the best homemade bread ever.

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so growing up, my mom regularly made homemade bread. it was seriously the best thing ever, especially when it was warm out of the oven with some butter and jam. i truly think my love of carbs came from my love of her bread.  i think the only downside of making your own homemade bread is that it’s so much better than any other bread you buy, that you (well, me) often end up eating twice as much as you normally would (or even the entire loaf?!) because the taste is so fresh.

my mom uses a ceramic “cloche” (or “bell” in french) which can help replicate baking bread in a brick oven, and we used it to make her recipe below. we haven’t made this recipe without the stone, so if you don’t have one, i imagine the baking time and temperature will vary. but if you’re interested, you can read more about the stone HERE.

we haven’t made bread in a long time, and in our attempts to eat better and cook more together, josh busted out the cloche last week and made some yummy bread. i think the only thing it really requires is planning, since you need to let is rest for at least 12 hours (my mom often lets hers rest for up to 24 hours, depending.) but it doesn’t call for much prep time at all, and only a few ingredients, it’s worth figuring out schedule wise to make it!!! we’ve decided we have to make it more regularly over here!!

my mom’s homemade bread:

6 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
(hand mix together)

slowly add 3 cups cold water and mix with a danish dough whisk
cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 12-24 hours in cool place or fridge
after it’s resting period, cut the dough in half on a floured surface
knead the dough then place each half in its own well-oiled bowl
let it rest once more for about 1 hour
while the dough rests, put the stoneware cloche in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees
place the dough in the center of the hot cloche
bake 20 to 25 minutes covered then an additional 10 minutes without the cover

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so i don’t know if this danish dough whisk is all that necessary, but my mom swears by it and she got us one a few years ago and now i kind of feel like it’s essential. you can probably just use a regular whisk, but isn’t it funny how those sorts of ideas get passed down?! for example, when my dad makes homemade popcorn and is pouring the melted butter onto the popped kernels, he always shakes a fork underneath the melted butter he’s pouring to help the butter fall evenly around the popcorn.  when josh and i first got married, and he saw me do that for the first time, he was like, “WHAT are you doing?!” but i have to do it that way every time i make popcorn, because i feel like it’s the best way! and, BEST PART of this story, i totally caught josh doing the whole fork thing with the melted butter last month when he was making us popcorn. we laughed so hard! i love how all families do things so differently.

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i also love what great helpers our kids are! i planned on taking photos of josh making this bread but samson wandered into the kitchen as we began prepping and asked what we were doing.  when he found out we were about to make bread, he exclaimed so excitedly, “can i help!?” it wasn’t long before eleanor followed in after him eager to sit on the counter and help as well.

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doubtful that tastes remotely delicious, but they always like to try whatever they are making! haha!

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this is my new favorite photo of josh! he just looks so happy and proud of his bread making skills and in a tie no less! i love this man.

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CAN’T BE TOPPED. it just can’t.

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let me know if you try it! if you do, i hope you love it. :)

  1. Jess.

    I LOVE your popcorn story! You’re a sweet family. I know the no-knead bread that’s all the rage lately is baked in a hot dutch oven-type pan (le Creuset or similar), so maybe people could try that if they don’t have a cloche to use (yet). Fresh-baked bread is so dreamy, and it makes a house smell like a home! xox

  2. Molly

    Gorgeous photos, as always! :) I am loving the group of freckles peeking out across E’s cheeks!! That bread looks so delicious and I’m absolutely going to have to try making it sometime soon! xo

  3. Cynthia Sue

    Homemade bread is definitely the best bread!

  4. YUM! I’m definitely trying this recipe. Seems easy! Thank you!!

  5. That bread looks amazing! I have tried so many times to bake bread, it’s like the number 1 thing on my list of things I want to achieve in life (okay slight exaggeration maybe top 5 haha). I even took a cooking class, made a decent loaf there but then have been unable to replicate it at home! They always come out under proved and under baked :( I’ll have to give your recipe a go!

