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Breadmaking 102 - What You Will Need

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Breadmaking 102 - What You Will Need

Hi again! I'm back for the second installment of my breadmaking tutorial series. This post goes through the things that you will need to get started. Again, I know most of you don't need this kind of information, but I'd love any feedback on the post! If I have forgotten anything, please let me know. Here's the intro to the post. Please see my website here for the whole thing.

Breadmaking 102: Here we go!

I’m sure you’ve searched the internet for how to get started breadmaking.

I’m sure you’ve been blown away by the amount of stuff you seem to need to buy to get it done.

Don’t worry! You can make bread at home using just the stuff you have at home. It is a little more difficult and it does take a bit more time, but is a heck of a lot better than spending all your life savings buying a new KitchenAid just to do the kneading.

Well, maybe not. You know you wanted a KitchenAid anyway.

I’ve compiled a list of things that you need to have just to get the job done, as well as a list of things youmightwill want to buy in a couple months. I told you this bread thing is addicting!

The Basics

You’ll need a large bowl. Not because the ingredients take up all that room, but it is sometimes very helpful to mix all the ingredients with your hands. A whisk will be too wimpy and a spoon too cumbersome. Get ready to get messy!


Again, please visit to read the rest of the post and leave feedback. Thanks!


linder's picture

Just one comment on the post -baked bread for years without a kitchenaid mixer.  I'll admit it's nice to have when working with high hydration doughs, but not really necessary for everyday breads unless you have problems kneading (like when I broke my arm). Otherwise I think your equipment posting is well thought out.

raqk8's picture

Sorry I'm just getting back to you, but thanks for the feedback! I agree, a mixer is definitely not necessary and does kind of take some of the fun out of making bread... I use mine mostly because I share my kitchen with 5 people and kneading by hand can sometimes be a bit messy, so I try and keep it contained. Thanks for reading!