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Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:32 servings


  • 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).

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

"Turned out great :-)"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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

"Worked out great"

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"

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."

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."

Steven User ID: 9172585 266165
Reviewed May. 21, 2017

"I've made this bread several times already! The first time was good, and has only gotten better each time! I concur with Ryan below about using bread flour (I used King Arthur), but I use my wife's beloved Kitchenaid stand mixer which more than meets and exceeds the challenge of kneading. I also divide the dough into thirds (and can even go for four small loaves), and it does keep for a few days, IF it lasts that long! :-D The final bread product, when made with bread flour, is a good crumb, nice chew and wonderfully crispy, yet soft, crust.

A WONDERFUL beginner's recipe! I'll experiment with adding herbs and other flavors to this dough!"

Naniita User ID: 9172308 266157
Reviewed May. 20, 2017

"When you say 1/4 ounce of yeast, does that equal to 7grams of yeast? I have access to dry yeast by the packets. Each packet contains 1 g of dry yeast. Do I use 7?"

Lisa User ID: 9164369 265771
Reviewed May. 9, 2017

"Making this bread right now not sure if it will turn out because I used olive oil not canola oil used pizza crust yeast Its what I had available at the time ."

Shinel User ID: 9164252 265763
Reviewed May. 9, 2017

"I actually signed up on here to leave a review. I NEVER leave reviews for recipes I've tried. But I made this bread and this was the first time I got bread RIGHT! The dough was stiff yet workable, it raised well and I actually got 4 loaves instead of just the 2! It tasted delicious and this is the recipe I'd pass down to my generation of family! It's THAT amazing!"

Ryan User ID: 9163537 265684
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"Simply outstanding. I've made this recipe more than once -- several times at high elevation in Denver, another time at/near sea level in Houston. I never leave reviews for recipes, but felt the need to pay it forward on this one. PRO TIP (based on experience and experimentation): use UNBLEACHED bread flour if you want a softer crust. I've used standard, all-purpose bleached flour, but the crust ends up too hard. It's almost too difficult to cut through it in the end. I much prefer the softer crust. As for the rest of the recipe, follow it. It's perfect. I mix it all by hand using a mixing bowl and, literally, a regular fork. Yes, my arm begins to ache by the time I've added the 4th cup of flour. Also, if you are a bread-baking newbie like I was, I used the advice found here to determine if my bread had risen enough on both the 1st and 2nd rise. The oven trick is perfect too on my electric oven:"

Shannon User ID: 9157309 265363
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2017

"AWESOME, easy bread recipe! Loaf just came fresh out of the oven. ...yum! Perfect ingredient portions. Even works with Himalayan Pink Salt for regular salt & Pure Cane Sugar instead of regular. When I divided the dough in half; made that one loaf and divided the other half in two, put them in refrigerator for future use. Thanks for sharing!"

Mi Mi C User ID: 9146390 264826
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2017

"Could this recipe be doubled ?"

Ameena User ID: 9140104 264601
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2017 Edited Apr. 13, 2017

"My family and i are absolutely in love with this recipe. I only halved the recipe and came out best. It's the bomb. This is my go to bread recipe from now on"

Ripzonerob User ID: 9135808 264485
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2017

"This recipe was a total fale in my books not only should you just dissolve the yeast in warm water and then it says to ad your sugar and salt right away with the flour. Did they forget the part where you should let your yeast stand . I prefer to take warm water with suger dissolved in it and then ad the yeast and let it stand. Then after 10 minutes i will mix in the flour salt butter and water and or milk. Mine never even came up an inch. I threw it away"

trish User ID: 9117398 264318
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2017

"guys this recipe worked my family loved it so from now on we prefer making our own bread at home save money and way delicious yes guys thanks to the owner GOD BLESS"

Katie User ID: 9119447 263918
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"This was perfectly simple and delicious! I made it just as written. I started with 5 cups of flour, but easily made it to 6.5 cups while kneading the dough. I only have one bread pan, so I put half of the dough in a loaf pan and made the rest as a round loaf in a casserole dish. Both turned out great. I'm sure we will be making this again soon!"

Ashley User ID: 9096313 261955
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2017

"I had no idea what I was doing making bread on my own for the first time! This recipe is so easy for the beginner, and the only problem I had with the bread was how quickly my family scarfed it down! Thank you so much!"

