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How to Cook Butternut Squash (4 methods, how to cut, storage guide)

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Learn how to cook butternut squash more than 4 ways! Slow cooker, Instant Pot, roasted in cubes, roasted in half, and more!Learn how to cook butternut squash more than 4 ways! Slow cooker, Instant Pot, roasted in cubes, roasted in half, and more!

Learn how to cook butternut squash more than 4 ways! Slow cooker, Instant Pot, roasted in cubes, roasted in half, and more!

Image of roasted butternut squash in a tutorial of how to cook squash.

Image of roasted butternut squash in a tutorial of how to cook squash.

 

Isn’t squash season the greatest? 

My site already includes many many ways to prepare butternut squash, from soups (umm, the amount of butternut squash soup recipes on Rachel Cooks is a little excessive, actually), to salads, to mashes, and even healthy queso dip

You have also loved my tutorials on how to cook acorn squash, how to cook delicata squash, how to cook spaghetti squash, and most recently, how to cook kabocha squash, so I figured it was due time for butternut squash to get its moment in the spotlight.

After all, it’s arguably the most popular variety of squash. 

As with the other squash varieties, there are a few different ways to cook butternut squash. 

Buckle up, there’s a lot of info here! I outlined it the best I could so that you can scroll to whatever information you need! 

Image of whole butternut squash.Image of whole butternut squash.

Butternut Squash

Here’s what you’ll learn in this post:

  • How to peel and cut a butternut squash
  • How to roast butternut squash cubes
  • How to roast butternut squash halves
  • How to cook butternut squash in the Instant Pot
  • How to cook butternut squash in a slow cooker
  • A few other little nuggets, including how to freeze squash

How to Peel and Cut a Butternut Squash

Most important thing to remember here: Get yourself a large cutting board, a good vegetable peeler, and a sharp knife. AND BE CAREFUL. I am not responsible for any accidents!

I’m going to take you through this, step-by-step. This is the process to achieve cubed butternut squash. If you want to roast squash halves, cut from top to bottom (stem to end) and scoop out the seeds. No peeling necessary!

Step 1

Wash squash thoroughly using a vegetable brush. Technically, yes, you’re going to peel it, but you want to start with a clean squash, otherwise the dirt will get on your hands, which will be on the squash. Just wash it. Next, use a good vegetable peeler to peel the squash. I like to peel down past the green lines that you might see right under the peel. You can leave them on, it’s up to you! 

image of a peeled butternut squash

image of a peeled butternut squash

Step 2

Next, you’ll want to trim off the ends and cut the squash in half near the neck. The seeds will all be in the bottom portion.

Image of a butternut squash, peeled and cut in two pieces. Top and bottom are also cut off.

Image of a butternut squash, peeled and cut in two pieces. Top and bottom are also cut off.

Step 3

Cut each of the halves in half again, this time from top to bottom. Stand them up on end when you do this so they’re steady on a flat surface.

Image of a butternut squash, peeled and cut into quarters

Image of a butternut squash, peeled and cut into quarters

Step 4

Get rid of the seeds! I like to use a grapefruit spoon to help me scrape out the seeds, but you can also use a normal spoon or your fingers. The little teeth on a grapefruit spoon make it so easy, though.

Image of a peeled butternut squash with the seeds removed.

Image of a peeled butternut squash with the seeds removed.

Step 5

Cut into cubes, whatever size you’d like for your recipe! Remember, the larger the cube, the longer they will take to cook. I like to cut them in 3/4 to 1-inch cubes. They don’t have to be perfect, but you want them to be somewhat uniform in size so that they cook evenly.

Image of a butternut squash, cut into cubes.

Image of a butternut squash, cut into cubes.

My favorite tools for peeling and cutting squash:

 

How to Roast Butternut Squash Cubes

The best way to roast butternut squash cubes is with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Of course, you can add any seasonings you like. Roasted butternut squash cubes are a fantastic side dish to any meal, but are also perfect on salads. They are tasty on a vegetarian taco or this fall-inspired flatbread. Roasting the squash brings out the flavor, so you can also use this method of cooking squash if you’re making squash soup. It’s an extra step, but it’s often worth it; it’s amazing in this roasted butternut squash soup.

