Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

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Basic Homemade Bread Recipe
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Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

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If you'd like to learn how to make bread, here's a wonderful place to start. This easy bread recipe bakes up deliciously golden brown. There's nothing like the homemade aroma wafting through my kitchen as it bakes. —Sandra Anderson, New York, New York
MAKES:
32 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:
32 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 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.
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.
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).
Originally published as Basic Homemade Bread in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p452

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 102 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

  • 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, 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).
Originally published as Basic Homemade Bread in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p452

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Frédéric-Bastien User ID: 9326954 277889
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2017

"Didn't think I would get it right, but somehow I did. Then I started doing twice the recipe and ended up with substituting some flour with wheat bran and try different shapes. I ended up with baguettes, subs, bread and buns. All in one cooking session. Even tried some maple & cinnamon bread which ended up great!"

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Heavens_IL User ID: 58504 277094
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2017

"I usually fail miserably at anything connected with yeast but I made 2 successful loaves with this recipe. I took the advice of previous reviewers and mixed the water, sugar and yeast and let it stand to proof it. I also looked up other tips online like "How to tell when bread is risen enough (not just "doubled")" "How to tell when bread is ready to bake" "How to tell when bread is thoroughly baked". With those tips I produced 2 nice loaves. The only thing I would have liked is a finer texture. I've only been able to produce that in the past using the sponge method. I will use this recipe again."

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Craig User ID: 9302087 277042
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2017

"Steph, try using warmer water - 120 to125 degrees. Air humidity and temperature are most important. Your DIL."

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Katie User ID: 9290865 276583
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2017

"OMG first time I ever baked bread, this recipe is the best. first time And easy to follow Instructions will make it more of it. And tasty nice and fluffy"

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Janet User ID: 9280929 276294
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2017

"I love how easy it is to follow. Too bad I didn't follow it:( I forgot to put the oil in. Didn't even clue in until I was reviewing cook times! We shall see. I will re-review once I've tried it."

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Adrienne User ID: 9278633 276196
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2017

"I've been making this bread for the last 6 years and my family LOVES it! This bread is easy to make and tastes wonderful too. This bread is a staple in our home!"

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robert User ID: 9264296 274609
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2017

"Great easy recipe and a first time bread maker like me can make. Great tasting bread and so easy to make"

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Katheryn User ID: 9254171 273325
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2017

"The best bread recipe that I have ever used. Beautiful and very delish. My now go to bread recipe!!"

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jenilovesdaisies User ID: 532785 273085
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2017

"Making this recipe for the second time this week! It's easy and delicious. I mix the yeast, water and sugar in the bowl first, wait ten minutes and then add in the salt, flour and oil. I use a blend of bread flour, whole wheat and ground flax seed. It makes loaves that are light and not too crusty."

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Robin User ID: 9240991 272467
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2017

"I created an account just to rate this excellent recipe, which I followed exactly as written. I know some people have commented that it's important to activate the yeast, but I didn't do that. I just did what the recipe said and it worked out fine. I also used regular old all-purpose flour (some have said it's important to use some kind of special bread flour), and it was perfect: light, fluffy, with a crust that wasn't too hard--exactly what I wanted. I'm not sure what happened with the folks who called this recipe "terrible" and said they ended up with bread that was inedible. All I can say is their experience is nothing like mine.

Highly recommended!"

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