Homemade Bread Like Grandma Used to Make

Updated on January 18, 2020
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Loraine, wife, mother and grandmother shares favorite family recipes. Most are easy to make, 'cause she doesn't like to stay in the kitchen.

My Grandmother's Recipe

Did your grandmother make the best homemade bread? Would you like to make some for your family today? Would you like to learn how to make homemade bread like Grandma used to make?

If you're wondering how to make homemade bread, read on: I'm going to share the recipe my mother and grandmother used. As a matter of fact, when I was a kid we didn't buy bread. My mother baked bread at least once a week. She used a recipe passed down by her mother.

For about the first 10 years of my marriage, I also baked bread. But when the kids discovered the soft, airy purchased bread, they wanted that kind. And since I was busy enough with all the other duties of a young mother, it wasn't hard to give up the bread making.

Today, homemade bread is a real treat. When I make a batch of bread today, I make one or two loaves and use the rest of the dough to make dinner rolls or cinnamon rolls. I want to help you experience the satisfaction of baking your own bread by sharing with you my family's recipe.


  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 (1/4 oz.) packages dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tablespoons lard or oil
  • 10 cups regular flour, plus more for kneading


  1. Dissolve the yeast and the teaspoon of sugar in the 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Let it rise. Make sure the water is lukewarm, if it is too hot it will kill the yeast.
  2. Place the 4 cups of water in a large bowl. Add the sugar, salt, and lard or oil and mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir in 4 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time.
  4. Add the yeast mixture and stir thoroughly.
  5. Add about 6 more cups of flour, stirring between each cup. The dough will be thick.
  6. Put the dough on a flour-covered countertop and knead more flour in until the dough is slightly sticky and elastic.
  7. Place in a large oiled or sprayed bowl and let it rise until it has doubled in size. The time it takes to rise depends on the temperature in the room.
  8. Punch down the dough and let it rise again.
  9. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces (if making 4 loaves of bread) or divide as needed for rolls. After making the loaves or rolls, let them rise in the pan (until they have again about doubled in size) before baking.
  10. For bread loaves: bake bread for about 1 hour at 375 degrees or until golden brown. For rolls: Bake about 30 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown.

Notes for Cinnamon Rolls

  1. With a rolling pin and on the floured countertop, roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Spread softened butter all over the surface of the flattened dough.
  3. Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in 1/2 cup sugar and sprinkle the mixture over the buttered dough.
  4. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a 9"x13" pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over the butter.

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Photo Guide

Knead the Dough

Place in an Oiled Bowl

Let Rise Until Doubled in Size

Prepare Pan for Cinnamon Rolls

Make Into Loaves

Making Cinnamon Rolls

Roll It Up

Cut the Rolls

Let Them Rise

Caramel Cinnamon Rolls

Frosted Cinnamon Rolls

Loaf of Bread

Raisin Bread Loaf

Results From One Batch of Bread

Give us this day our daily bread, O Father in heaven, and grant that we who are filled with good things from Your open hand, may never close our hearts to the hungry, the homeless, and the poor; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Questions & Answers

    © 2011 Loraine Brummer

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        5 years ago

        thank you for this site..it reminded me of my grandmother...when I was a child every monday she would make 4 loaves of homemade bread...her arms where soooooo very strong...and ummmm the smell was like nothing else as we kids would be outside playing and waiting for that bread to come out of the oven and spread it with real butter...back then I didn't have to worry about my weight...:):)

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        6 years ago

        I've started to bake my own bread about a year ago, and was surprised to find that I don't like the store-bought bread anymore! Will try the cinnamon rolls - just looking at the pictures makes me hungry.

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        6 years ago

        I usually bake our bread. Had not thought of putting so much sugar in the dough and combining bread baking with making rolls. Good idea!

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        6 years ago

        This bread recipe is awesome! I just took all of mine out the oven, and I even put some dough in the freezer for another day. I can't wait to make it again. I like the fact that you have a 4 loaf recipe that can make an array of different baked goods. Thanks for taking the time to put it on the Internet.

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        6 years ago

        The bread recipe made a very good bread! I am making the cinnamon rolls next. If they come out as good ast the bread, I will be making them all the time.