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. 
  • On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash cubes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. For a medium sized squash, I’d recommend 1-2 tablespoons oil, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8-1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Make sure all of the squash is coated with oil.
  • Place in oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring once, or until squash is golden brown and fork tender. Don’t overcook it or it will get mushy.

Image of roasted butternut squash cubes.

Image of roasted butternut squash cubes.

How to make it your own:

  • Try using a different type of oil. Coconut oil (melted) is a perfect choice and avocado oil also works well.
  • Add spices! Cinnamon is a great choice, but you can also go more savory with some sage or cayenne. Try this spicy sweet roasted butternut squash!
  • If you cut the squash smaller or larger, it will change the cooking time. Plan on a longer cooking time if you left the squash in large cubes, shorter cooking time for small cubes.

Image of spicy sweet butternut squash in a small white bowl.

Image of spicy sweet butternut squash in a small white bowl.

How to Roast Butternut Squash Halves 

This method is perfect for mashes and soups. It’s easy and doesn’t require any peeling, which is a huge bonus. You can roast a butternut squash cut side up or cut side down. If you do it cut side down, it will likely get a little more browned. There’s great flavor there! Cut side up is perfect if you want to add any flavorings like brown sugar and butter. My mom always made it that way and it was sooo good.

Roasting the squash halves is also a great method if you plan to make stuffed squash. This stuffed butternut squash is amazing (you can’t really go wrong with bacon and cheddar).

It takes a little longer to cook a squash this way than it does to cook cubed butternut squash, so take that into consideration.  

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. If desired, line a pan with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up. 
  • Scrub squash clean. Slice squash in half from stem to end. You can trim the stem end off to make it easier to slice through. I leave it on because I like the way it looks but most people snap it off.  Scoop out seeds.
  • Coat cut sides with oil (I like to use olive oil), and sprinkle with salt and pepper (no need to go crazy, you can add more later). 
  • Roast for 35 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the squash. You want it to be tender when pierced with a fork in the middle.

Image of two roasted butternut squash halves.

Image of two roasted butternut squash halves.

How to Cook a Butternut Squash in an Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is just a jack of all trades, isn’t it? There are a couple ways you can do this.

Cooking a whole butternut squash in an Instant Pot:

This requires a squash that will fit completely inside your pressure cooker, which isn’t always possible to find. However, this is the easiest and quickest method, as it doesn’t require any cutting or peeling. It can be a little tricky, because cooking time will vary based on the size and thickness of the squash.

  • Place trivet/steamer basket in the bottom of Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of water.
  • Put squash into the pot and seal the lid. Set for high pressure for 30 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. 
  • Carefully remove squash, cut it in half, scoop out seeds, and then scoop out flesh. 

Cooking a quartered or halved butternut squash in an Instant Pot:

This is the next easiest way if the entire squash doesn’t fit inside your pressure cooker and there’s a lot less cooking time.

  • Place trivet/steamer basket in the bottom of Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of water.
  • Scrub squash and cut into quarters. Remove seeds. Seal the lid of your pressure cooker. Set for high pressure for 10 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. 
  • Carefully remove squash sections and scoop out flesh. 

Cooking butternut squash cubes in an Instant Pot:

Honestly, if you’re going through the trouble of chopping up the squash, it will be way more flavorful if you roast it…buuuuut if you want to do it in the pressure cooker, you can! 

  • Wash, peel, de-seed, and chop squash (scroll up if you need help with those steps). 
  • Place a steamer basket in the bottom of Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of water.
  • Add squash and cook for 5 minutes. Quick release pressure. Squash will be perfectly tender, ready to make into a delicious soup.

