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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Mi Mi C User ID: 9146390 264826
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2017

"Could this recipe be doubled ?"

Ameena User ID: 9140104 264601
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2017 Edited Apr. 13, 2017

"My family and i are absolutely in love with this recipe. I only halved the recipe and came out best. It's the bomb. This is my go to bread recipe from now on"

Ripzonerob User ID: 9135808 264485
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2017

"This recipe was a total fale in my books not only should you just dissolve the yeast in warm water and then it says to ad your sugar and salt right away with the flour. Did they forget the part where you should let your yeast stand . I prefer to take warm water with suger dissolved in it and then ad the yeast and let it stand. Then after 10 minutes i will mix in the flour salt butter and water and or milk. Mine never even came up an inch. I threw it away"

trish User ID: 9117398 264318
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2017

"guys this recipe worked my family loved it so from now on we prefer making our own bread at home save money and way delicious yes guys thanks to the owner GOD BLESS"

Katie User ID: 9119447 263918
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"This was perfectly simple and delicious! I made it just as written. I started with 5 cups of flour, but easily made it to 6.5 cups while kneading the dough. I only have one bread pan, so I put half of the dough in a loaf pan and made the rest as a round loaf in a casserole dish. Both turned out great. I'm sure we will be making this again soon!"

Ashley User ID: 9096313 261955
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2017

"I had no idea what I was doing making bread on my own for the first time! This recipe is so easy for the beginner, and the only problem I had with the bread was how quickly my family scarfed it down! Thank you so much!"

Victoria User ID: 9079480 261323
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017 Edited Feb. 15, 2017

"I have never been able to bake bread. It was always a waste! I am loving this recipe. I could tell by the dough that it would be good but it WA really great. After the 3 cups of flour, I did what the recipe advised and added the extra flour 1/2 cup at a time and 51/2 cups did the trick ( plus extra for kneading). I made a nice round loaf, a regular sized loaf and 6 cinnamon rolls that I made by adding a mixture of sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and a bit of flour and vanilla and heaping it on top of the rolls before baking. Everything tasted delicious. I'm hooked! Will be baking this bread alot! Thank you!"

Katherine User ID: 9079313 261321
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017

"Simply delicious. My husband loved it too."

Sam User ID: 9063428 260697
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"It was delicious and easy to make. I would recommend putting an egg wash or butter over the loaf before cooking to make it look better though."

E User ID: 9052506 260273
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"I accidentally doubled the amount of sugar, salt and oil (I tried to cut the recipe in half... mistakes were made), but the bread still came out looking and tasting amazing! I imagine my accidental adjustments just made for a more flavorful loaf, which is nothing I'm complaining about. I would definitely make this again."

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