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, 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.

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  • 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, 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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RaChel User ID: 9406352 282198
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2018

"This recipe is awesome! I made it just like the recipe stated. It was perfect. I will be making more today. My whole family loved it. For people who can't get the bread to rise, try putting it in front of a small heater. It helped mine rise a lot."

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Teresa User ID: 9403980 282056
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2018

"First time I made bread. Was very easy and came out perfectly. Thank you!"

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Shareel User ID: 9403888 282047
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2018

"Fail!?? followed the recipe to par but the bread didnt rise at all. Not sure what eent wrong but the flour didnt rise before or during baking. Any suggestion or idea why?"

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Sean User ID: 9394876 281620
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2018

"I am not experienced with yeast breads at all. This is the second one I've made. I followed the recipe exactly and was rewarded with two beautiful and delicious loaves of bread. The crust came out just right crispness and the texture on the inside is delightful, soft, delicious. I am so proud of how they turned out! easy to follow directions, will definitely use this recipe again.

Edit: My family tried it later in the day and all 4 of them lost their mind over the deliciousness, and I received specific compliments on crust and texture. This bread is really a hit!"

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Rachel User ID: 9386452 280421
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2018

"Scale of 1-10:

Ease of prep: 9, super easy, just toss in a bowl and mix
Cooking time: 8, it's about average for breads
Texture: 8, still a little fluffier than I like but the crust isn’t as flaky
Moisture: 9, has enough that I didn't feel like a slice NEEDED some kind of spread
Flavor: 6, sweeter than I like, less sugar next time."

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Robert User ID: 9385394 280349
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2018

"I have never baked anything before.. the homemade bread recipe was excellent and easy. Thank you"

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Debbie User ID: 9383159 280244
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2017

"Omg! I made this bread for my fist time to make bread and it was ausome. Thank you for letting me use the recipe. I'll use it many more times. Thanks Again D from Texas"

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Rachel User ID: 9352949 278913
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2017

"This recipe worked great! I have been looking for a good basic bread recipe to go with some amazing jam we are giving away this Christmas. I looked through the comments and took folks' common advice and it turned out really well! Bloom the yeast in the warm water with the sugar, mix and let proof for 10 minutes before incorporating the other ingredients. Also - hand knead this dough. I am on my second batch having done the hand kneading as opposed to the dough hook this time around and it has turned out even better than the first time. This is an easy, no-fuss recipe that turns out great."

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Shilpa User ID: 9343121 278585
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2017

"This is my go to recipe I am a novice bread baker and was a bit nervous if this recipe would work out. I am glad I did it's a hit every time the only thing I would like to share is the first time the bread lost moisture and so was a bit hard but then a friend told me to put a tray with water on the bottom rack to create a steam oven I am glad I got this tip the bread comes out moist on the inside and crusty on the outside!"

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Chrystelle User ID: 9333053 278180
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2017

"My family loves this recipe. I use it to make rolls! Perfect crusty but soft bread. Love it!"

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