- 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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"Delicious, very easy... we don't use sugar, we use honey instead, and it is just divine!! My loaf pans are slightly smaller, so I'm able to break this into 3 even loaves. I've made it twice already (6 loaves total) Never buying store bread again!!"
"I've always had issues making home made bread. This recipe has not let me down yet! The only thing I do differently is form the loaves by hand, make a few slashes at the top for decoration, and sprinkle a little corn meal on a greased cookie sheet. It makes the loaves come off the pan easier. These loaves go fast!"
"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."
"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!!"
"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!!!"