I love making homemade bread – mainly because I have a bread machine! I consider that homemade because I make it at home from raw ingredients, which I put together by hand. All the bread machine does is mix, knead, let it rise, and bake, right?
I’ve experimented with different spices and amounts of ingredients, and between that and suggestions from my brother-in-law who also loves to cook, I have come up with a list of ingredients that can be added to almost any ordinary bread recipe to make it extraordinarily delicious!
I have never made a loaf of this bread and had any leftovers. It gets gobbled up in one sitting by our family every time.
All I did was take a regular plain bread recipe that came with my bread machine and add these ingredients to the list. As an added bonus, if you substitute olive oil instead of using butter or margarine like a recipe may call for, you get more moist, flavorful bread!
Just use the same number of tablespoons that the recipe calls for. For example, if it says to add 2 tablespoons of butter, then add 2 tablespoons of olive oil instead.
The Best Homemade Bread
Here we go! These ingredients will make even the most boring bread recipe absolutely scrumptious, and you will no longer be allowed to bring anything else but your delicious bread to any potluck event ever again. So, unless you are prepared for that, do not let anyone else taste it!
Do not even break out the measuring spoons for this one. Just squeeze that bottle for 5-10 seconds depending on how much you love honey! Honey adds a sweet flavor to the bread, as well as a little more moisture.
Add 1-4 tablespoons of powdered garlic, depending on how much garlic flavor you want your bread to have.
Add 1 tablespoon of dried basil.
Add 1 tablespoon of dried oregano.
Add 1 tablespoon of dried thyme.
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2+ tsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- 1+ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1.25 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 tsp bread machine yeast
- Dump all ingredients in the bread machine and turn it on!
There you have it! If you are using a bread machine, simply add these ingredients to the mix that you are already putting in the machine and proceed as the original recipe directs.
I hope you enjoy this mix of ingredients as much as we do. Do you have any favorite ingredients for bread at your house? Please leave a comment below! Happy baking!