Basic Homemade Bread Recipe
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Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

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Here's a basic yeast bread that bakes up golden brown. I enjoy the aroma of freshly-baked homemade bread in my kitchen. —Sandra Anderson, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 98 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 443 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
Originally published as Homemade Bread in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p452

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 98 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 443 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"Absolutely the easiest and most delicious bread. Came out perfect the first time. OMG, my husband and kids had the first loaf down by the evening. Will be making this on a regular basis. I have had terrible success with my bread maker, although I will continue to try to find the perfect recipe for it."

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Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"This was the first time I have tried homemade bread and I will never try a different recipe. It made 2 very large loaves and I can't stop eating them! I only have 1 loaf pan so I decided to just forgo them and put both of my loaves on a non-stick air bake cookie sheet. They came out beautifully. I went about 32 minutes until the internal temp was between 180 and 190. Immediately after they came out, I brushed the tops with olive oil. It really softened it up, but still has just enough of that homemade crunch. I'm excited to try variations including whole garlic cloves, apple and cinnamon, chocolate pudding mix and chocolate chips and herbs and cheese. We may never buy store bought bread again!!"

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Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"great recipe! My bread turned out perfect! I do beat my bread down twice though to get a more even mix. Also, in the recipe it says 3 cups and on the side of the recipe it says over 6 cups. The 6 cups is the correct one!! If you cant get your bread to rise, it's because you're missing over 3 cups of flour!!!"

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Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"I use to have issues with my bread rIsing. It was due to the yeast not activating properly..now I have no issues at all...make sire your water temp is close to spot on usualy luke warm will do the trick."

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Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"Love it."

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