Homemade Holiday Feast – Baking Your Own Bread

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There are so many wonderful reasons to enjoy the celebration of Thanksgiving from family to friends to giving thanks for everything we have but most of all, I love the food. Holiday feasts are something to be incredibly thankful for because they bring together families to experience the wonderful flavors of homemade dishes.

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This year, I want to share our favorite family foods for the holidays to create your own Homemade Holiday Feast. Over the next two weeks you’ll get a peek at some of our treasured family recipes, some new ones and how we prepare them. In each recipe, you’ll probably notice my most beloved kitchen tool, the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, specifically my new KitchenAid mixer from the Artisan Design Series with a tilt head and 5 Qt Glass bowl.

kitchenaid mixer candy apple red

While this particular mixer is new to me, KitchenAid mixers in general are not. In fact, my first KitchenAid mixer was a Christmas gift from my husband years ago and it still works as well today as it did then.

In the spirit of giving, not only will my old mixer be given a new, much needed home but KitchenAid has generously donated a brand new Artisan Stand Mixer to be given away later this month to one of you!

Before we get to the giveaway, I want to get started with those holiday recipes I mentioned, starting with bread. Whether your family likes it as a loaf or a roll, this very simple recipe from the KitchenAid cookbook is crowd pleaser. Pair it with a simple homemade honey butter and it just may take the spotlight over that platter of turkey this Thanksgiving.

KitchenAid’s Rapid Mix Cool Rise White Bread

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsps salt
  • 3 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups warm water (120 F – 130 F)
Tools Needed:

  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Dough Hook
  • Loaf Pan or Muffin Pan (for rolls)
  • Flour for Dusting
  • Rolling Pin
  • Oil, brush

Now that you see how few ingredients are involved, let me show you how to make this bread for your own family this Thanksgiving, all without any extra kitchen appliances other than a stand mixer.

Once your bread is baked and ready, be sure to whip together this simple side of honey butter to really enjoy the melt in your mouth homemade bread.

Honey Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 1/2 TBS honey
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
Directions
Using your stand mixer and wire whisk, beat together ingredients on speed 6 until smooth, about 1 minute.

homemade white bread

Turkey Day Tip – Bake an extra loaf or two to slice and make turkey and mayo sandwiches with all of the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.


Disclosure – The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer featured in this recipe and video was provided to me free of cost by KitchenAid. Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.


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  1. Hello Cat,
    Your bread looks really good!! I just got done making some bread myself today!! :)
    Love to read your baking blog!!
    :)

  2. Loved your video Cat! I haven’t made fresh bread in forever but I used to all the time!! This inspires me:) I think I’ll make some!

  3. Courtney says:

    Nothing beats fresh bread out of the oven.
    I’ve never actually made bread. Always thought I’d need one of those
    bread machines. This looks amazing! The stand mixer its gorgeous!!

    • Courtney, really, you don’t need a bread machine, this recipe couldn’t have been any easier, especially for a dough newbie like myself.

      • I really need to try.. I’ve made pizza, that’s as far as I’ve gone with a yeast dough.
        There really isn’t anything better than homemade bread with butter. Gosh I need carbs now lol

  4. I need a stand mixer, we have no space. There'[s two cabinets above the counter and two below. I love the idea of making your own bread and the honey butter is fantastic. I’m making some!

  5. So I should have finished watching the video before I hit submit. I tried making bread once and had no idea how to get the loaf like that. That’s a tip I knew nothing about! Seriously, fantastic!!!

    Oh and I love how Kaydee came in. ;)

  6. Great job on the video! So glad you decided to demonstrate this really easy bread version. It was my first when I was a homemade bread newbie too! :)

  7. We love homemade bread. Interestingly…when my kids were growing up I made bread almost everyday. Now…not so much. I’m going to try your recipe with my stand mixer. It’s a rainy kind of hot out of the oven kinda week. I have to say Cat…my favorite part of your video is when you go into Super Mom mode and roll out the bread high speed! ;)

    • LOL Cathi .. yes, speed up mode is fun. I wish I could move that fast most days. We’re thinking we’ll make bread every weekend instead of just for the holidays.

  8. Thanks for the video and recipe. I couldn’t agree with you more about having a mixer. When I started making bread a few years ago, I did it all by hand. It was a lot of work, but my family loves homemade bread. I’ve tried a lot of recipes, but love the recipe I’m currently using. I’m always interested in different recipes though, so I’ll have to try this one!
    Here’s a couple posts I did a couple years ago on my family blog if you are interested:
    http://www.snedfam.com/2008/08/domestic-mama.html
    http://www.snedfam.com/2008/08/bread-recipe.html

  9. Denise B. says:

    I remember many years ago coming up with the bright idea of making all of the bread we use and never buying store-bought again. That was short-lived. Everything I made was eaten just as quickly as it came out of the oven!LOL So, I went back to buying store-bought so we actually had bread in the house at all times and make homemade in between.

    • Oh Denise, as much as I’d love to do it every day, I’m not quite that much of a domestic goddess. :) My family will have to settle for holidays and a few weekends a month.

