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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Zenasis User ID: 8706676 263299
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2017

"Love this recipe. It's never failed me yet. It stays moist for several days. I add flax seed and whole wheat at times, does very well. Its my favorite bread recipe."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 252197
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"Good recipe. I did use half white and half whole wheat flour. I wasn't going to make this as I don't use dry milk. One other reviewer said she used 1/4 cup of half and half instead of the dry milk. I made the bread substituting half and half, and it turned out great. That is one of the things I like about Taste of Home. If you don't have everything the recipe calls for, just read the reviews and you will probably come across someone who was able to change the recipe a bit to make it work for them."

Panta User ID: 8863900 248423
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."

shereeder User ID: 1853566 230345
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."

redline52 User ID: 1605000 225639
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

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

Refueler72 User ID: 7819873 221419
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"5 Star"

ribbet39 User ID: 805471 787
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

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

Sheilalr User ID: 7277831 786
Reviewed May. 25, 2013

"I haven't made this recipe yet , but before I do , I had a quick question , do you need to let the yeast proof at all or not?"

stwrt6d User ID: 5184264 2706
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"excellent bread!! It was my first time to bake bread and everyone was impressed at how good it was! I didnt tell them I simply had a good recipe ;-)"

LegalSec User ID: 548619 3239
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"Very very good. I did the same as one reviewer, I mixed it up in the bread machine and then did the second rise and baking in the oven. Very moist and just overall good taste."

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