Beautiful Bread

Fall is fast approaching and there is nothing better than a fresh baked loaf of bread to go with those hearty fall meals. Many people feel like they do not have time to bake a fresh loaf of bread, I agree, so let your bread maker do it for you.
I however, do not like the funny shape of a bread machine loaf. Most, if not all bread machines have a dough setting which mixes and kneads your loaf as well as lets it rise the first time. After your dough cycle is done take out your dough and shape it yourself. This process takes less than five minutes. You can place your dough in a regular bread pan, or you can really make it fancy by braiding your loaf first.
Braiding your dough is easy and creates a beautiful looking loaf. Take your dough and divide it into 3 equal pieces. Form a long roll with each piece (like a snake). Then braid the three pieces as you would braid someone’s hair.

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Tuck the ends under and place into a loaf pan to rise. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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You will have a beautiful loaf of bread, that costs less than a similar loaf from the store,that you can serve warm, right from the oven!

A few variations to the braided technique are:

Take your braided dough and make a circle, connecting the ends. Rise on a cookie sheet or stone. This will give you a beautiful round loaf.

Instead of braiding allow your bread dough to rise in a round cake pan. This will give you a fun round loaf. Brush with butter and sprinkle with kosher salt and garlic when the bread is finished baking, for that Italian restaurant bread taste!

It might be cheaper to buy a loaf of white bread at the discount store, but only a few cents. The bread you make at home is preservative free, smells great, and tastes great too! If you don’t think you can make beautiful bread realize that the pictures of the braided loaf are from my sister in law, who only a few short weeks ago made a loaf of bread that looked like this…

Now, less than a month later she is making all of her bread from scratch. For more of her bread making adventures visit her blog at Mom’s Toolbox.

For more kitchen tips visit Tammy’s Recipes.


  1. That braid is beautiful! I’ve only made yeast bread once and plan to do it more as the weather turns cooler. I just can’t get myself to turn the oven on when it’s over 80.

  2. Oh man, if I could bake bread like that, I bet my dh would let me. As it is he just gets upset when I bake bread. He just says that it is not as good as store bought 🙁

    I always like it, but then I am a bread lover.

    Those pics made my mouth water!

  3. I am hoping to one day be able to make bread. Hopefully soon!!???

  4. Recipe? Do you have a good bread recipe? I do not have a bread machine though. I would be doing the dough in my Kitchen Aide and then using the good old oven to cook.
    Thanks! : )

  5. I love to make homemade bread…thanks for the tips. I do make braided bread but leave it on a flat cookie sheet to cook…but I like your idea of putting it into a loaf pan – looks pretty. And the idea of baking the bread in a round cake pan sounds fun…regular bread can be so boring!

  6. Wow! Those look absolutely georgeous! 😀 It has been a while since I have made a braided bread, but they definitely have an awesome presentation. 😀

  7. Somebody's Mimi says:

    This kinda makes me want to run out and buy a bread maker. I’ll check the garage sales first.

  8. I’m looking forward to baking as the temperatures cool down! Now if I only had a few more hours in the day…~sigh~

    Your sis in law’s bread looks great—now. That first loaf I’m not too sure about. : ]

  9. Oh, i am SO glad that you posted this because I was just thinking the same thing about my bread machine. I don’t like the shape and the slices end up being too large for my girls to have for the sandwiches in their lunches.

    The one thing that I did find however, was that the dough was too sticky to play around with. Can I add more flour to the dough in order to make it less sticky without ruining the bread?

  10. TheHappyHousewife says:

    I would not add much more flour to your bread as it changes the texture of the finished product. One way to make your bread easier to handle is to coat your hands with oil (I have used olive oil and canola). The bread is very easy to work with when your hands are oiled!

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