Spend Three minutes to Create Fresh Country Wheat Yeast Bread

A simple, light and lovely loaf of homemade wheat bread made from scratch using a bread machine with 2 minutes prep time (or by hand with 10 minutes prep time).

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Simple country elegance with a light and lovely loaf of homemade wheat bread prepared in the bread machine. Your task time is only about 3 minutes flat, I swear! Or spend just 10 minutes to prepare it by hand. Either way, it’s simple and fun. And the return on your time investment will be well worth the effort.

Retro Clock photo by Leslie Macchiarella for BakeThisBread

Bread machine bread (or hand-kneaded dough) starts with simple pantry ingredients that can be gathered and deposited into the bread machine within 3 minutes flat.

Dry Ingredients for Country Homemade Wheat Bread:
3 cups whole wheat flour (fine quality wheat flour is preferred for a lighter result)
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced, room temperature or cold
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoons evaporated dry milk powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 package of rapid rise yeast (about 2-1/2 teaspoons)

Whole Wheat Bread Ingredients in a Blue Vintage Bowl by Bake This Bread

Deposit your mix of dry ingredients and butter into the bread machine. There no need to mix the ingredients. Just slide in the whole gathered bowl of fixin’s.

Wet Ingredients for Homemade Country Wheat Bread:
1 cup warm water

That’s it! Just add 1 cup of warm water to the mix and you’ve got everything you’ll need for your upcoming fresh bread dough. Don’t you think 3 minutes covers the gathering task?

Glass Measuring Cup with 1 cup warm water for homemade yeast bread by bake this breadSet the machine to “Bread” or “Bread Rapid” (or other baked bread setting) and select a crust color (I like a “Light” crust for this bread) and you’re locked and loaded for the heavenly aroma of fresh bread. The time varies from machine to machine for a finished baked loaf of bread, but it often takes about about an hour-and-a-half for the machine to heat up the mixture, knead it and bake it.

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If you don’t have a bread machine, no worries. Just mix this same list of ingredients with a wooden spoon or dough fork (adding a little flour at a time if needed until it is no longer sticky to the touch). Then knead the dough on the counter by hand for about 7 to 8 minutes, shape it into a ball and let it rise for one hour in a warm place covered with a towel. Remove the dough ball and shape it into an oblong bread loaf for a second towel-covered one-hour rise in a bread pan and bake it in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for about 25 minutes.

Slice of homemade yeast wheat bread using bread machine on wooden cutting board by bake this bread

I suggest removing the bread immediately from the bread machine (or bread pan) when the loaf is hot from the bread machine (or oven) and cool it on the counter uncovered for about 20 minutes before packaging it in a parchment wrap or in a paper bag. Closing it up in a plastic wrap or in a plastic container when there is any trace of steam might cause the bread to become soggy. If your fresh loaf of bread is not devoured within a day, you can transfer it to a plastic container or plastic wrap it and keep it on the counter for a few days (or longer in the refrigerator).

Living in the city, as I do, oftentimes reminds me of just how much I cherish a country setting. But making up a nice loaf of bread to share with friends and family can take me back down that country road in a flash. Here’s to the simple craft of making homemade bread!

Yellow flowers at the river house photo by BakeThisBread
Yellow flowers growing on the pergola at the river house.

Thank you for joining me for this vintage baking adventure. We’ll explore lots of variations on this theme for a country loaf of bread with more tips and tricks along the way. I hope you’re following us on Bake This Cake! for homemade vintage cake recipes and also on our Instagram and Pinterest for photo inspiration.


Leslie Macchiarella in orange

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Country Roasted Pumpkin Bread #Recipe — Cooking at the River House

Nothing says homemade scratch cookin’ better than a warm slice of homemade pumpkin bread made from home-roasted pumpkins or a bit of organic canned pumpkin puree.

Baked and Butter Pumpkin Bread by the River Bake This BreadIt’s the time of year for cooking fresh and homemade. Company’s a comin! And you KNOW that starting off from scratch is the real deal. And NOTHING says LOVE more than a kitchen-crafted loaf of soft country bread. Like, what could be nicer when the weather’s cold than a warm slice of homemade pumpkin bread.This bread is glorious! Its made from a simple country white bread recipe with an added dollop of home-roasted pumpkin puree (or even a scoop of organic canned pumpkin puree).