  6. hanna

    The bread looks great! –Hanna Lei

  7. this looks so delicious!!! i actually tried my hand at homemade pizza so i can totally tackle homemade bread! i’m definitely going to make this within the next few weeks and let you know how it comes out!!

    link to my pizza post here

  8. I tried once to make a baguette style bread but it turned out to be as hard as a hockey stick when I tried to eat it.

    This recipe makes me want to try again thought!

    Especially since we are trying to get our kids involved in the cooking process too so that they enjoy a lifelong love of great food.

    Beautiful pictures!

  9. Casey

    You can also use a dutch oven if you don’t have a cloche! Beautiful bread, even more beautiful family :)

  10. Ringa

    I bought a bread machine a year ago and we now daly have fresh bread without all the hard work.

  11. Lauren

    How fun! Love that you guys keep this going in your family, I’ll definitely have to try this recipie! Thanks for sharing Namoi!
    Xoxo, Lauren
    http://www.darlingindenim.com

  12. Mia

    Gahhhh! Now I’m craving bread! Lol looks so good

  13. Emily

    Looks delicious. What sort of jam are you using? I’m starting the adventure of cutting added-sugar from my diet, but smuckers strawberry jam is, well, my jam! Having a hard time thinking anything could replace it…

  14. maye kim

    Hi!! I love your family!! question: when you preheat the cloche in over for 450 degrees, how long do you do that for before you put the dough in the cloche?

  15. Lauren Bee

    Those sun kisses all over your girl’s nose are adorable.

    I love making bread!Thanks for sharing this recipe. My favourite to make is rosemary and olive oil bread. I found it on A Beautiful Mess and swear by it! All time fave :) I agree, there’s nothing better than homemade bread still warm from the oven.

  16. Naseem

    Naomi, does this make two loaves? You said cut the dough in half and place in their own oiled bowls, so I’m assuming two loaves. I’m going to try this tomorrow in my new (used) Dutch oven! Will let you know how it turns out! Thanks for sharing this bit of your life with us

  17. I love your photos so much. They have that spirit of amazing life. That bread recipe is fabulous simple.

  18. Olive

    Where is Eleanor’s adorable outfit from?

  19. It’s looks like french bread!!! yummy!!well done
    kisses from France

  20. This looks delicious! Great to see cooking traditions being passed down to through the generations. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  21. Linda

    Where do you find jam sans sugar?
    Need some in my life!! :)

    • TAZA

      it’s truly impossible! that toast with jam on it in the picture was one of the kiddos slice’s. the jam is from sqirl in LA which we got on our trip a few months ago, but unfortunately it has sugar. i miss jam a lot these days!!! :)

  22. alma

    I am so glad I finally saw your blog about how to make a delicious homemade bread because I love making bread and this will be an addition to my bread homemaking styles :D Love you, your family and your adventures :)

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  24. Oh my HEAVEN! Seriously I can almost smell (and taste it)! Well, I guess I know what I am doing this weekend!

  25. Mallory

    Seeing this post and how it makes bread-making look easy and enjoyable brings up my life’s culinary dream to make a good loaf of bread! Every year for the last 5 years I get new urges to try my hand at bread making, and I always fail *heart breaks*. However, that cloche looks really neat…maybe it’s time for my yearly bread making fix with a new weapon in my arsenal….

  26. Ella

    That bread looks so delicious! I wonder if it would work well in a cast iron pan? Either way, I’m going to give this recipe a try.

  27. Rachel

    This looks so good. Homemade bread is the best. We make twist and share bread which is salted on the outside! So good!
    On the jam front, I saw a comment earlier. You should look up diabetic jam. No added sugar. Might be pricey but coulr be worth it! Or make your own with a sugar substitute like fruit syrup sugar.

    Rach // illustratedteacup.com

  28. Jamie

    My mouth is watering! Time to go make some homemade bread. :) Thanks for this easy to follow post!