Basic Homemade Bread Recipe
- 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
- 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).
1 slice: 102 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
Reviews for Basic Homemade Bread
"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."
"First time "bread maker" from scratch. OMG - this is as good as .... chocolate! A MUST REPEAT recipe. Simply outstanding!"
"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."
"I had never made bread before trying this recipe. It is so good! I'm now making loaves for my neighbors for Christmas! I also added cheese and jarred jalape?os and was worried that it would mess up with not changing any of the other measurements -turned out delicious! turned out delicious Thank you for this recipe !"
"I just made this amazing bread and it tastes great! I only needed 5.5 cups of flour and it still came out quite dense. I baked in the oven one level up from the bottom with a cookie sheet on the bottom level. This keeps the bottom from getting too burnt.It came out looking exactly like the picture. My kids love it too! This is great cause I hate breadmakers since the belt eventually slips on them and they make more noise. Now I can make bread with no preservatives!"
"I love this recipe, and so does everyone whose tasted it. I had to start dividing the dough into three portions and put the loaves into smaller pans since my family nearly inhales it every time I make it. I don't even need to adjust the baking time, they turn out beautifully every time. As for the amount of flour, I think the recipe is only showing you what you will need before you start, like say you only need 5 cups of flour for the bread, what happens if you only have that much flour? You can't knead the bread so well cuz you ran out, I tested how much I end up using after my dough is ready to be kneaded, and I use almost another whole cup of flour."
"I want my bread to look like the one in the picture. Mine wasn't golden brown but I'll try it again."
"PERFECT!!!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."
"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!"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"Can this be made in a bread machine?"
"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!!!!"
"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 :)"
"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!!"
"Works great. Though I only need 5 1/2 cups of flour or it becomes too dense"
"This recipe is awesome! I have never made bread before and was so worried that I'd be terrible at it because my mom never got the hang of it. The only thing I did differently is I used instant yeast instead of the active dry, because when I bought yeast before finding this recipe I didn't know which to buy. Other than that I followed the recipe to a T. The bread came out perfect. I can't believe I made perfect bread on my first try! And it's really yummy. I'll be using this recipe from now on and I'll be making a lot more bread from here on out!"
"Easy!Mine is rising the first time right now. Thinking about making it into cinnamon rolls.To the person (lucylinecm) questioning the recipe, it takes about 6 1/2 cups of flour.Update....it was horrible. Didn't rise, maybe the yeast."
"Loved it! I've never made bread before and this was so much easier than I thought it would be. Great by itself or for sandwiches."
"I made this bread today and followed the recipe pretty close including the rising times, except for a couple ingredients. I changed out 1 1/2 cups of the flour for whole wheat flour and used instant dry yeast 2 1/4 tsp (= 1 pkg yeast) plus I added a little more yeast (about 1/2 tsp) because of the whole wheat flour. I also sifted all the flour after measuring. It raised beautifully and turned out very good. It's going to be my go to recipe for bread. Enjoying every slice!"
"Tried this recipe today. super easy and my loaves came out really well..lovely super soft texture..Thanks a bunch for the recipe !!"
"This recipe was so easy and my family loved it. I have a question about making mini loaves. What would be the cook time?"
"My go-to recipe for basic white bread. Easy and turns out well every time. For a soft crust, brush with a little butter when you take it out of the oven."
"Thanks a lot for the easy to follow recipe and videos. I'm a beginner bread maker and your video's really help me. Thanks again from NZ"
"I double this recipe and bake 4 loaves at a time because my family & I love this bread so much! It is a delicious recipe! Garlic cheese toast, open pb & j sandwiches, and good Ole buttered toast are just a few of our favorite ways to eat it! My daughter just eats it plain and untoasted she likes it so much!"
"Easy & simple recipe to follow. Delicious every time!!"
"Currently enjoying this toasted with jam and a nice cup of coffee. Great recipe! I found the sugar unnecessary so eliminated that and it tastes just as good. Also decided to just wing it on the flour-- add it until the dough was ready, no more no less, and that worked better than the first batch.I've never baked bread before and this was the perfect beginner's recipe! So excited to try new twists on it as well."
"Great bread, easy recipe, and it rose really well with a crusty outside and fluffy inside. I made a loaf and some buns for burgers with the dough and they were perfect. I read a couple reviews about the flour total being wrong, the recipe does ask for 6 -63/4 cups in total and I added that much and it was fine. It asks for three cups first and then additional flour after as much as needed. Followed the recipe as is and it turned out as I would have hoped. I will make this again and pass it on."