How to Cook Butternut Squash in a Slow Cooker

I’ve already done a post on how to cook butternut squash in the slow cooker so check that out if you’re looking to cook it slowly while you’re off taking care of other business! This method is great for mashes and soup recipes. It would be a great way to cook the squash if you were planning to make this butternut squash mash with smoked paprika.

You can also use the slow cooker for some complete recipes that include squash, like this slow cooker creamy chicken soup with quinoa and squash, or these slow cooker Moroccan chicken thighs. 

Method:

  • Stick butternut squash in the crockpot (I like to line it with foil for quick clean-up, you can also wrap the squash in foil)
  • Cook for 4-8 hours on high or until tender enough to pierce with a fork.
  • Once it’s tender, remove from the slow cooker and let it cool enough so you can handle it safely.
  • Carefully cut it in half from stem to end, being careful for steam. Remove seeds and scoop out the flesh.

How to Store and Freeze Cooked Butternut Squash

Store cooked squash in an airtight container in the fridge, or a zip-top bag or other airtight container in the freezer. If you want to freeze cooked butternut squash cubes, place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze until solid before moving them to a freezer bag or container. This will prevent them from sticking to each other. 

How long does butternut squash last?

Cooked butternut squash will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge in a covered container, or 3-4 months in the freezer. Uncooked, uncut squash will keep for 3-4 months in a cool, dry place. Discard if it becomes soft, squishy, or moldy.

PS: If you’re still here at the bottom of this post, I am impressed! You must love squash as much as I do. Make sure to check out our ultimate guide to winter squash, plus over 17 great recipes using winter squash.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized butternut squash (between 2 ½ and 3 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon olive oil (for oven methods)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste (for oven methods)
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper, or to taste (for oven methods)

Instructions

OVEN METHOD, halved:

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Place parchment paper or foil in baking pan that is large enough to hold both halves of the squash.
  2. Scrub squash well with vegetable brush, cut in half, remove seeds. Brush with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place on prepared baking pan, cut side up or cut side down. 
  3. Bake 35-60 minutes, depending on size of squash, or until fork tender (easily pierced with fork).
  4. Cool slightly and carefully scrape cooked squash from skin with a large spoon. Place cooked squash into large bowl.


OVEN METHOD, cubed:

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash cubes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. For a medium sized squash, I’d recommend 1-2 tablespoons oil, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8-1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Make sure all of the squash is coated with oil.
  3. Place in oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring once, or until squash is golden brown and fork tender. Don’t overcook it or it will get mushy.

SLOW COOKER METHOD:

  1. Scrub squash well with vegetable brush. Place whole squash into slow cooker. I recommend lining with foil for easy clean-up.
  2. Cook on low for 4-8 hours on high, or until easily pierced with fork. 
  3. Remove from slow cooker, cool slightly, cut in half, discard seeds, and carefully scrape cooked squash from skin. Place cooked squash into bowl.

INSTANT POT/PRESSURE COOKER METHOD:

  1. For all methods, place steamer basket in bottom of Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.
  2. For a whole squash, scrub squash well with vegetable brush. Place in steamer basket. Seal lid and set for high pressure for 30 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes before carefully removing lid.
  3. For a quartered squash, scrub squash well with vegetable brush. Cut into quarters and remove seeds. Place in steamer basket. Seal lid and set for high pressure for 10 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes before carefully removing lid.
  4. For squash cubes, scrub squash well with vegetable brush. Peel, remove seeds, and cut into cubes. Place in steamer basket. Seal lid and set for high pressure for 5 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes before carefully removing lid.

Notes

    • Cook and prep times indicated in this recipe card are for method of preparation that involves baking the squash halves in the oven.
    • You can easily freeze the cooked squash after removing it from the skins. Place in airtight freezer container or freezer bag.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 51
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Unsaturated Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 134mg
Carbohydrates: 5g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 1g
Protein: 0g

RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

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 This classic dessert gets a modern upgrade. Make Salted Caramel Rice Pudding from scratch and enjoy a decadent twist on an old fashioned favorite. 