Less than half of a mini cantelope-sized pumpkin’ll do ya for this bread if you’ll be cooking it up the slow food method. But it’s okay to use canned organic pumpkin puree (no sugar added) cause that also works well.


So if you’re making pumpkin pie (like my sister did) using fresh pumpkin for the holidays, save a little for this awesome little bread recipe and you’ll be amazed how delighted your guests will be. This bread doesn’t have a pumpkin pie flavor (because pumpkin recipes usually have cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg — this doesn’t). So the result is just bright and moist and countrified. Oh, and the orange color is pretty dang cute, did I mention that?

Thanksgiving dessert table at the river house photo by Leslie Macchiarella

We left the city for the river house to join with family and friends — and to count our blessings.

Country Table Setting at the River House BakeThisBread

 The Merced River this time of year is cold. The salmon are starting to spawn and there’ll be no fishing on the river soon as the river closes down for the winter to let the salmon run.

Riiver House Merced River in winter  photo by Leslie Macchiarella

We’re gathered around the fireplace, reading good books, chatting and cooking up some fun food events for the fam. Since we prep the food on the bar in front of the fire, the whole house grabs a bar stool to watch the action – and maybe to snatch a taste or two of the food action. Won’t you join us for a nice slice or two of this incredible easy-to-prepare homemade pumpkin bread? I think you’re going to love it, I really do.

Sliced Pumpkin Bread Loaf LifeforcePhotos for Bake This Bread

Click HERE to check out our easy instructions on how to roast a mini pumpkin for pumpkin puree. Basically, just clean a mini pumpkin and throw it in the oven at 350 until it becomes fork tender (like a baked potato), then scrape out the pumpkin and puree it in a food processor or blender until it becomes a thick paste.

Pumpkin Bread Loaf by the river photo by LifeForcePhotos for Bake This Bread

3 cups bread flour
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 teaspoons yeast (we used bread machine yeast in a jar)
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree (or fresh roasted room temperature pumpkin puree)

How to made homemade pumpkin bread:

1.) Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until it holds together.

Pumpkin Bread Dough Bake This Bread

2.) Sprinkle it with a little flour and work with your hands until the tacky or sticky feeling disappears. When the tacky feeling disappears, move it to the countertop.

Pumpkin Bread Dough on Bar with fish spoon Bake This Bread

3.) Set a timer and knead the dough, pressing firmly with the heels of your hands, for 10 minutes.

Pumpkin Bread Dough Disc Shape Bake This Bread

4.) Shape the dough into smooth disc and place it in large buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

Pumpkin Bread Dough First RestBake This Bread

5.) Let the covered dough rise for 1 hour in a warm spot (like the oven with just a light on inside).

Here’s what it looks like when it has risen for 1 hour…

Pumpkin Bread Dough at end of First Rise Bake This Bread

6.) Remove the dough from the rising bowl and knead it for 1 minute and shape it for final baking shape. Place the shaped dough into a buttered bread pan.

Pumpkin Bread Dough Second Rise in Bread Pan Bake This Bread

7.) Let the dough rise uncovered for 1 hour or until the bread just starts to rise over the top of the bread pan. I like to spray it with a light spray of water a few times to keep it moist.

8.) Bake it in pre-heated 350 oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown (internal temperature shoud be about 185 degrees).

Now you’ve got yourself a country soft servin bread, whoo hoo!

Leslie cutting Pumpkin Bread BakeThisBread photo by LifeForcePhotos

Serve it warm with honey butter. yum! Store the bread wrapped in wax paper or in a brown paper bag or wrapped in parchment.Sliced Fresh Pumpkin Bread cropped homemade Bake This Bread

Thank you for joining me on this homemade bread making journey! Check out our vintage cake recipes at Bake This Cake! and we’ll have some history fun in the kitchen together.

Let me know how it goes if you choose this bread recipe for your holiday table (and remember I love photos)! 😀


Leslie Macchiarella sq photo by Julie Macchiarella