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Homemade Bread Recipe

Homemade Bread Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Homemade Bread

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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"

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?"

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 ;-)"

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."

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"It was so soft and tasty and such an easy recipe to follow."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"My bread came out delicious and this was the first time I was making bread , I found it very easy !"

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"One of the best white bread recipes I've made!"

Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"Very nice bread, however I found it to be too salty. Would reduce by half next time."

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"This is a great recipe for homemade white bread! Normally I do not make white bread at home, preferring to channel my bread-baking energies into other types of breads. However, today we ran out of store-bought sandwich bread (and I don't buy the cheap crap; I'm willing to spend a little more money for decent bread). My husband and my daughter eat a lot of bread. I won't get to the grocery store for another three days. I remembered seeing this recipe and decided to whip up a quick loaf. I halved the ingredients, threw them into the bread machine for the mixing, kneading and first rising, then removed the dough, shaped it, and put it in the pan for the second rising. Perfect. I have bookmarked this recipe."

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