a Jar September 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Thanks so much for the link. I am trying this recipe as soon as I get home from vacation. I also found an unopened package of wheat bran in the back of my freezer and now I know why. Have a great week. Paula

5 Suzanne September 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Your welcome, thanks for all the hard work on how to convert your bread recipes over, it’s awesome.

6 Lisa September 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm

How could I miss those muffins?? Oh well, I’ll kill two baked treats with one comment. The muffins look amazing, such a tender crumb, and I love banana in a muffin – used to get a banana walnut chocolate chip muffin before work every day. As for the knees are weak. There is nothing like warm, homemade bread right out of the oven, and your Nana’s bread looks amazing. I think I’m going to add flax to it when I get around to making it. Boy, is your family lucky to get to taste all your cooking and baking, 🙂

7 Beth September 10, 2011 at 5:34 am

I’ve been thinking about trying some bread recipes this fall. Homemade bread is so good!

8 Angie@Angiesrecipes September 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Love homemade bread. Yours looks so perfectly baked and I bet it tastes heavenly.

9 Reeni September 11, 2011 at 9:43 am

Nothing in the world compares to homemade bread, that much is true! Especially when you have homemade jam to go with it. Your bread has a beautiful texture and you have the most perfect, evenly cut slices! Mine comes out looking like I cut it with a dull saw haha.

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