Easy Bread Making Tips for Beginners (Recipes Included)

How to make whole wheat bread

How to make whole wheat breadThere’s nothing like the smell of freshly-baked bread wafting through your kitchen. And while store-bought bread is perfectly fine, there’s something extra satisfying about making your own loaf at home. Not to mention, it can be a fun and rewarding experience in the kitchen.

If you’re new to bread-making, don’t be intimidated. With the help of a few recipes, you’ll churn homemade bread like a pro in no time. We’ve rounded up a few tips to follow and our favorite bread recipes with and without a bread maker.

Is Bread Making At Home Easy?

The simple answer to that is no! The process of making bread at home can be time-consuming, but it is quite simple. And while it does take time for the dough to rise, the actual hands-on time is relatively short. The key to success is understanding the basic principles behind bread-making and following a recipe to the letter.

Do Bread Makers Make the Process Simple?

While a bread machine might help you simplify the procedure, if you don’t have one or want to make bread without one, that’s equally simple.

Also, for those who what to try advanced bread recipes, a bread machine won’t be very useful because it doesn’t provide the same level of control over the dough as kneading by hand.

Here is What You Will Need

Whether you are using a bread machine or not, you will need some basic supplies:

Flour: When it comes to bread recipes, all-purpose flour is often your best option since it results in a softer, fluffier final product. However, if you are more health conscious like me and are looking for a whole wheat option, feel free to use whole wheat flour. However, even if you use wheat flour, you will need 1/4th of all-purpose flour to get the desired results.

Salt: This is a key ingredient in any bread recipe as it helps to control the fermentation process and adds flavor.

Yeast: Two main types of yeast can be used for bread baking: active dry yeast and instant (or rapid-rise) yeast. Active dry yeast must be activated before use by dissolving it in water before being added to the flour, while instant yeast can be added directly to the dry ingredients. For this guide,

Sugar: Sugar is another key ingredient in bread-making; it feeds the yeast and helps with the rising process. You can use any sugar or even honey as per your preference.

Butter/Oil: Adding fat to your bread recipe helps to create a softer, more tender final product. You can use either butter or oil, whichever you prefer.

Water/Milk: Water or milk (I prefer using whole milk) is needed to form the dough. The amount of liquid you’ll need will vary depending on your flour and the quantity of bread you are making.

Baking Supplies: A mixing bowl, spoon, or spatula, as well as a baking pan in which to observe the bread for baking

If you’re using a bread machine, you’ll also need a measuring cup and spoon that usually comes with the bread maker.

Recipe: Whole Wheat bread Without a Bread Maker

This recipe will make approximately 500-600gm of bread.


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (alter as per your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup milk or water (lukewarm)


  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add the butter, milk, and water to form a smooth, sticky dough. If the dough is too dry, add more milk or water a little at a time; if it’s too wet, add more flour.
  • Knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic, so it won’t break when you pull or stretch it.
  • Then place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, which should take about an hour or more.
  • Once the dough has doubled, punch it down in the middle to release the air and knead it for a few more minutes.
  • Shape the dough into a loaf and place it in a greased loaf pan. Then cover the pan with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise again until doubled in size, which should take about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the bread for 30-40 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and
  • Cut the bread into slices and enjoy it with your favorite toppings!

This recipe can also make dinner rolls or breadsticks without a bread machine.

Recipe: Whole Wheat bread Using a Bread Maker

If you have a bread machine, this recipe will be even easier!


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (alter as per your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup milk or water (lukewarm)


  • Add all the ingredients to the bread machine pan in the order listed.
  • Select the setting as Wheat bread, set the weight and color of the bread machine, and start the machine.
  • The bread should be ready in 3-4 hours, depending on your bread machine.
  • Once the bread is done, remove it from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack to cut and serve.

Is there a difference between the bread you Make by hand and a bread Maker?

When you make bread by hand, you have more control over the process and can make adjustments. However, if you are not trained enough or the dough is not mixed correctly, the bread may not turn out as well as it would with a bread machine.

With a bread machine, you need to add the ingredients and let the machine do its job. The trade-off is that you have less control over the process, but the results are more consistent.

So, if you’re a beginner bread baker or want guaranteed results, use a bread machine. If you’re a more experienced baker and want more control over the process, make bread by hand.

What are some tips for making the best bread?

  • Use high-quality ingredients: This is the most important tip for making great bread. Use good flour, yeast, and water; your bread will turn out well.
  • Knead the dough correctly: Kneading develops the gluten in the flour, which gives bread its structure. If you don’t knead the dough enough, the bread will be dense; if you knead it too much, the bread will be tough.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place: Yeast needs warmth to grow, so letting the dough rise in a warm place will help it rise faster.
  • Bake the bread at the right temperature: too low and the bread won’t cook through; too high and the crust will be hard.
  • Slice the bread with a serrated knife: This will help you evenly slice the bread without crushing it.

So, now that you know how to make bread, what are you waiting for? Get baking!

Saroj Choudhary

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