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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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."

TONI User ID: 9048728 260100
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! I have been searching for an easy picture perfect yeast bread recipe for 50 years. The first recipe I tried I threw away the loaf. This is fool proof. AND YES I DID MODIFY, used only 5 cups flour then extra for dusting, only used 2 tsp of salt. If I could add a picture I would. I drove in a thunderstorm to take slices to neighbor because I needed a witness as how wonderful it was ! A man would marry you in a heartbeat if you served this.LOL"

sammyd5 User ID: 4183283 260066
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2017

"Very easy. I think there's a bit too much sugar though. It could do with, maybe, one tablespoon less."

Shannon User ID: 9028520 259519
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2017

"My family and I Love this recipe for bread .. 1st try and success. For starters, start here. I watched a youtube before attempting to get the process down."

paulawinebrenner User ID: 8085380 259350
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2017

"First time "bread maker" from scratch. OMG - this is as good as .... chocolate! A MUST REPEAT recipe. Simply outstanding!"

Kim User ID: 9018377 259232
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"This is essentially the Betty Crocker White bread recipe from the 1950 cookbook, which I no longer have :( So I was happy to find a similar recipe! The only difference I can see is the Betty Crocker recipe called for shortening or lard rather than canola oil. I compromised and used butter LOL :) Also, if I'm not mistaken, the Betty Crocker recipe says to bake at 425, not 375. I'm going to give this 375 a go this time and stick to the recipe as written. Other than the butter, that is...because it looks like it's a winner as written!

I just want to say I'm a touch annoyed by reviewers who leave one star, then go on to explain how they changed this and that and had bad results and won't make the recipe again. How about actually following the recipe, and if you don't, it's a little unfair to one-star the posted recipe when it's your changes that probably really failed. Just a thought ;)
And yes, one tablespoon of salt is the correct amount."

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