      • Denise B. says:

        Now, I’m getting hungry for some fresh-baked bread. There’s nothing like bread right out of the oven smothered with butter! :) Too bad all my stuff is packed away for moving!LOL :(

  10. R Hicks says:

    THis looks so easy to do. I have always thought that much more was involved. Going to look into this as homemade is always better than store bought

    • It is surprisingly easy. There are a lot of more complicated and time involved bread dough recipes, but this particular one takes very little preparation time and comes out delish!

  11. First you are so cute. Second could I just pay you to make the bread and send it to me? lol I’ve always wanted to know how to make honey butter. I think I could make it, but the bread I know I couldn’t do.
    Kas

  12. Laura says:

    Wow, that looks great!

  13. I haven’t made my own bread dough in years. The place I was picking my dough up just raised their prices though, so this might be on the horizon soon.

  14. Pam L. says:

    there is nothing better than whipped honey butter on fresh baked bread, love your recipes, thanks for sharing

  15. Debbie Stanton says:

    looks delicous… I have tried bread a couple of times and not the best… your video and recipe has inspired me to try again.

    p.s. I have a red Kitchen Aid that I received as a Christmas Gift from my husband years ago too!!

    • Isn’t that the best Christmas gift ever?

      My husband told me when he was wrapping the mixer at work his co-worker told him how much trouble he was going to be in for buying me a kitchen appliance and that he should return it (thoughts from a single guy). I’m so glad my husband didn’t listen to him, it was the best Christmas gift I’ve ever gotten.

  16. Kim Ashworth says:

    LOVED your video!!!! I want to make fresh bread now!!!!! I would be so grateful to win this mixer!!!! it would be so wonderful to have!!!!

  17. Kim Ashworth says:

    I cant wait to try your bread and honey butter recipe out!!!!

  18. Kim Ashworth says:

    I shared your link on facebook!!! my name there is Ashworth Kim

  19. Megan says:

    It looks so easy when you make bread by hand! I’ve always tried to avoid it by using my machine, but I’ve been annoyed lately with the ginormous loaf sizes. They aren’t really great for sandwiches. Maybe I’ll give your recipe a try for Thanksgiving, thanks for posting. :)

  20. There is nothing better than fresh baked bread. Yum!

  21. Schmidty says:

    Now _this_ is what I have wanted one of these mixers forever for! I get by making it by hand, but wouldn’t this be so nice to be able to do with a mixer!

  22. Cheryl says:

    Oh my that looks delicious – I miss making breads. I need this mixer!!

  23. angie says:

    sounds so yummy and I can see how the Kitchenaide mixer helped make the recipe a bit easier to make

  24. Debi Hubbard says:

    I love homemade bread. This recipe looks great…will have to give it a try.

  25. Sarah Matos says:

    My mother makes fresh homeade bread. I have yet to be so adventurous but the Honey Butter sounds delicious!

  26. mamabunny13 says:

    There’s nothing like fresh baked bread! The honey butter…a big bonus!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  27. Wow! I didn’t realize how easy it was to make your own bread with this mixer! I’ve been debating buying a bread maker but it seems like this mixer would be a much better investment!

  28. Sounds delicious! Yum!!!!

  29. There is nothing like fresh baked bread…and this looks so easy! I don’t have a mixer, but hopefully I’ll win one ;) What a fantastic husband you have by the way to get you such a great gift!

  30. Mmmm this recipe is inspiration to me! I am now going to try to make homemade bread for the first time. I like your blog! Lots of great stuff.

  31. Lori A. says:

    That looks delicious! I haven’t made bread at home in a really long time. I’ve only ever used a breadmaker, though. I’d love to give this recipe a try! And the honey butter. :)
    Thanks!

  32. Your bread is making me SO hungry and I just ate dinner!!!! You are very talented!

  33. Natalie U. says:

    Heck yeah that looks yummy!! If I ever get a mixer, I am for sure trying that bread out

  34. Eileen says:

    As I said on my entry for the KitchenAid mixer, My mom made bread every single day for us and we loaded it with butter. I love the honey butter we had at a restaurant for our anniversary. I was trying to figure out if it was just whipped butter with honey but bet they had the sugar in there too! OHHHhhhhhh…that all looks so yummy!

  35. Jeannie Duong says:

    this sounds amazing, i love bread and definitely butter!!!

  36. This is exactly why I want a stand mixer. I’m a pretty good cook and an OK baker, but bread has just been one of those things that has eluded me. I never can get the texture right, either too much flour or not enough kneading etc. I want to thank you SO much for this video too! I never would have thought to roll out out and then roll it up! I can’t wait to go looking through the rest of your blog and reading and watching others. This is really the kind of blog I’ve been looking for. Glad I followed a link to get here! :)

  37. Oh that looks YUMMY!!!

  38. phaltu kachra says:

    Love the Bread receipe…its so easy!!!!

  39. Maria Malaveci says:

    Can’t wait to try your honey butter recipe out and put it on the bread that I will make with my Kitchen Aid Mixer!

