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Basic Homemade Bread

If you'd like to learn how to bake bread, here's a wonderful place to start. This easy white 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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups bread flour

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in warm water; let stand until bubbles form on surface. Whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Stir oil into yeast mixture; pour into flour mixture and 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, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  • Bake at 375° until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped or has reached an internal temperature of 200°, 30-35 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
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Homemade Bread Tips

How do you use yeast?

Yeast can be tricky at first, but once you learn how to proof yeast, you should be all set. The trick is to make sure the water is not too hot. Don't go higher than about 110 degrees.

How do you knead bread?

Kneading bread is simple. Flour your worktop, then push, pull and stretch the dough until it's nice and smooth. When it's properly kneaded, the dough should be stretchy and smooth.

How do you proof bread?

Proofing bread allows the yeast to do its work to help the dough grow. To proof bread, place the bread in a greased bowl and let rest in a warm, humid environment until it doubles in size. If you're having trouble getting the dough to proof, use these proofing tricks.

How do you store homemade bread?

You can store homemade bread in a plastic bag or a bread box for maximum freshness. If you don't think you can finish it in a few days' time, you can also freeze bread. Just wrap it up in plastic and pop in the freezer. It'll keep for a few months. If your bread has gone a bit stale, you can always use it to make homemade croutons, French toast or bread pudding.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 102 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • dan
    Jan 16, 2021

    Gerri, the oven may have been to high for the yeast and it died, keep in warm moist area, about 80 degrees. you can put them in the oven on minimal heat but if you do, put them on a large baking dish thats got water on it to keep the humidity up. Dont bake the bread until the bread has risen to the top of the pan, but not over, otherwise the little it will rise in the oven heat will spill too far over the pan. Carrie, sugar is the simplest of the 'starches' that yeast needs to form, you can use honey or even corn starch, sugar just allows the yeast to propagate fastest. if you use honey or starch it will take longer. if you use these let the yeast work on the liquid mix before adding to the flour, that gives them the boost needed to really work into the flour. Remember not to put yeast into too hot of liquid mix or it make kill it.

  • Gretchen
    Jan 15, 2021

    This is quick, easy and fool proof. I've made this recipe 4 times now and the loaves are perfect each time. They freeze well too and are easy to slice. Great for sandwiches.

  • Gerri
    Jan 11, 2021

    I followed the directions completely and when the bread doubled in size (about an hour or less) in the 2 pans, I took them out (always warm in the oven) and shaped them in the loaf pans and baked at 375 degrees and they did not puff up. I also used all purpose flour.

  • Carrie
    Jan 8, 2021

    I actually have a question. Does the sugar in this recipe make the bread taste sweet at all? My family does not like regular loaf type bread that is the least little bit sweet. We do love cinnamon rolls and the such, just not sandwich type bread.

  • mom2joshua04
    Jan 7, 2021

    Super easy starter recipe for any nonbakers! turned out perfectly and my family gobbled it up. Currently making more!

  • Simone
    Dec 29, 2020

    Such a great recipe and easy for this beginner to follow. You saved our Christmas! Last year my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she's the one that made Christmas with her cooking and baking. Dad has been her caregiver ever since and has been cooking like a champ. My husband and I live 2min. away, and my brother is staying with them and has been a huge help. But none of us were ready for the holidays... Not really Last year I did NOTHING. This year we cooked what we wanted instead of trying to mimic what mom did. Fried catfish and shrimp, anyone?I also was able to make homemade bread and ham for the family. A tradition that's been in place for as long as I can remember and I'm 50. They loved it! Thank you 1000x and happy holidays!

  • Patricia
    Dec 23, 2020

    Love this bread, and easy to make. My family loves it too.??

  • Molly
    Dec 21, 2020

    This bread is super easy to make! Made it for my family and friends and they said it was the best bread they ever had!

  • Holly
    Dec 18, 2020

    I'm new to bread making. I've tried two other breads before this one and this one is my favorite. My family enjoys this bread and it's very easy to make. I did not use a bread pan and my loaves baked nicely. It does not state whether to preheat the oven or not. I preheated it. I will not buy store bought bread again unless I am in a pinch. Great recipe!

  • Kerri
    Dec 15, 2020

    I’ve tried many white bread recipes and this is the only one I make now. I make this weekly and it’s got a lovely texture. Toasts up amazing! Nice and easy and I make croutons out of the end piece. Keeps brilliantly in the fridge and perfect for sandwiches.