43 Homemade Bread with Kefir

Babcia’s recipe for easy homemade sourdough. Ever tried making your own bread?

You would think that making bread at home requires special equipment (like special bread oven) or incredible skills or amazing amount of effort. Nothing more wrong. My own Nan proved me that making bread can be quite easy. And how delicious the bread she made was! A bit sour, not too dry, firm, heaven for my palate! ;) Let me take you on a tour, how to make bread, step by step. Shall we?



1kg good quality strong wheat flour
300g rye flour
1tbsp salt
1tsp sugar
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2tsp black cumin seeds
1/2l kefir
1/2l water
400g fresh yeast*

1. Prepare a big bowl. You will use it to mix&knead your bread dough. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2. Add rye flour, oatmeal, salt, sugar and yeast* into the bowl.


Add kefir and wheat flour.


Add water. Should be room temperature water but previously boiled. Mix it together with your hand, adding more water if the dough is too dry or more wheat flour if it’s too loose. the dough should be quite loose, though.

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3. Add cumin seeds and mix again. Move it into two long loaf tins, previously greased and set aside, covering them with a cloth and wait about 15-20 minutes until the dough doubles the size.

4. Bake for about 1 hour, until golden brown.


5. When baked, take out of the oven and ‘wash’ your loaves with cold water while they’re still hot. Take some water on your hand and ‘massage’ it into the loaf. This way the skin on your bread will be nice and crispy.


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Easy, isn’t it?


*you only need to use 40g yeast when you make the bread for the first time. Once you make the dough, place some of it in a plastic container and leave it in the fridge until you’ll make the bread again. My Nan calls it ‘zaciastek’, which will be the substitute for the crazy amount of yeast next time. So, the next bread you make, you will use ‘zaciastek’ (the dough saved from your previous bread) plus 100g of yeast.

  1. I bake a lot of bread, but have never massaged cold water into the crust. Nice tip. Thanks.


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