Victoria User ID: 9079480 261323
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017 Edited Feb. 15, 2017

"I have never been able to bake bread. It was always a waste! I am loving this recipe. I could tell by the dough that it would be good but it WA really great. After the 3 cups of flour, I did what the recipe advised and added the extra flour 1/2 cup at a time and 51/2 cups did the trick ( plus extra for kneading). I made a nice round loaf, a regular sized loaf and 6 cinnamon rolls that I made by adding a mixture of sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and a bit of flour and vanilla and heaping it on top of the rolls before baking. Everything tasted delicious. I'm hooked! Will be baking this bread alot! Thank you!"

Katherine User ID: 9079313 261321
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017

"Simply delicious. My husband loved it too."

Sam User ID: 9063428 260697
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"It was delicious and easy to make. I would recommend putting an egg wash or butter over the loaf before cooking to make it look better though."

E User ID: 9052506 260273
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"I accidentally doubled the amount of sugar, salt and oil (I tried to cut the recipe in half... mistakes were made), but the bread still came out looking and tasting amazing! I imagine my accidental adjustments just made for a more flavorful loaf, which is nothing I'm complaining about. I would definitely make this again."

TONI User ID: 9048728 260100
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! I have been searching for an easy picture perfect yeast bread recipe for 50 years. The first recipe I tried I threw away the loaf. This is fool proof. AND YES I DID MODIFY, used only 5 cups flour then extra for dusting, only used 2 tsp of salt. If I could add a picture I would. I drove in a thunderstorm to take slices to neighbor because I needed a witness as how wonderful it was ! A man would marry you in a heartbeat if you served this.LOL"

sammyd5 User ID: 4183283 260066
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2017

"Very easy. I think there's a bit too much sugar though. It could do with, maybe, one tablespoon less."

Shannon User ID: 9028520 259519
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2017

"My family and I Love this recipe for bread .. 1st try and success. For starters, start here. I watched a youtube before attempting to get the process down."

paulawinebrenner User ID: 8085380 259350
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2017

"First time "bread maker" from scratch. OMG - this is as good as .... chocolate! A MUST REPEAT recipe. Simply outstanding!"

Kim User ID: 9018377 259232
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"This is essentially the Betty Crocker White bread recipe from the 1950 cookbook, which I no longer have :( So I was happy to find a similar recipe! The only difference I can see is the Betty Crocker recipe called for shortening or lard rather than canola oil. I compromised and used butter LOL :) Also, if I'm not mistaken, the Betty Crocker recipe says to bake at 425, not 375. I'm going to give this 375 a go this time and stick to the recipe as written. Other than the butter, that is...because it looks like it's a winner as written!

I just want to say I'm a touch annoyed by reviewers who leave one star, then go on to explain how they changed this and that and had bad results and won't make the recipe again. How about actually following the recipe, and if you don't, it's a little unfair to one-star the posted recipe when it's your changes that probably really failed. Just a thought ;)
And yes, one tablespoon of salt is the correct amount."

pas User ID: 9006102 258792
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2016

"I used this recipe to make my first bread in the oven (I've used a bread machine before). easy to make and tastes great. I used 5-3/4 cups of flour."

Beth User ID: 8993917 258463
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2016

"I had never made bread before trying this recipe. It is so good! I'm now making loaves for my neighbors for Christmas! I also added cheese and jarred jalape?os and was worried that it would mess up with not changing any of the other measurements -turned out delicious! turned out delicious Thank you for this recipe !"

dpk User ID: 8983739 257944
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"I just made this amazing bread and it tastes great! I only needed 5.5 cups of flour and it still came out quite dense. I baked in the oven one level up from the bottom with a cookie sheet on the bottom level. This keeps the bottom from getting too burnt.

It came out looking exactly like the picture. My kids love it too! This is great cause I hate breadmakers since the belt eventually slips on them and they make more noise. Now I can make bread with no preservatives!"

Abigail User ID: 8979984 257702
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016 Edited Dec. 5, 2016

"I love this recipe, and so does everyone whose tasted it. I had to start dividing the dough into three portions and put the loaves into smaller pans since my family nearly inhales it every time I make it. I don't even need to adjust the baking time, they turn out beautifully every time. As for the amount of flour, I think the recipe is only showing you what you will need before you start, like say you only need 5 cups of flour for the bread, what happens if you only have that much flour? You can't knead the bread so well cuz you ran out, I tested how much I end up using after my dough is ready to be kneaded, and I use almost another whole cup of flour."

melody User ID: 8979844 257665
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"I want my bread to look like the one in the picture. Mine wasn't golden brown but I'll try it again."