      • KandDMarketing profile image


        7 years ago

        My wife is the baker in the family. She makes wonderful breads!

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        Gloria Freeman 

        7 years ago from Alabama USA

        Hi Love home made bread,never make any I do not have a easy recipe.It all look so good, thanks for sharing.great lens.

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        Loraine Brummer 

        8 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

        @writerkath: My mother in law made bread like her mother in law did. They just measured with their hands, a hand ful of this and a hand full of that-----I never even tried that method, but evidently it was the way some did it. My mother in law made great bread though.

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        8 years ago

        Beautiful! My grandmother on my mom's side made the BEST homemade bread I have ever had. One of my husband's sisters - who is a terrific baker - tried to help me replicate it, and we were close, but no cigar... I honestly don't know EXACTLY how my grandma made it. I remember her putting a handful or so of crushed saltines into the mix (I think)... but I'm not 100% sure. I love the looks of your cinnamon rolls! I'm bookmarking this lens so I can refer to it! Thank you so much! :) *Blessed* Kath

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        8 years ago

        I can't wait to make the cinnamon rolls for my dad!! Somehow I'll bet they'll remind him of home...

      • iWriteaLot profile image


        8 years ago

        Those cinnamon rolls look incredible. I can make pizza dough from scratch. So I bet I could do this. Thanks! heading to the kitchen....

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        8 years ago

        Another Angel blessing for you. This is the best lens I have blessed this week.

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        Lisa Auch 

        8 years ago from Scotland

        Oh my! this is going to be delighful for the winter holidays! my husband is actually a great baker,andhaswanted to try homemade bread we are going to save this page, and we will come back to you and tell you how we get on! (you do make it look so easy!) Blessed by an Angel who loves homemade Bread!

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        8 years ago

        My mom used to make cinnamon rolls that looked like these. They were delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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        8 years ago

        great lens! God, I am hungry now....

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        8 years ago

        Very helpful lens! Thanks for sharing! I like it :)

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        Alexandra Douglas 

        8 years ago from Florida

        Now I am hungry! Awesome lens!

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        8 years ago

        What an awesome introduction to baking, I wish I had found this when I first started. The recipe I use is very similar to yours and it creates some awesome results.I love how much better homemade bread is compared to store bought!A word of warning though, when you make the homemade cinnamon buns, it is very hard to keep from eating them all ;)

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        8 years ago

        Your bread looks delicious! Thank you for showing us pictures of the step by step process, it makes it all the more enjoyable. Can you ship those frosted cinnamon rolls here haha.

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        desa999 lm 

        8 years ago

        I can smell your bread from here, beautiful. Thank you.

      • KimGiancaterino profile image


        8 years ago

        Yummy ... looks delicious!

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        8 years ago

        I wish i could reach into the screen and grab me some of those tasty looking cinnamon rolls.

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        Ruth Coffee 

        8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

        Oh, my. The bread and cinnamon rolls look so incredible. I really HAVE to try this. Thanks for the recipe.

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        8 years ago

        good lens, i never thought about using butter and sugar to coat the pan.

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        Fay Favored 

        8 years ago from USA

        Love homemade baked goods. Don't make them as often as I did in the past. Only around the holidays.

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        8 years ago

        homemade breads are the BEST! Great lens.

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        8 years ago

        Thanks for sharing love cinnamon rolls

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        8 years ago

        looks great! thanks for sharing!

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        lasertek lm 

        8 years ago

        Now I'm hungry. Thanks for sharing.

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        8 years ago

        Loraine, these look wonderful. Thanks for sharing the family recipe, I can't wait to try this. Thanks much!!

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        8 years ago

        I love this lens! I'm a huge fan of bread I can eat it just plain and this gives me some plans for cooking this week thanks a lot!

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        8 years ago

        I don't bake but I love eating bread and those look mighty tasty =)

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        najem lm 

        8 years ago

        This lens looks amazing! I have already printed lens and will start to bake this bread to my friends!

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        Johanna Eisler 

        8 years ago

        Yum.... I want some! Now! Thank you so much for sharing, and congratulations for making the front page!

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        8 years ago

        The frosted cinnamon rolls look out of this world! Wonderful lens!

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        8 years ago from Kansas City

        Very nice! We bake bread, too, and we'll have to try your Grandma's recipe... it looks wonderful.

