Here’s How Many Slices You Get from a Loaf of Bread

If you're an avid home baker, you might wonder how many slices of bread are in a loaf. We'll talk yield and perfect cutting tips.

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Bread fresh out of the oven is one of the simple pleasures of life. It’s a healthier option to store-bought bread, and is unbeatable for making sensational sandwiches that will put a smile on everyone’s face. Depending on your recipe, you’ll often get a slightly different number of slices per loaf. Here’s everything you need to know before you start slicing.

How Big Is a Typical Slice of Bread?

Your standard slice of store-bought sandwich bread clocks in at about 1 ounce per slice. An 8×4-sized homemade loaf will yield about 12 1-ounce slices while a 9×5 serves around 16 slices.

When you’re baking bread from scratch, the process can be tricky. Make sure you bookmark our guide to baking bread for more tips and tricks.

How to Slice Homemade Bread

I bake bread at least once a week, and over the years, I’ve figured out a few useful tricks. Before you break out your bread knife, make sure your homemade loaf has cooled completely. Don’t be tempted to cut it right away! Give it at least an hour or two before you start slicing. There’s no denying that a cool loaf is easier to slice.

Find yourself struggling not to squish your bread as you’re cutting the loaf? Try turning it on to its side before you start sawing. It makes for much easier cutting, especially for crusty homemade bread. If you bake bread on the regular, investing in a bread slicer like this will make all the difference in getting perfect slices every time.

Ready to put your bread making skills to the test? Check out our best-ever homemade bread recipes.

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Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.