MiMi User ID: 8976732 257441
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016


I've tried 2 other "easy" recipes over the last 2 days and BOTH went in the trash! I finally found this recipe, and while reluctant, because of the last 2 failures, I decided to give this one a try. I am sooooo glad I did! Not only are the ingredients simple, but so is putting it together and making it.
I did make a few minor modifications based on some of the reviews. I used 5 1/4 cups of flour instead of the 6 1/4 to 6 3/4 cups it calls for. I found that the recommended amount of flour was just entirely too much. I also used vegetable oil instead of canola, because that's all I had.
This bread is wonderful! My husband, son and mother ate a whole loaf in two hours! The other loaf is almost gone today.
It is so moist and soft. I can't believe it turned out this good! I made everyone french toast this morning and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. We will no longer spend $3 for a loaf of store bought bread. I've finally found my tried and trusted recipe right here!
Good luck everyone! Enjoy this awesome recipe. Your family will thank you for it! :)
P.S. This site should allow us to post pictures, to prove how our recipes turned out."

Jolandri User ID: 8974867 257252
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"Love this recipe, the bread was delicious. We doubled the recipe and used extra virgin olive oil instead of canola oil, it came out perfect, I just decreased the salt as olive oil has a stronger taste as canola!"

Rose User ID: 8972933 257095
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"This is exactly the same as the recipe I use in my bread machine, just use half the ingredients and add an egg. Heaven. One trick I do that really makes a huge difference is to spray surface with Pam instead of dusting with four. Also spray your hands, butter would work just as well"

Whitney User ID: 8972556 257075
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"Absolutely love this recipe! I have made it several times now. My husband and I have stopped buying bread and only eat what I make :)

Linda that posted Nov 15, 2016...
The olive oil will make it salty and taste a little weird. I would recommend using either canola or vegetable oil (corn oil may also work, but haven't tried it). As long as you use the right type of oil one tablespoon of salt is perfect. I also like to grease the bowl and pans with Un salted butter. It adds a nice slight butter taste."

Linda User ID: 8968491 256812
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2016

"I was disappointed in this bread. I wonder if the 1 tablespoon of salt is correct - I don't think I have ever added 1 tablespoon of salt to anything I have made. I thought this bread tasted too salty. I didn't have canola oil so I used olive oil and sprayed the pans with Pam - not sure if those things had anything to do with the salty taste. I will not be making this again."

Manar User ID: 8968171 256786
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"Great recipe. I like it better with 1.5-2 tsp of salt. I also added some chopped jalapeno and cheddar cheese to one loaf. It was great!"

wlyor90 User ID: 2724958 256120
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"Can this be made in a bread machine?"

Jesuslives777 User ID: 8714929 255301
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2016

"I have tried my entire life to make bread like this and I felt like Queen for a day when I actually succeeded! Your recipe made learning it fun! Thanks for making a recipe that finally made me a success!!!!"

SophiaNJ User ID: 8952023 255273
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2016

"Oh. My. Jesus!!! Such a simple and perfect recipe!!! The bread is awesome. Soft on the inside, a bit of crunch on the outside... mmmh mmmh mmmh!!! I made mine with a little less flour too (About 5 cups), and added raisins. Thank you so much for posting this :)"

Alybibi User ID: 8950334 255170
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2016

"This is by far the most simplistic bread recipe I've ever come across. I've tried so many bread recipes but I could never memorize them because of so many steps involved and the bread never came out exactly as the recipe's image or as it should. This recipe came out perfect, my kids and husband loved it and I was able to memorize the steps so I can put my spin on it. Today I made it for the second time with 3 cups white flour and 3 cups wheat. Peerfect! It's a keeper!!"

MySweetPoisonIvy User ID: 8949709 255123
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"Works great. Though I only need 5 1/2 cups of flour or it becomes too dense"

haleighk User ID: 8945773 254916
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"This recipe is awesome! I have never made bread before and was so worried that I'd be terrible at it because my mom never got the hang of it. The only thing I did differently is I used instant yeast instead of the active dry, because when I bought yeast before finding this recipe I didn't know which to buy. Other than that I followed the recipe to a T. The bread came out perfect. I can't believe I made perfect bread on my first try! And it's really yummy. I'll be using this recipe from now on and I'll be making a lot more bread from here on out!"

Pkfarmer User ID: 894377 254590
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016


Mine is rising the first time right now. Thinking about making it into cinnamon rolls.
To the person (lucylinecm) questioning the recipe, it takes about 6 1/2 cups of flour. was horrible. Didn't rise, maybe the yeast."