Rice Pudding

You might be thinking that rice pudding is your grandma’s dessert, especially if you’re picturing raisins in a bland, gelatinous blob of rice. Not this rice pudding! This from-scratch recipe is both timeless and super simple to make. Also, it results in a decadent dessert you and your grandma will love. Delicious, creamy, salty, and sweet—this rice pudding has it all!

Rice pudding exists as a dessert in many different forms the world over. Rice is a staple in so many countries, and has that sweet, mild flavor that can be made into a savory side dish, a yummy Mexican drink, or a sweet dessert. This recipe uses Arborio rice, the same kind that is used to make risotto, as it is less starchy and keeps its form a little better than other rices. If you’ve never made rice pudding or caramel before, it could be especially helpful to watch the video and see how it’s done.
To make this yummy dessert, you will start by boiling Arborio rice in milk, egg and sugar and then setting that to simmer. Then you will make an easy from-scratch caramel sauce by melting sugar in a saucepan, adding butter, and then adding heavy cream and salt. This sumptuous sauce is what you will mix into and drizzle over the rice pudding for a seriously tasty treat.

  • Can this be made with regular rice?

    Yes. We prefer the creamier texture of Arborio rice, but regular white rice will also work just fine. Reduce the cooking time to about 20 minutes.

  • Can rice pudding be made in a rice cooker?

    No. This recipe requires a low simmer with stirring in order to reach the right consistency, as the rice is boiled in milk and sugar.

  • Do add-ins go well with rice pudding? What other items can I add besides salted caramel?

    Absolutely. Rice pudding is kind of like vanilla ice cream. It is creamy and sweet and can mix well with lots of different flavors. If you want a little more sumpin’ sumpin’ with your rice pudding, you can try sprinkling some toasted pecans on it, sliced bananas, cinnamon, chocolate chips, apple slices, or even the traditional raisins.

If you need a caramel fix, check out these other amazing recipes and caramel creations:

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Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

This classic dessert gets a modern upgrade. Make Salted Caramel Rice Pudding from scratch and enjoy a decadent twist on an old fashioned favorite. 

Cook Time35 mins

Total Time35 mins

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Ingredients

Rice Pudding

  • 3/4 cup arborio rice
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter diced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan make the rice pudding. First put the rice in the pan. Whisk together milk, sugar, egg, salt, and vanilla. Pour over rice.

  • Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer 20 to 30 minutes until rice is cooked and absorbed most of the liquid, leaving a creamy sauce.

  • Meanwhile, make the salted caramel sauce. In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula, scrapping the sides as you go. Once the sugar melts and turns a golden brown, add in butter until melted. Pour in heavy cream and bring to a simmer, without increasing the heat. Simmer 90 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in salt.

  • Stir 2/3rd of the salted caramel mixture into the rice pudding, reserving the remaining 1/3rd for drizzling over the top.

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 205mg | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 17.6% | Calcium: 15.8% | Iron: 6.8%

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Caramel Rice Pudding

Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

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5 Ingredient Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding requires just 5 ingredients to make the most decadent, luscious pudding you have ever had!

Chocolate Pudding Recipe

You might be picturing those little prepackaged cups you can throw into your lunch, but chocolate pudding can be so much more! Thicker and creamier than a mousse, chocolate pudding is just as decedent and rich. When you make this chocolate pudding recipe, you will get an idea of how fancy pudding can be. Family dessert, party dessert or romantic dessert—any which way you cut it, this from-scratch perfect pudding is sure to please!

This dessert features a butter and cornstarch base, with heavy cream, sugar and chocolate chips melted together in a saucepan, then cooled for an hour in the refrigerator. Voila! It only takes a few minutes to make and a whole lot of patience to wait for it to set before you can savor it. But guess what? It’s worth the wait!

  • Can I use milk instead of heavy cream?

    Yes. We much prefer the heavy whipping cream for both taste and texture, but it is possible to use whole milk instead. If you choose to use whole milk, increase the cornstarch to two full tablespoons.