"Followed the recipe as it is works fine tnx"
"Why does the ingredient list say 6 cups of flour, but they only tell you to put 3 into the dough, (plus some extra). I put in a little extra to make the dough not stick, but that was no where near 6 cups total! I hope I'm not making this bread all wrong!! Please fix the directions!"
"Great recipe. I used half whole wheat and half white flour. I also used olive oil instead of the canola oil called for. This recipe calls for one tablespoon of salt. I thought that was too much, so I used less. I should have added the full tablespoon the recipe called for. The bread was still very good, but when I make this again, and I will add one tablespoon of salt. Thanks for the great bread recipe."
"Tried this recipe for the first time and I was very pleased with the results. I can't offer any suggestions for improvements. Very simple recipe. If you follow directions precisely you will get some really great bread. Hope it stays fresh for a couple days. Definitely worth making again!"
"I've tweaked this a little to make it better (for me atleast ) I use 3 teas yeast ,only rise once ,it makes it a lot less dense ,I also changed the temp around some(lower like 10 degrees) ,and it seems to make it even softer ,but still same time"
"I'm rating simply for the other reviews. I'll try this next week. As for answering the questions from cdj516 - whether the dough can be halved _ yes I can't see any issues. As for freezing the dough - can't say for sure. I don't usually freeze bread dough. What I do is bake the whole recipe, cool to room temp and divide each loaf into three. For us that is the perfect size for a day or two. I wrap the sections individually in plastic wrap, then place into a freezer bag. I grab out of the freezer as I need it. Thawing isn't an issue... takes 10 minutes or so."
"I am rating this based on looking for so long for a easy basic bread recipe. This is exactly the "basic" bread recipe I have been looking for!!! I have not made it yet but will very soon, I am however concerned about how much bread it will make, I have a small household so I am reaching out for advice: has anyone tried to make only half of the recipe and also can this dough be frozen if I make the full amount and only bake one loaf of bread. I love the other idea's of what I can make with it. Your suggestions are great."
"Excellent recipe! For those asking about flour weight, 142 grams = 1cup and 5oz = 1 cup. I measure my flour on a scale for anything I make from scratch. It makes all the difference."
"Great recipe for bread! Definitely nostalgic of when my mother used to bake it for us. This recipe is enough for two loaves :)"
"I like to substitute honey for the sugar. Turns out great!"
"Turned out really good. I should've formed mine better, I just dumped it in there so the top was a bit funky ;D I did halve this recipe. My first attempt at making bread and it makes me want to try other recipes! Really tasty, I'm glad it was a success!"
"My whole family loves this bread and begs me to make more. We have significantly cut out store bought bread and instead make this. We have also used it as pizza crust and that was great too. We made two pizzas out of one batch of dough, but found the dough too thick - a half recipe/batch could make two pizzas (or whole recipe for one loaf of bread & two pizza crusts). Plan to try to add in whole wheat flour soon."
"The BEST recipe for homemade white bread I've ever tried. It is moist and delicious with a hint of sweetness. It is perfect! My only regret is the fact that I LOVE it ... Hence I eat it ~ waaaay too much. :)"
"I made this recipe today and used 1/2 all purpose flour and 1/2 whole wheat. The loaves turned out golden brown on the outside and a lovely light brown on the inside. The bread was delicious. The recipe was easy to follow and I will be using it again. Thanks for posting!"
"I would like to make this bread but with less sugar, would that be possible?"
"Great basic bread and just what I was looking for. I substituted olive oil for canola oil and didn't notice a difference. I also turned one loaf into focaccia bread. I put half the dough in an oiled 13 x 9 lasagna pan and sprinkled the top with minced fresh garlic and sliced olives. I let it rise the second time and baked it alongside the regular loaf. 10 minutes before it was done I sprinkled shredded cheese over the top. Very tasty.Also used two tbsp sugar instead of three with no problem."
"Really simple, quick and tasty bread. I used 5 cups of ultragrain white flour and found it to be the perfect texture with great rise - as long as my kitchen was decently warm. I let the loaves rise beside my crock pot while it was cooking some soup on low and that seemed to do the trick. The taste was really lovely, just a hint of sweet and not too yeasty, with a nice crumb and golden crispy crust. Will be making this bread often!"
"Really needs to have weights for salt, sugar and flour. Tasty recipe though."
"I followed the suggestion of using half all purpose flour and half bread flour. I also needed 6 full cups of flour. I made one loaf of bread and rolled the other half out into twelve cinnamon rolls. My dough raised beautifully. I have a proofing setting on my oven, and let the loaf rise for 40 minutes, which is about how much it took me to make the cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon rolls took about an hour to rise. Turned out great - very easy dough to work with, and this bread will go into my recipe rotation."
