- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
- Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Reviews for Basic Homemade Bread
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"I love this! I started with the recipe as written down and it turned out beautiful each time! I have started making this with whole wheat flour (half all-purpose, half whole wheat), and making a cinnamon raisin version I read in one of the reviews that is awesome! It is my first and last bread recipe and is sooooooo good!"
"We LOVE this bread! It's so simple and easy to make and it tastes great. My husband can't get enough (and that's saying a lot since he's not much of a bread eater)."
"This is my first homemade bread recipe and it will be my last, there is no need to look elsewhere! I don't knead it the 8-10 minutes as directed, usually 5 minutes and it rises fine each time. It will not rise as much with sea salt but I like the taste a little better. Believe it or not, I am losing weight while eating this bread but only allow 2 slices per day with little other carbs...so you can lose weight and eat delicious homemade bread!"
"The first time I tried this my yeast was expired, the water was too warm & I didn't wait long enough for the yeast to dissolve. Needless to say, the bread didn't rise and wasn't very good. While the "bad" loaves were in the oven I started a new batch with fresh yeast in the right temperature water & showed some patience letting it dissolve, the result was 2 beautiful loaves of bread! Such an easy recipe - if you follow it! I can't wait to try some of the suggested variations."