Redpunzel User ID: 7749429 254318
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"this bread is the most consistently fantastic bread i have ever made-and i make a lot of bread, i love the attention i get for this wonderful bread! I don't deserve the fuss really because it is dead easy to make ha ha :)"

johnniegirl06 User ID: 8927070 253665
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"Loved it! I've never made bread before and this was so much easier than I thought it would be. Great by itself or for sandwiches."

vcorb User ID: 8921855 253247
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

"I made this bread today and followed the recipe pretty close including the rising times, except for a couple ingredients. I changed out 1 1/2 cups of the flour for whole wheat flour and used instant dry yeast 2 1/4 tsp (= 1 pkg yeast) plus I added a little more yeast (about 1/2 tsp) because of the whole wheat flour. I also sifted all the flour after measuring. It raised beautifully and turned out very good. It's going to be my go to recipe for bread. Enjoying every slice!"

Geeta2016 User ID: 8909507 252421
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"Tried this recipe today. super easy and my loaves came out really well..lovely super soft texture..Thanks a bunch for the recipe !!"

Joyjeg User ID: 8906445 252222
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"This recipe was so easy and my family loved it. I have a question about making mini loaves. What would be the cook time?"

danalbell User ID: 3817192 250302
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"My go-to recipe for basic white bread. easy and turns out well every time. For a soft crust, brush with a little butter when you take it out of the oven."

Jenerater User ID: 8887415 250021
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2016

"Thanks a lot for the easy to follow recipe and videos. I'm a beginner bread maker and your video's really help me. Thanks again from NZ"

haltra121382 User ID: 8767349 249680
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"I double this recipe and bake 4 loaves at a time because my family & I love this bread so much! It is a delicious recipe! Garlic cheese toast, open pb & j sandwiches, and good Ole buttered toast are just a few of our favorite ways to eat it! My daughter just eats it plain and untoasted she likes it so much!"

Lenatabafunda User ID: 8877461 249320
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"easy & simple recipe to follow. Delicious every time!!"

rubyteal User ID: 8871165 248761
Reviewed May. 29, 2016

"Currently enjoying this toasted with jam and a nice cup of coffee. Great recipe! I found the sugar unnecessary so eliminated that and it tastes just as good. Also decided to just wing it on the flour-- add it until the dough was ready, no more no less, and that worked better than the first batch.

I've never baked bread before and this was the perfect beginner's recipe! So excited to try new twists on it as well."

Countrymummy User ID: 8868768 248656
Reviewed May. 26, 2016

"Great bread, easy recipe, and it rose really well with a crusty outside and fluffy inside. I made a loaf and some buns for burgers with the dough and they were perfect. I read a couple reviews about the flour total being wrong, the recipe does ask for 6 -63/4 cups in total and I added that much and it was fine. It asks for three cups first and then additional flour after as much as needed. Followed the recipe as is and it turned out as I would have hoped. I will make this again and pass it on."

tgye User ID: 8866519 248525
Reviewed May. 23, 2016

"Followed the recipe as it is works fine tnx"

lucylinecm User ID: 8233737 248366
Reviewed May. 18, 2016

"Why does the ingredient list say 6 cups of flour, but they only tell you to put 3 into the dough, (plus some extra). I put in a little extra to make the dough not stick, but that was no where near 6 cups total! I hope I'm not making this bread all wrong!! Please fix the directions!"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 248184
Reviewed May. 13, 2016

"Great recipe. I used half whole wheat and half white flour. I also used olive oil instead of the canola oil called for. This recipe calls for one tablespoon of salt. I thought that was too much, so I used less. I should have added the full tablespoon the recipe called for. The bread was still very good, but when I make this again, and I will add one tablespoon of salt. Thanks for the great bread recipe."

Maddmoxie User ID: 8837247 247168
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"Tried this recipe for the first time and I was very pleased with the results. I can't offer any suggestions for improvements. Very simple recipe. If you follow directions precisely you will get some really great bread. Hope it stays fresh for a couple days. Definitely worth making again!"

