Basic Homemade Bread Recipe
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Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

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Here's a basic yeast-risen white bread that bakes up deliciously 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


  • 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: 102 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  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, 1/2 cup at a time, 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 9x5-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 Basic Homemade Bread in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p452

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Jesuslives777 User ID: 8714929 255301
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2016

"I have tried my entire life to make bread like this and I felt like Queen for a day when I actually succeeded! Your recipe made learning it fun! Thanks for making a recipe that finally made me a success!!!!"

SophiaNJ User ID: 8952023 255273
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2016

"Oh. My. Jesus!!! Such a simple and perfect recipe!!! The bread is awesome. Soft on the inside, a bit of crunch on the outside... mmmh mmmh mmmh!!! I made mine with a little less flour too (About 5 cups), and added raisins. Thank you so much for posting this :)"

Alybibi User ID: 8950334 255170
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2016

"This is by far the most simplistic bread recipe I've ever come across. I've tried so many bread recipes but I could never memorize them because of so many steps involved and the bread never came out exactly as the recipe's image or as it should. This recipe came out perfect, my kids and husband loved it and I was able to memorize the steps so I can put my spin on it. Today I made it for the second time with 3 cups white flour and 3 cups wheat. Peerfect! It's a keeper!!"

MySweetPoisonIvy User ID: 8949709 255123
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"Works great. Though I only need 5 1/2 cups of flour or it becomes too dense"

haleighk User ID: 8945773 254916
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"This recipe is awesome! I have never made bread before and was so worried that I'd be terrible at it because my mom never got the hang of it. The only thing I did differently is I used instant yeast instead of the active dry, because when I bought yeast before finding this recipe I didn't know which to buy. Other than that I followed the recipe to a T. The bread came out perfect. I can't believe I made perfect bread on my first try! And it's really yummy. I'll be using this recipe from now on and I'll be making a lot more bread from here on out!"

Pkfarmer User ID: 894377 254590
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016


Mine is rising the first time right now. Thinking about making it into cinnamon rolls.
To the person (lucylinecm) questioning the recipe, it takes about 6 1/2 cups of flour. was horrible. Didn't rise, maybe the yeast."

Redpunzel User ID: 7749429 254318
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"this bread is the most consistently fantastic bread i have ever made-and i make a lot of bread, i love the attention i get for this wonderful bread! I don't deserve the fuss really because it is dead easy to make ha ha :)"

johnniegirl06 User ID: 8927070 253665
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"Loved it! I've never made bread before and this was so much easier than I thought it would be. Great by itself or for sandwiches."

vcorb User ID: 8921855 253247
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

"I made this bread today and followed the recipe pretty close including the rising times, except for a couple ingredients. I changed out 1 1/2 cups of the flour for whole wheat flour and used instant dry yeast 2 1/4 tsp (= 1 pkg yeast) plus I added a little more yeast (about 1/2 tsp) because of the whole wheat flour. I also sifted all the flour after measuring. It raised beautifully and turned out very good. It's going to be my go to recipe for bread. Enjoying every slice!"

Geeta2016 User ID: 8909507 252421
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"Tried this recipe today. super easy and my loaves came out really well..lovely super soft texture..Thanks a bunch for the recipe !!"

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