  • Can I use baker’s chocolate instead of chocolate chips?

    Swapping the chocolate chips out will change the texture and taste of this pudding. You can do it, but we recommend the chocolate chips. If you choose to use baker’s chocolate, substitute the chocolate chips for 6 ounces of baker’s chocolate. Increase the sugar to half a cup and the butter to three tablespoons.

  • Can chocolate pudding be made into a pie?

    Yes! This pudding is wonderful as a chocolate pie. You will want to double the recipe if you are filling a 9 inch pie plate that is one and a half inches deep or deeper. You can also just prepare the recipe as directed and add a layer of whipped cream.

 

PRO TIP: When it comes to heating milk or cream, gentle and slow is the way to go. If milk or cream gets too much heat, or heats to quickly it can scorch. Stirring constantly helps prevent scorching because it keeps the liquid flowing so that none of it should be touching the sides of the pan long enough for scorching to occur.

Chocolate lover? We’ve got you covered. Check out these other delicious chocolate treasures:

 

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5 Ingredient Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding requires just 5 ingredients to make the most decadent, luscious pudding you’ve ever had!

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time5 mins

Cooling Time1 hr

Total Time1 hr 10 mins

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Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once completely melted, add in the cornstarch and whisk until cornstarch is well combined. Let cook 1 minute.

  • Whisk in the heavy cream and sugar. Stir continually while slowly increasing the heat to medium-high.

  • When the cream thickens and starts to simmer, immediately remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the chocolate chips until completely melted. Pour into serving glasses or a bowl.

  • Cover and let cool in the refrigerator until and serve when completely cooled and set, at least 1 hour.

Notes

While the pudding is cooling, place plastic wrap directly onto the top of the pudding in order to prevent a skin from forming. The plastic wrap should touch the top of the pudding directly. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 777kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 41g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 38.9% | Vitamin C: 0.9% | Calcium: 10.5% | Iron: 15.8%

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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Ultimate Guide to Homemade Bread

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The Ultimate Guide to Homemade Bread starts with a classic base recipe and then covers all of the common substitutions to guide you in customizing your bread to your own needs so you can create your own perfect loaf. 

Homemade Bread

There is probably no smell on earth that is more inviting, comforting and symbolic of home than homemade bread. It is like a magnet for family and friends. Many of us have a recipe we’ve tried or one that has been passed down through family and friends. But making bread is also a science. There is a lot that goes into it and there are a lot of possible variations. We’ve included some of those here. After making many loaves of bread and trying many variations, the recipe we decided we like best for its taste and texture is made with milk instead of water, and requires very little kneading.

You will start by warming the milk in the microwave, and then combining that with all of the other ingredients in a stand mixer and letting it knead until a dough ball is formed. This only takes a couple minutes. That dough is placed in a greased bowl to rise for 90 minutes and then transferred to two greased bread pans to rise for another 60 minutes. The bread is then baked for 20 minutes covered and 20 minutes uncovered. Then, it will cool for another 20 minutes. You’re going to learn that the hardest part about this recipe is waiting to eat the bread!

 

SUBSTITUTION GUIDE

  • Water vs. Milk

    Milk changes bread recipes by producing a softer loaf, due to the milk fat content, which also gives bread a richer flavor. Bread made with milk browns more easily than bread made with water, as lactose or milk sugar will caramelize as it bakes.

  • Oil vs. Butter

    Butter has a lower smoke point than oil, meaning it will brown before oil will when baked. While butter and oil are interchangeable in the same amount when making bread, using butter does produce a better flavor.

  • Honey vs. Sugar vs. Sugar Replacement

    Honey and sugar are fairly interchangeable. You can replace sugar with honey in the same amount. Sugar replacements vary and usually come with instructions for substitution and what amounts to use. The kind of sweetener you use in making bread will alter the end result. Honey may add a floral element, depending on the source of your honey, while artificial sweeteners may add a metallic after taste.

