Homemade Bread Recipe
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Homemade Bread Recipe

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My husband recalls that on more than one occasion while he was growing up, he stayed home from school sick, napped on the couch and woke to the aroma of his mother's freshly baked bread. That's enough to make anyone feel better!—Denise Baumert, Dalhart, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 135 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, butter, sugar, salt and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down and divide in half. Shape into two loaves and place in greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 min.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, covering with foil during last 5 minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Homemade Bread in Taste of Home April/May 1993, p37

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Reviewed May. 19, 2016

"I LOVE, this recipe, i,VE been baking bread for years, and this one is the best! I don't have powdered milk, so I just put in instead 1/4cup of half and half and it's DELICIOUS! !!!!! I T S #10 ALL THE WAY!!??????????RATING IS 10 STAR."

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"Nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread. I fight for those end pieces! Will be making this again!

Nonfat dry milk powder is a dry milk. When water is added, you get "milk." Can be found in the baking aisles of grocery stores."

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"What exactly is " nonfat dry milk powder"? please advise"

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"5 Star"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"I can not keep up with the want of this bread, Fantastic. Thank you"

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