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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MiMi User ID: 8976732 257441
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016


I've tried 2 other "easy" recipes over the last 2 days and BOTH went in the trash! I finally found this recipe, and while reluctant, because of the last 2 failures, I decided to give this one a try. I am sooooo glad I did! Not only are the ingredients simple, but so is putting it together and making it.
I did make a few minor modifications based on some of the reviews. I used 5 1/4 cups of flour instead of the 6 1/4 to 6 3/4 cups it calls for. I found that the recommended amount of flour was just entirely too much. I also used vegetable oil instead of canola, because that's all I had.
This bread is wonderful! My husband, son and mother ate a whole loaf in two hours! The other loaf is almost gone today.
It is so moist and soft. I can't believe it turned out this good! I made everyone french toast this morning and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. We will no longer spend $3 for a loaf of store bought bread. I've finally found my tried and trusted recipe right here!
Good luck everyone! Enjoy this awesome recipe. Your family will thank you for it! :)
P.S. This site should allow us to post pictures, to prove how our recipes turned out."

Jolandri User ID: 8974867 257252
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"Love this recipe, the bread was delicious. We doubled the recipe and used extra virgin olive oil instead of canola oil, it came out perfect, I just decreased the salt as olive oil has a stronger taste as canola!"

Rose User ID: 8972933 257095
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"This is exactly the same as the recipe I use in my bread machine, just use half the ingredients and add an egg. Heaven. One trick I do that really makes a huge difference is to spray surface with Pam instead of dusting with four. Also spray your hands, butter would work just as well"

Whitney User ID: 8972556 257075
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"Absolutely love this recipe! I have made it several times now. My husband and I have stopped buying bread and only eat what I make :)

Linda that posted Nov 15, 2016...
The olive oil will make it salty and taste a little weird. I would recommend using either canola or vegetable oil (corn oil may also work, but haven't tried it). As long as you use the right type of oil one tablespoon of salt is perfect. I also like to grease the bowl and pans with Un salted butter. It adds a nice slight butter taste."

Linda User ID: 8968491 256812
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2016

"I was disappointed in this bread. I wonder if the 1 tablespoon of salt is correct - I don't think I have ever added 1 tablespoon of salt to anything I have made. I thought this bread tasted too salty. I didn't have canola oil so I used olive oil and sprayed the pans with Pam - not sure if those things had anything to do with the salty taste. I will not be making this again."

Manar User ID: 8968171 256786
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"Great recipe. I like it better with 1.5-2 tsp of salt. I also added some chopped jalapeno and cheddar cheese to one loaf. It was great!"

wlyor90 User ID: 2724958 256120
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"Can this be made in a bread machine?"

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!!"

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