"I have a son who doesn't like eggs, butter and milk, so I went looking for a bread recipe that don't have eggs, butter or milk. The bread that i usually make has butter and milk. I tried this recipe and had great success, I have added it as my standard bread recipe. Thanks to Sandra Anderson for submitting the recipe and to taste of home for publishing it."
"I have made this bread several times over the past month and this is what I can tell you. (1) the first time I made it, I used all purpose flour, as the recipe called for. The bread came out really good. (2) the second time I made it, I used bread flour. The bread came out really good. In both, the texture was good, but just a bit different from each other. Then came (3) and this time, I used a combination of 1/2 all purpose and 1/2 bread flour. Results? Perfect phenomenal bread. This had a great texture and taste and this will be the way I make it from now on.Ok, now, I like a few others, have found that 5 cups of flour proves to be enough flour.When I made bread tonight, I made 2 small loaves and a pan of cinnamon rolls. My husband and grandson loved them. They said the taste and texture were perfect."
"I created an account just leave a review. I am a novice baker (baking for about two weeks now) and my husband has been begging for YEARS for a homemade bread recipe. I finally broke down and Googled "homemade bread recipes" and this was the first one I found. And, WOW. It came out so golden brown and delicious! It rose beautifully and the recipe was so easy to follow! My husband and I promptly devoured half the loaf once I pulled it out of the oven. Oops. I am totally making pb&js with this bread for tomorrow's outing for me, my husband and our son. Fantastic recipe! Thanks for sharing!"
"reserving judgement until the b0oss weighs in ;))"
"I found this recipe doing a search for an easy beginners bread recipe. I love this recipe. It raises for me every time. I have recently begun to experiment with it by making rolls and cinnamon rolls. Very simple, very versatile recipe and it will stay in my favorite recipes notebook. I will say to the nay-sayers, get a candy thermometer and check your water temperature. My co-worker told me the easiest way to fail at bread making is to have your water or milk too hot when you add your yeast. Also, check your yeast expiration date."
"Use this recipe in my bread machine and it never fails if you follow machine and yeast directions!"
"Excellent recipe. Many years ago a friend told me to buy a candy thermometer and to measure the temperature of the water to mix with yeast, usually 110-115 degrees. This makes bread making much simpler."
"This is a very good basic bread recipe. If yours didn't rise, it was because of reasons other than the recipe. I agree with others who commented earlier that either your water was too hot, yeast too old, or you made a mistake somewhere in your making the bread. Try again, following the directions."
"Excellent tasty bread even my grandson liked it and very easy to make.Going to make more tomorrow!"
"Use 2 envelopes of dry yeast.. I did rose great I make challah and it uses 4 to 5 cups bread flour and requires 2 pkts yeast."
"This is the recipe my mom used for years for bread and cinnamon rolls. It always came out perfectly. I can't make it to save my life because I hate making yeast bread. It really does take 8-10 minutes of kneading, I don't have the patience! The water has to be the correct temperature and the yeast has to be fresh. If your yeast is expired, toss it."
"I've baked bread all my life. This is a very good basic recipe for bread and it spin-offs like cinnamon rolls. Some people I notice complain of the bread not rising either you got your yeast too hot with the water and killed it, or did not take into account rising tempuratures or altitude do just make sure your yeast does not get too hot or cold and you should be fine."
"Excellent recipe!! Very easy to follow:)) and super delicious!! Definitely using this recipe again:)), mixed 2 different flour types, worked as a charm!!Thank you!!"
"6 cups of flour would have been way too much I stopped at just over 5 cups, plenty!"
"This bread was excellent. I'm so excited to have found this easy recipe. I used honey instead of sugar and half whole wheat half all purpose flour delish. Thank you"
"Easy to make and substitute whole wheat for white flour.It was delicious."
"My whole family loved it! I made two loaves and they were gone in two days!"
"Its not even finished yet n it already smells amazing!! Ive tried a couple different bread recipes on here and i love them all!"
"Very simple, yet awesome, recipe. Everyone could smell the warm, delicious, bread aroma from outside. We all loved it."
"Such an amazing recipe!! Just made it and my mom and dad loved it and so did I! Very simple... a little lengthy process but totally worth it!"
"I love this site. It has awesome receipts that I can make for my family.... Sooooooo happy"
"super easy an so delicious"
"Made this today and not only is the recipe super easy it turns out so delicious. A big hit in our house. Thank you for a wonderful bread recipe!"
