Baking Bread Without A Breadmaker – How Do You Do It?

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Updated on 26 Jul 2023
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Freshly baked bread, everyone dreams of it. Only nowadays, many just get their bread from the supermarket. It may have a slightly longer shelf life, but this bread contains unnecessary additives and e numbers.

Of course, tastes differ, but this bread is never really very tasty. Therefore, you fantasize about baking your first bread yourself. But, a bread maker?

You don’t have one. Not to worry, to make bread yourself you don’t necessarily need a bread maker. What’s on the menu tomorrow morning? Homemade bread!

Homemade bread a little more effort without a machine

Baking your own bread without a bread maker takes a little more time and effort. But then when you’re done, you also just have your own bread that you can enjoy deliciously! In this article we will show you how to bake with or without breadmaking mix.

TIP: Do you want the purest bread possible without unnecessary additives? Then make the dough yourself. Bread baking mix often contains added ingredients such as palm oil that are often not needed at all.

Ingredients for the dough

What exactly do you need for the dough? You have two options. Do you bake loaves with bread baking mix? Then you can follow the instructions on the package.

You can also make it yourself. Then it depends a bit on what kind of bread you are going to make. Are you going for white bread? Brown bread? Wheat bread? Gluten-free bread? It’s all possible. In this example, I give you a recipe for whole wheat bread.

  • 500 grams whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 sachet dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of table sugar
  • 275 milliliters warm water
  • 2 teaspoons oil (sunflower or olive)

Pay close attention to quantities of yeast needed

The amount needed for your recipe depends on the amount of wheat flour. For example, whole wheat flour is slightly heavier and will need a little more to rise than other recipes.

If you use 500 grams of wheat flour for your recipe, choose 1.5 bags of yeast for whole wheat bread. For white bread, you’re often fine with 1 sachet.

Freshly baked white bread

If you bake white bread then you better choose patent flour. This will make breads a little fluffier. You can also mix different kinds of wheat flour. As long as you end up with 500 grams.

Which flour if you bake your own bread?

Baking your own bread? Then you need some flour. We list the possibilities for you.

  • Firm: Wheat flour
  • Rye: Rye flour
  • Spelt: Spelt
  • Light: Patent flour
  • Flat: Durum flour
  • Tiger: Tiger flour
  • Corn: Corn flour
  • Sweet: Almond flour
  • Coconut: Coconut flour

What about gluten-free bread?

Bread that is gluten-free is becoming increasingly popular. If you are going to bake your own fresh bread, then for the gluten-free variety you can choose soy flour. This is an excellent flour to make delicious breads without gluten.

The difference between the two

I understand the confusion, this question is asked very often. What are the differences between flour and flour preparation?

It is actually very simple: for flour preparation a whole grain is finely ground, for flour preparation the flour is sifted one more time, this leaves the well-known white powder.

Homemade bread fresh yeast or dried yeast?

When baking bread, should you use fresh yeast or dried yeast? Yeast is actually a type of mold.

There are several types of yeast. You can think of brewer’s yeast and wine yeast, but there is also yeast that is used in food. So when baking bread, you can choose fresh yeast or dry ingredient yeast. The yeast is naturally there so that when making bread the dough doubles or at least grows considerably.

How does yeast grow?

To live, yeast needs sugars. These it gets from flour. Yeast then converts these into carbon dioxide. As you knead bread dough, the gluten in the flour will become active. This creates a formation of balloons that can hold the carbon dioxide, this allows it to grow. This is what happens when you let dough rise.

What kinds of yeasts are there?

There are two types of ist, fresh baker’s yeast and dried yeast or instant yeast. Fresh yeast should be kept in the refrigerator between three and eight degrees. You can keep a block of fresh baker’s yeast for two weeks.

Dried or instant yeast can be bought in bags in the supermarket. You can keep these in the refrigerator for up to a year if opened.

Replacing fresh yeast with dry yeast and vice versa

Can you replace fresh yeast with dry and vice versa? The answer to that is yes! When bread recipes call for fresh yeast you can also just use dry yeast, vice versa the same story. In this case, multiply the weight of dry yeast by three.

How to bake your own bread

Okay how exactly do you proceed? I’m going to tell you now. First of all, what do you need for bread recipes without a breadmaker?

  • A piece of baking paper or a baking tray
  • A batter bowl
  • Damp tea towel
  • Mixer with dough hooks
  • Butter to grease the tin with

Bake away!

The first step, the dried yeast. This makes the bread rise and become nice and fluffy. Take lukewarm water and put it in the batter bowl. Then add sugar and yeast to this. Let this rest for ten minutes.

After ten minutes, add flour, salt and oil to the water. You should then knead this, you can also use a mixer with dough hooks for this. Knead the dough for ten minutes.

Clean the bowl and put the dough back in the bowl as a ball. If necessary, grease the bowl in advance so it will come loose more easily. You can just do this with oil. Then it is time for the first rise, cover the bowl and let the dough rise for an hour in a warm place in the house.

Preheat oven and knead dough even smaller

Now you need to preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and place the dough on a countertop. Knead it a little more so that it becomes even slightly smaller. The dough should rise for another 15 to 20 minutes.

Bake it in the oven for between 20 to 25 minutes. Every oven is different, so keep a close eye on the baking process. If you tap on it and it sounds hollow inside then the bread is ready, remove it from the oven and let the bread cool.


Enjoy! Cut a slice and put the toppings you like on it. Congratulations, you just baked yourself a delicious loaf without a bread maker, it wasn’t that hard, was it?

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