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        8 years ago

        I have never made bread before, but now after visiting your lens, I do really want to :) Thanks for sharing this with us!

      • Northwestphotos profile image


        8 years ago

        Yummy recipes here! I have always found that whenever I baked my own bread, it grew stale pretty fast. Best to eat it fresh out of the oven!

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        8 years ago

        I've made bread before, not too shabby, but I'm really going to have to make some of those cinnamon rolls, thanks for that.

      • KhairuZiya profile image


        8 years ago

        great lens, thank's for sharing

      • JohnMichael2 profile image


        8 years ago

        I include cinnamon in my raisin bread ... adds flavor and health benef

      • Ataraxia1 profile image


        8 years ago

        Yum, your lens is making me hungry!

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        8 years ago

        Thank you for sharing! I will be trying this as soon as possible. Perfect timing with holiday celebrations around the corner.

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        8 years ago

        Just looking at the illustrations makes me hungry for Grandma's breads! (Now don't you know all that bread products is hard on the waistline?! ) BUT WHAT A WAY FOR A FIGURE TO GO!!

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        8 years ago

        I used to make my own bread, but it's too hot here to want to use my oven that much! I also loved using extra bread dough for making pizza. Yum!

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        Anthony Altorenna 

        8 years ago from Connecticut

        The cinnamon rolls look great, and I wish that I could have one (or three) right now!

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        8 years ago

        Ohmygosh, I think I just gained 5 lbs via this lens! What wonderful pictures - I could almost smell these loaves, and the cinnamon rolls...well, let's just say they remind me so much of my mom's rolls (which were from her grandmother's recipe), it makes me want to makes some. Except...it's midnight, so I probably shouldn't. Or should I? :)

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        8 years ago

        your recipes and photos that you shot look really good on your lens, great personal touch and care you took in putting this together, I am an admirer of your work, see you around!

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 

        8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        Oh my! I think I could actually smell the bread cooking. Yummy.

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        8 years ago

        I do bake my own bread but I've never been brave enough to try cinnamon rolls - you make it look like something I could do though. Excellent lens.

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        AnnaAdam LM 

        8 years ago

        Lovely presentation about cinnamon rolls my mouth is watering. Very good pictures and well written lens.

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        8 years ago

        My mouth is watering for those cinnamon rolls. Lovely lens. =)

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        Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

        8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        I'm starving after looking at these beautiful bread and rolls photos. I'm going to the kitchen now and see what I can do to make some of these. Thanks for sharing your family story on breadmaking and for the recipes. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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        andreaberrios lm 

        8 years ago

        WOW, this lens is just delicious! ;) Blessed*

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        8 years ago

        I think I can smell it baking. I have a craving from bread now. hmmmm.... Good Job!

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        Nathalie Roy 

        8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

        I love the smell of freshly baked bread. I use to make break while in Canada, but since I moved to Paris I don't any longer. The cinnamon rolls look great too (love them with lots of butter)

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        Odille Rault 

        8 years ago from Gloucester

        Love the smell of baking bread! Great lens! Blessed. :)

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        Loraine Brummer 

        8 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

        @JillY88: Thanks, JillY88, for your comment. I looked this up on the Red Star site to make sure I had it right--one packet of dry yeast is 1/4 ounce, which equals 2 1/4 teaspoons. I use two packets to make four loaves. The bread can be made with just one packet of yeast, but it takes longer for the dough to rise. Thanks

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        8 years ago

        I use to make my own bread all the time and it was good, mostly from a packet. The smell is the best part. I am going to bookmark this lens and try it from scratch. One question though- you say two packets yeast, what size are we talking? Thanks for sharing your grandmothers recipe, I hope It turns out just like hers. Top lens.

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        Susanna Duffy 

        8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

        I'm heading for my kitchen right now to start a dough. I want to make some bread and rolls just like your grandmother used to make

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        8 years ago

        Your pictures really enhance the text. You got my mouth watering. I don't really care for baking but you're definitely tempting me to consider it this winter.

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        8 years ago

        This is mouth-watering.

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        8 years ago

        awesome ... keep up the good work !

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        8 years ago

        Very yummy!

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        8 years ago

        awesome lens.i am hungry now


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