- 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
- 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).
Reviews forBasic Homemade Bread
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"I tried this recipe once and it was terrible. The second time I used 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon sugar. Dissolved the sugar and then added the yeast. Cover the yeast and let it set for 10 minutes until frothy. After that I added the rest of the ingredients and kneeded the living carp out of it. Everything turned out perfect this time. Light, fluffy, and yeasty. It was delicious. Just active the yeast in this way and it will turn out fine."
"First time baking bread and this recipe was so easy to follow and bread came out delicious. Crust was just right, perfect height and density. I used 6 1/4 cups of King Arthur's Unbleached bread Flour and added a touch of honey. I will be making my own bread and rolls from now on using this basic recipe."
"Turned out great :-)"
"I just made this bread and it turned out marvelous! However, I feel like it has some important steps left out that you need to know if you're not an experienced bread Baker. First of all - to activate your yeast - you need to put the warm water and yeast and sugar alone in your bowl. Stir it well, cover it, and set it aside when it's frothy looking - those foamy looking bubbles mean the yeast is ready to go. THEN add all the other ingredients. Otherwise it's a great basic recipe. Make sure to work the dough long enough - I do half with a dough hook and my KitchenAid and half by hand on a flour dusted counter. It needs to feel really smooth and stretchy. Good luck! It tastes delicious and a perfect texture!"