  • Instant Dry Yeast vs. Active Dry Yeast

    This recipe calls for Instant Dry Yeast which requires no proofing time. If you choose to use active dry yeast in this recipe you can do so in the same quantity and proof the yeast by adding it to the warm milk along with the sugar and letting this mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.

  • Wheat vs. White

    Wheat flour is heavier and more coarse than white flour and will produce a more dense bread.  You can use all wheat, a combination of half wheat and half white flour, or use all white flour. The results are pictured below.

Visual Differences Between Whole Wheat and All White Bread

  • What if I don’t have a stand mixer? Can I make homemade bread by hand?

    You don’t need a stand mixer, you can knead this bread by hand. It is physically more work, but it doesn’t require a lot of kneading. You only need to knead the dough until all of the ingredients are combined and a dough ball forms that is smooth and elastic and slightly tacky to the touch.

  • Can I use this recipe in a bread machine?

    Yes. This recipe will work great in a bread machine.

  • Should I use a glass bread pan or a metal bread pan? What is the difference?

    Glass and metal conduct heat differently which means they bake bread differently too. A glass bread pan will produce a softer, less crispy crust. A metal bread pan, especially a darker metal bread pan, will produce a crispier crust that is darker brown in color. You can see the visual difference in the photo below with the loaf made in a metal pan on the left and the loaf made in a glass pan on the right.

Visual  Difference between metal pans and glass pans for baking bread

 

If you’re looking for more bread recipes, here are some of our favorites:

 

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Homemade Bread Recipe

Ultimate Guide to Homemade Bread

The Ultimate Guide to Homemade Bread starts with a classic base recipe and then covers all of the common substitutions to guide you in customizing your bread to your own needs so you can create your own perfect loaf. 

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time40 mins

Rising Time2 hrs 30 mins

Total Time3 hrs 25 mins

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Servings: 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 5 1/2-6 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • In a microwave safe bowl or cup, warm the milk until it is warm to the touch, 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the milk, sugar, yeast, salt, melted butter, and 5 cups of flour. Knead on a low setting for 1 minute until combined, Slowly increase speed and add the remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough forms a smooth and elastic ball that is soft and tacky, but not sticky. 

  • Put the dough ball into a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 90 minutes until double in size.

  • After 90 minutes, divide the dough into two equal pieces. Roll or press each piece into a 9-inch by 7-inch rectangle. Roll each lengthwise into a tight roll and pinch the ends shut.

  • Transfer each loaf into a lightly greased 9-inch by 5-inch bread loaf pan. Cover and let rise for an additional 60 minutes until double in size.

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Bake bread for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.

  • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan and letting it cool completely.

Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Water vs. Milk

    Milk changes bread recipes by producing a softer loaf, due to the milk fat content, which also gives bread a richer flavor. Bread made with milk browns more easily than bread made with water, as lactose or milk sugar will caramelize as it bakes. 

  • Oil vs. Butter

    Butter has a lower smoke point than oil, meaning it will brown before oil will when baked. While butter and oil are interchangeable in the same amount when making bread, using butter does produce a better flavor.

  • Honey vs. Sugar vs. Sugar Replacement

    Honey and sugar are fairly interchangeable. You can replace sugar with honey in the same amount. Sugar replacements vary and usually come with instructions for substitution and what amounts to use. 

  • Wheat vs. White

    Wheat flour is heavier and more coarse than white flour and will produce a more dense bread.  You can use all wheat, a combination of half wheat and half white flour, or use all white flour. 

  • Instant Dry Yeast vs. Active Dry Yeast

    This recipe calls for Instant Dry Yeast which requires no proofing time. If you choose to use active dry yeast in this recipe you can do so in the same quantity and proof the yeast by adding it to the warm milk along with the sugar and letting this mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes before proceeding with the recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75inch slice | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1.6% | Calcium: 3.1% | Iron: 7.5%

Course: Bread

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Homemade Bread

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