I need to show the world how to make homemade white bread for two people for a couple of reasons. I make eight loaves at once, but it’s because I have never outgrown the need to cook for a large family. Here’s the deal, even my publisher asked me to cut down my recipe for my book. I get it, most people do not even have eight bread pans. Old habits are hard to change. I also like to surprise people with a hot loaf of bread. Who doesn’t love homemade bread, right? I think we can all agree on that one.
I have had a few readers ask me to cut the recipe down to fewer loaves. I totally understand. So, that’s the first reason. The second reason I want to share this smaller recipe is for college students or for families with one or two people. Also, this small recipe you can make by hand because it only has 3 to 3-1/2 cups of flour, which is manageable to knead by hand. My standard recipe is at the bottom for eight one-pound loaves.
Homemade White Bread For Two
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2 tsp. SAF instant yeast
- 2 tsp. dough enhancer (optional)
- 1 egg
- 1/8 cup oil-I use olive oil
- 3/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 to 3-1/2 cups white bread flour
I start with a Bosch bread mixer, although you could make this in a bowl. I put the yeast, warm water, salt, oil, and sugar in the bowl. I then add the eggs and lightly mix it in the Bosch so the egg does not “cook”. Then I add the warm milk and flour slowly. I continue to add flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the Bosch bowl. I knead for about 7-8 minutes. I place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I let the dough rise until double the original size. I punch down the dough and make into loaves and place these in greased pans (this recipe makes two-1 pound loaves). I let it rise once again (using the same plastic wrap) until it doubles in size and then I bake them at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. I lightly butter the tops of each loaf after baking and removed from the pans.
HOW TO MAKE SCONES
I start with a very large skillet and heat the oil one to two inches deep until I can spritz a few drops of water into the oil ever so carefully, then I know it's hot enough. You will start with one ball of dough about the size of a tennis ball, maybe a little smaller, but bigger than a golf ball. Then mash the dough with the palm of your hand on a greased counter top and use a rolling pin to roll the dough from the center out. You keep rolling from the center out until they are very thin.
Then place them in the hot oil really carefully because the oil will splatter. Here's the deal, it's a big mess but I am talking about memories right now. Adults and kids usually always love hot scones. You fry them until they are golden brown and turn them over to cook the other side until that side is golden brown too
Whole Wheat Bread For Two
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup or so of honey
- 1/2 tablespoon dough enhancer- optional-this makes fluffier rolls or bread
- 1/2 tablespoon wheat gluten- optional-this makes fluffier rolls or bread
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon dry instant or powdered milk
- 1/2 tablespoon SAF instant yeast
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3-1/2 to 4 cups whole wheat flour
I literally dump everything in a bowl and start mixing with a bread mixer, bread machine or by hand. Knead for 10 minutes. You grease your pans and mold your loaves to fit your pans. Cover with a clean wet towel or greased plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size. This recipe will make two-1 pound loaves. Let them rise and bake at 350 degrees for about 27-30 minutes. One pound pans are about 4-inches by 7-inches.
This recipe makes two medium size loaves. You can always freeze one.
Regular Homemade White Bread Recipe
Please note, I use this recipe to make bread, dinner rolls, breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, and scones. It’s a keeper.
- 4 cups warm milk
- 8 tsp. SAF Instant Yeast
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup Oil I use olive oil
- 8 teaspoons dough enhancer optional
- 3 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 13-14 cups white bread flour
- I start with a Bosch Mixer although you could make this in a bowl. I put the yeast, warm water, salt, oil, and sugar in the bowl. I then add the eggs and lightly mix it in the Bosch so the eggs do not “cook”. Then I add the warm milk and flour slowly. I continue to add flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the Bosch bowl. I knead for about 7-8 minutes. I place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I let the dough rise until double. I punch down the dough and make into loaves and place these in greased pans (I make seven-1 pound loaves). I let it rise once again (using the same plastic wrap) until it doubles and then I bake them at 350 degrees for 27 minutes. I lightly butter the tops of each loaf after baking while cooling on wire racks.
If you can make bread you can survive by filling your belly or bartering the bread for other things you need. Please learn to make bread or teach those around you to make it. Let’s be prepared for the unexpected.