  40. I absolutely LOVE honey butter!! I used to eat it at the Dixie Cafe all the time. You have the best homemade holiday feast recipes!! I have to make gluten-free bread at home, but that would still be amazing with the honey butter! I am going to HAVE to make this when I win that mixer!!

  41. Karen Propes says:

    Wow, your video is great ! I use to make bread, but haven’t in a long time. You make it seem so simple and with your instructions, guess I’m off to try it. Thanks so much, also love the honey butter receipe, always wanted to make some just haven’t perfect time to try Christmas Time
    ncjeepster@aol.com

  42. My mouth is watering just looking at that picture of the freshly-baked bread!

  43. MMMMM….I love white bread and honey butter! That bread looks really easy to make. For Easter dinner, I like to add finely zested orange peel to the butter. Zested lemon works great too!

  44. Alex H. (Lexigurl) says:

    Yummy I would love to make cinnamon roll dough or flat tires!!!

  45. Heather H. says:

    Wow this bread looks amazing, one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner is the bread, to pair it with honey butter is even better. I’m suprised at how easy the honey butter appears to make though the bread looks a little involved-for the record I perfer the rolls over loaves.

  46. Wendy W says:

    I love making homemade bread. My recipe calls for about the same ingredients, but makes two loaves. I tried it in one and for me it was too heavy. You can also roll it out and sprinkle in some cinnamon & sugar then roll up & let rise. Mmmmm…

  47. Jennifer H says:

    Oh man, I can’t even remember the last time I had homemade bread. Sounds yummy!

  48. wow, your bread looks so fluffy!

  49. Jennifer says:

    Mmmmm…I love homemade bread! I have never made it before, but this looks like an easy enough recipe to start out with. If only I had a KitchenAid Stand Mixer to make the bread with. =)

  50. Jennifer says:

    Sorry for the duplicate comments, I posted the comment on here before I did the required entry.

    Mmmmm…I love homemade bread! I have never made it before, but this looks like an easy enough recipe to start out with. If only I had a KitchenAid Stand Mixer to make the bread with. =)

  51. Krystal says:

    The bread scares me… maybe someday I’ll tackle it but in the mean time I’m making that butter! YUMMY!

  52. ashley says:

    If I win a mixer I’m going to make this bread! Until then I’m going to try making honey butter!

  53. Carey says:

    I am gonna have to try the honey butter receipe. It looks delish!

  54. Jenette says:

    Yummy! I have to try the honey butter recipe!

  55. Angela Willis says:

    OMG! My son, Ian, would LOVE this bread and the honey butter! You make it look so easy! Thanks for the recipe- I’ll give it try!

    Angela W.
    angelagwillis@comcast.net

  56. Thanks for the video, I’m definitely a visual learner!

  57. There really is nothing like the taste of bread, warm with melted butter right out of the oven. It reminds me of my mom.
    geneveve2 at gmail dot com

  58. Honey butter is always delicious – I always add a little lavender to mine! Heavenly!

  59. This looks easy enough to be right up my alley! Thanks for posting it, I have been wanting to make honey butter for ages!

  60. Kristen says:

    I’m not a big fan of white bread, but I’d love to try this honey butter recipe on some cornbread.

  61. G Bailey says:

    The Honey Butter looks tasty. I like how you give the exact instructions for making it with the Kitchen Aid

    ceis8009 at yahoo.com

  62. that sounds so good. I want some

  63. Oh, man does that look wonderful. I love bread, don’t like making it because I don’t have this mixer…hehehe…no, really I don’t mind making homemade bread but would do it a LOT more often if I had a table mixer to do all the hard work.

  64. OmG! I am so excited about this honey butter recipe! I loooooooove honey butter, but was always intimidated about the right way to do it. Thanks a million!

  65. Donna B. says:

    What a great video! I love baking my own bread (although lately I’ve come to rely on my breadmaker whenever I want freshly baked bread). A Kitchenaid mixer would certainly make the process easier :)

  66. Melissa O'Haver says:

    wow that looks soo good!! cant wait to be able to try it with the stand mixer i hope to win!!

  67. Samantha Polfer says:

    looks yummy!!!

  68. I cannot wait to try and make bread!!

  69. Laura H. says:

    There is nothing better than homemade bread and the smell…….!!!!! Then you had honey butter and you’ve got a scrumptious meal!! I would make more homemade bread if it wasn’t so labor intensive and the KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook would make it this labor of love less “labor-less”.

  70. Nice to get this video and discussion.Like it very much.

  71. George Comstock says:

    Loved the video (esp. the time lapse part towards the end with kids commotion in the background). When I get a stand mixer I’ll definitely use it for breads. But so far the bread machine is unbeatable for convenience. Have also had good luck using the food processor for making pizza dough. And I’ve tried Mark Bittman’s (NYTimes food columnist) no knead artisan style bread…it’s amazing how good it is with so little work (the ultra-long rise and rest period helps achieve the dough development otherwise obtained through kneading).
    Thanks for the fun video and inspiring me to bake something today.

  72. From the ingredients, looks like a nice easy recipe, Wish you had put the entire directions in text form.

    I sometimes forget how much I like homemade bread, it’s been a long time since I’ve made some.

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