"Great bread... I just substitute 1 cup of water for 1 cup of milk, and stuffed one with shered mozzarella and the other with cherries.. Yummy yummy.. Thanks for this great recipe"
"So good! And easy. I ground up a cup's worth of steel cut oats and flaxseed in a coffee grinder and added it in place of another cup of flour (trying to eat healthier). It turned out great and nice texture. This bread rose much better than another recipe I used and looks beautiful."
"Delicious! I used a heating pad to help the bread rise."
"Best bread i have ever made. Tastes amazing!! My family loves it. So simple to make and very little ingredients."
"This is way easy to make! I LOVE IT!"
"This recipe is very good thank you. Mine didn't rise well but that was my fault my house was to cool.A question for the person before me Cmolina1. Why on earth would you give a recipe a 1 star because YOU didn't read the recipe?"
"For some reason i thought it said 3 cups flour. I was wondering why i had to double that. Aside from me reading directions wrong, its a fantasic basic recipe. I would say add a tiny bit of spice to the water before mixing. I added a pinch of garlic salt, onion powder, and italian season and just wow! Such a small amount of spice can go a very long ways!"
"I've always had trouble finding the perfect bread recipe, but I can finally quit looking. This simple recipe bakes up perfectly and never disappoints!"
"I love this! I started with the recipe as written down and it turned out beautiful each time! I have started making this with whole wheat flour (half all-purpose, half whole wheat), and making a cinnamon raisin version I read in one of the reviews that is awesome! It is my first and last bread recipe and is sooooooo good!"
"This is my first homemade bread recipe and it will be my last, there is no need to look elsewhere! I don't knead it the 8-10 minutes as directed, usually 5 minutes and it rises fine each time. It will not rise as much with sea salt but I like the taste a little better. Believe it or not, I am losing weight while eating this bread but only allow 2 slices per day with little other carbs...so you can lose weight and eat delicious homemade bread!"
"The first time I tried this my yeast was expired, the water was too warm & I didn't wait long enough for the yeast to dissolve. Needless to say, the bread didn't rise and wasn't very good. While the "bad" loaves were in the oven I started a new batch with fresh yeast in the right temperature water & showed some patience letting it dissolve, the result was 2 beautiful loaves of bread! Such an easy recipe - if you follow it! I can't wait to try some of the suggested variations."
"I really can't get over this bread. I made 2 batches every week. I usually substitute 1 1/2 cups of AP flour with whole wheat. It's just lovely. Actually, I just made some except after letting it rise, I took one loaf worth, kneaded in about 1c. raisins, then rolled it out rubbed on some butter and sprinkled on cinnamon sugar (1 1/2 tbspn cinnamon, 3tbspn brown sugar), and rolled it up, let it rise and baked like the recipe says, and ohmygoodness. Best raisin bread I have ever had. Just came out of the oven. mmmmm"
"My first time, and it was perfect. Slices wonderful for sandwiches, and delicious. And myfamily loved it, they said more, more, more."
"Two loaves were gone in one day (family of 6). I've used other recipes, but this was hugely successful!"
"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!!!"
"I use to have issues with my bread rIsing. It was due to the yeast not activating properly..now I have no issues at all...make sire your water temp is close to spot on usualy luke warm will do the trick."
"My bread didnt rise. I followed to the tee. :-["
"Very simple recipe - I love that it only has 6 ingredients and uses all purpose flour. I did a cost analysis, and this recipe costs me less than buying store bought bread. It comes out to about $0.05 per slice, which is pretty cheap. And it really doesn't require much effort. It does take some time, but most of that is from rising and baking and I can still do other tasks while that's happening, so I think it's worth it. I'm definitely going to be using this as my go-to bread recipe from now on. My family loves it!"
"Huge hit with the family!!"
"easy enough for my kids to help! smells great baking and tastes wonderful! yummy!"
"The first two loaves I made were gone in less than two days. My kids were in love. Then I made two more and those were gone almost as fast. I have now made a total of 8 loaves and we stopped buying bread from the store. I cook it 30 mins, baste them with butter and then cook them 5 more minutes. Then I baste them again when I take them out. I didn't have canola oil so I just use vegetable and it's amazing!"
"I have made this recipe a few times now and it has become my go to recipe. I generally always end up using a mixture of whole wheat and regular all purpose flour and it turns out great. I use this recipe not only for bread, 'but also for homemade calzones and stromboli. It really is a great all purpose bread dough."