Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

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Basic Homemade Bread Recipe
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Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

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Here's a basic yeast-risen white bread that bakes up deliciously golden brown. I enjoy the aroma of freshly baked homemade bread in my kitchen. —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, about 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, about 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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Victoria User ID: 9236016 272014
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2017

"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."

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Rose User ID: 9234029 271673
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2017

"Turned out great :-)"

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Amy User ID: 9233988 271667
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2017

"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!"

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Dominique User ID: 9227362 269926
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2017

"Literally the worst bread I have ever made. I can't believe it got so many positive reviews. I made this twice. The first time I thought it was my oven that had ruined it, or maybe the yeast wasn't good enough. However the second time through I had the right ingredients, fixed the oven and I had the worst results. It is best to try another recipe."

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Jason User ID: 9224774 269773
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2017

"Awesome awesome awesome bread. So good as a sandwich, killer as mop up bread with gravy. Even better with garlic seasoning and butter lightly toasted! I have made this bread six times now and everyone loves it, thanks so much."

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Anja User ID: 9220738 269591
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2017

"I have made this twice and after the first rise don't knead the dough. It makes it VERY dense. On my second bake It was half as dense, but it was still dense. If you don't knead it enough before the first rise the glutton won't build enough to become light and fluffy."

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Erin User ID: 9220468 269574
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2017

"Worked out great"

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marywilliams User ID: 4217984 269111
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2017

"Surely something was left out of this recipe. Followed recipe exactly and it was terrible!! Don't know how it got any stars. Wasted ingredients"

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Amudha User ID: 9213500 269040
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2017

"Love this simple recipe This is my 1st time baking white bread at home. I have baked spelt flour recipes a couple of times and came out good. Love the taste, Instead of adding only all purpose flour I added 3-1/2 cups all purpose and the rest spelt flour, also added a tblspoon of flax seed powder. I have never loved white bread like this before. Next time I will definitely use all ... all purpose flour :). I am a beginner in bread baking, this recipe really made me confident abt my bread baking skills. Thank you."

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Annabelle User ID: 9148333 267448
Reviewed May. 29, 2017

"Was super easy to make and turned out well! The directions were simple and easy to follow."

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