How to make bread

Essential Bread Baking Tools plus PDF printable

If you plan on baking at home, you should carefully select your bread baking tools. The baking tools and equipment you select will have an effect on how the finished product turns out. Don't believe me? Try baking biscuits on a baking sheet from the dollar store and let me know how that works out for you.

What You Need to Know to Start Baking Awesome Bread(the easy way)

Beginner bread baker? This free workshop is for you.

I am very excited to host my first online workshop this Friday! It's all about bread baking and everything you need to get started. 

If you have always wanted to try bread baking at home, but have been scared to try, then this is the workshop for you. 

Bread baking and working with yeast can be very intimidating, especially if you don’t have someone who has been there & done that, coaching you through the process.  

The webinar will give all the info you need to get started.  Here’s what you will learn:

*What you need to know to start baking awesome bread(the easy way).

*What basic tools & simple ingredients you need. 

*How to make an easy, no-knead dinner roll dough. 

*The easy 6 step process for making homemade bread!

Plus a live Q & A!

This online workshop is for you if…

  • You’ve never made homemade bread before
  • You have made bread before, but it didn’t turn out the way you wanted
  • You are afraid of working with yeast
  • You think you need a bunch of expensive equipment to bake bread at home
  • You want to impress your friends and family with homemade bread

Be sure to sign up even if you can’t attend live because I will send out a replay.  If you have any questions save them for the live Q&A session on Friday!


This online workshop is FREE and you can watch from the comfort of your own home so click here to grab your spot!


See you at the workshop,



No Knead White Bread-Makes Three Loaves

No knead bread
No knead bread

My quest for a no knead white bread recipe started with a book I stumbled upon. Artisan Bread in Five was the first book I read on bread baking. The concept intrigued me and since I wasn't interested in wasting precious minutes kneading dough, I gave it a shot. I was hooked from the first loaf. I've read dozens of books, websites and magazines dedicated to the art bread baking since then.

I've also baked several loaves and have even gotten into sourdoughs, which are a whole different slightly unpredictable animal. If bread is like crack, I guess Artisan bread in 5 was my gateway drug.

This no knead bread recipe gives you lots of bang for your buck. Minimal hands on time and three loaves to show for your trouble. Its a little different that most no knead bread recipes out there since it uses eggs to enrich the dough.

The dough is basic white, so you can feel free to add some nuts, dried fruit, or sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar for variety. Make all loaves the same way, or give each one its own special flair. Whatever you choose, it will turn out great. This recipe is no fail.

No Knead White Bread Recipe

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup shortening

1/4 cup sugar

2 Tbsp salt

1 1/2 cups water

3 Tbsp yeast

3 eggs

9 cups all purpose flour

Scald the milk in the microwave for about 1 minute. Add the shortening, sugar and salt. Blend them together until the shortening has melted. Add the water to cool the milk to lukewarm. Sprinkle the yeast on top and stir to dissolve. Blend in the eggs.

Place the flour in a large bowl and add the liquid/yeast mixture. Stir to combine. This dough will be wet and sticky, which is a characteristic of most no-knead bread doughs. Don't be tempted to add any additional flour. Trust the dough.

After the dough is well mixed, cover and let it rise for at least an hour. You can also refrigerate the dough and let it rise at least two hours. A refrigerated dough is a bit easier to handle once you get to the shaping stage.

Separate your dough into three equal portions and shape into loaves. Place in loaf pans and let rise until double in bulk, one to two hours.

Bake the loaves in a 375°F oven for 45 minutes.

English Muffins Recipe


My English muffin recipe can be made at home with a few simple ingredients Now you can make English muffins at home knowing exactly whats in them. You can have peace of mind knowing that your English muffins weren't sitting a shelf for days waiting for you to happen along and buy them.

English muffins are such a popular breakfast and brunch treat in America, you have to learn to make your own. They have a crusty texture outside, obtained by a coating of cornmeal.  Have fun experimenting with this bread recipe.  Try adding dried fruit or substituting some of the white flour for wheat flour.

Another benefit of having an English muffin recipe to play with, is that you can make them any size you want.  Try mini size for cocktail size sandwiches or make them big for burgers or crab cake sandwiches. Enjoy!


(Makes 20)

1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup warm water
1 package or cake yeast, active dry or compressed 
5 1/2 cups unsifted flour (about)

Scald milk; stir in sugar, salt and butter; cool to lukewarm. Sprinkle or crumble yeast into warm water in large warm bowl; stir until dissolved. Stir in lukewarm milk mixture. Add 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough additional flour to make soft dough. Turn out onto lightly floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. 

Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down; divide in half. On board heavily sprinkled with cornmeal, roll each piece to thickness of 1/2 inch. Cut into circles with 3-inch cookie cutter. Cover; let rest on board 30 minutes. Carefully place on lightly greased medium-hot griddle, cornmeal side down. Bake until bottom is well browned, about 5 minutes; turn and bake about 5 minutes longer.