- 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 found this recipe doing a search for an easy beginners bread recipe. I love this recipe. It raises for me every time. I have recently begun to experiment with it by making rolls and cinnamon rolls. Very simple, very versatile recipe and it will stay in my favorite recipes notebook. I will say to the nay-sayers, get a candy thermometer and check your water temperature. My co-worker told me the easiest way to fail at bread making is to have your water or milk too hot when you add your yeast. Also, check your yeast expiration date."
"Use this recipe in my bread machine and it never fails if you follow machine and yeast directions!"
"Excellent recipe. Many years ago a friend told me to buy a candy thermometer and to measure the temperature of the water to mix with yeast, usually 110-115 degrees. This makes bread making much simpler."
"This is a very good basic bread recipe. If yours didn't rise, it was because of reasons other than the recipe. I agree with others who commented earlier that either your water was too hot, yeast too old, or you made a mistake somewhere in your making the bread. Try again, following the directions."
"Excellent tasty bread even my grandson liked it and very easy to make.Going to make more tomorrow!"