- 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, 1/2 cup at a time, 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 9x5-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
"I've made this bread several times already! The first time was good, and has only gotten better each time! I concur with Ryan below about using bread flour (I used King Arthur), but I use my wife's beloved Kitchenaid stand mixer which more than meets and exceeds the challenge of kneading. I also divide the dough into thirds (and can even go for four small loaves), and it does keep for a few days, IF it lasts that long! :-D The final bread product, when made with bread flour, is a good crumb, nice chew and wonderfully crispy, yet soft, crust.A WONDERFUL beginner's recipe! I'll experiment with adding herbs and other flavors to this dough!"
"When you say 1/4 ounce of yeast, does that equal to 7grams of yeast? I have access to dry yeast by the packets. Each packet contains 1 g of dry yeast. Do I use 7?"
"Making this bread right now not sure if it will turn out because I used olive oil not canola oil used pizza crust yeast Its what I had available at the time ."
"I actually signed up on here to leave a review. I NEVER leave reviews for recipes I've tried. But I made this bread and this was the first time I got bread RIGHT! The dough was stiff yet workable, it raised well and I actually got 4 loaves instead of just the 2! It tasted delicious and this is the recipe I'd pass down to my generation of family! It's THAT amazing!"
"Simply outstanding. I've made this recipe more than once -- several times at high elevation in Denver, another time at/near sea level in Houston. I never leave reviews for recipes, but felt the need to pay it forward on this one. PRO TIP (based on experience and experimentation): use UNBLEACHED bread flour if you want a softer crust. I've used standard, all-purpose bleached flour, but the crust ends up too hard. It's almost too difficult to cut through it in the end. I much prefer the softer crust. As for the rest of the recipe, follow it. It's perfect. I mix it all by hand using a mixing bowl and, literally, a regular fork. Yes, my arm begins to ache by the time I've added the 4th cup of flour. Also, if you are a bread-baking newbie like I was, I used the advice found here to determine if my bread had risen enough on both the 1st and 2nd rise. The oven trick is perfect too on my electric oven: http://redstaryeast.com/yeast-baking-lessons/baking-steps-guide/rising-ripe-test-first-rise/"
"AWESOME, easy bread recipe! Loaf just came fresh out of the oven. ...yum! Perfect ingredient portions. Even works with Himalayan Pink Salt for regular salt & Pure Cane Sugar instead of regular. When I divided the dough in half; made that one loaf and divided the other half in two, put them in refrigerator for future use. Thanks for sharing!"
"Could this recipe be doubled ?"
"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"
"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"
"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"