Lizzitto User ID: 8833408 247027
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016

"I've tweaked this a little to make it better (for me atleast ) I use 3 teas yeast ,only rise once ,it makes it a lot less dense ,I also changed the temp around some(lower like 10 degrees) ,and it seems to make it even softer ,but still same time"

jkmeyers1924 User ID: 7167319 246909
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"Is there a bread machine version of the classic white bread?"

pardenmygarden User ID: 8427537 246902
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"I'm rating simply for the other reviews. I'll try this next week. As for answering the questions from cdj516 - whether the dough can be halved _ yes I can't see any issues. As for freezing the dough - can't say for sure. I don't usually freeze bread dough. What I do is bake the whole recipe, cool to room temp and divide each loaf into three. For us that is the perfect size for a day or two. I wrap the sections individually in plastic wrap, then place into a freezer bag. I grab out of the freezer as I need it. Thawing isn't an issue... takes 10 minutes or so."

cdj516 User ID: 2641255 246663
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"I am rating this based on looking for so long for a easy basic bread recipe. This is exactly the "basic" bread recipe I have been looking for!!! I have not made it yet but will very soon, I am however concerned about how much bread it will make, I have a small household so I am reaching out for advice: has anyone tried to make only half of the recipe and also can this dough be frozen if I make the full amount and only bake one loaf of bread. I love the other idea's of what I can make with it. Your suggestions are great."

Pattizcakes User ID: 2464819 246022
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2016

"Excellent recipe! For those asking about flour weight, 142 grams = 1cup and 5oz = 1 cup. I measure my flour on a scale for anything I make from scratch. It makes all the difference."

Keegan1427 User ID: 8803684 245385
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"Great recipe for bread! Definitely nostalgic of when my mother used to bake it for us. This recipe is enough for two loaves :)"

leinaalajoan User ID: 8494534 245278
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2016

"I like to substitute honey for the sugar. Turns out great!"

elevation24 User ID: 8264791 244027
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"Turned out really good. I should've formed mine better, I just dumped it in there so the top was a bit funky ;D I did halve this recipe. My first attempt at making bread and it makes me want to try other recipes! Really tasty, I'm glad it was a success!"

joy2bmom User ID: 2105828 243980
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"My whole family loves this bread and begs me to make more. We have significantly cut out store bought bread and instead make this. We have also used it as pizza crust and that was great too. We made two pizzas out of one batch of dough, but found the dough too thick - a half recipe/batch could make two pizzas (or whole recipe for one loaf of bread & two pizza crusts). Plan to try to add in whole wheat flour soon."

Giginine User ID: 2202747 243464
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"The BEST recipe for homemade white bread I've ever tried. It is moist and delicious with a hint of sweetness. It is perfect! My only regret is the fact that I LOVE it ... Hence I eat it ~ waaaay too much. :)"

Sdausel User ID: 4152982 243097
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"I made this recipe today and used 1/2 all purpose flour and 1/2 whole wheat. The loaves turned out golden brown on the outside and a lovely light brown on the inside. The bread was delicious. The recipe was easy to follow and I will be using it again. Thanks for posting!"

Monica092 User ID: 8736498 242998
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"I would like to make this bread but with less sugar, would that be possible?"

Serena.A User ID: 8718753 242627
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016 Edited Feb. 2, 2016

"Great basic bread and just what I was looking for. I substituted olive oil for canola oil and didn't notice a difference. I also turned one loaf into focaccia bread. I put half the dough in an oiled 13 x 9 lasagna pan and sprinkled the top with minced fresh garlic and sliced olives. I let it rise the second time and baked it alongside the regular loaf. 10 minutes before it was done I sprinkled shredded cheese over the top. Very tasty.

Also used two tbsp sugar instead of three with no problem."

SMessina User ID: 8714979 242556
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"Really simple, quick and tasty bread. I used 5 cups of ultragrain white flour and found it to be the perfect texture with great rise - as long as my kitchen was decently warm. I let the loaves rise beside my crock pot while it was cooking some soup on low and that seemed to do the trick. The taste was really lovely, just a hint of sweet and not too yeasty, with a nice crumb and golden crispy crust. Will be making this bread often!"

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 241304
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

"I have made this bread twice with bleached flour and whole wheat flour, both turned out perfect and taste great. easy recipe for a beginner bread maker. Thanx for the recipe"

zachnuggets User ID: 8688401 241231
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"Really needs to have weights for salt, sugar and flour. Tasty recipe though."

jwh8847 User ID: 1786276 240541
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"I followed the suggestion of using half all purpose flour and half bread flour. I also needed 6 full cups of flour. I made one loaf of bread and rolled the other half out into twelve cinnamon rolls. My dough raised beautifully. I have a proofing setting on my oven, and let the loaf rise for 40 minutes, which is about how much it took me to make the cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon rolls took about an hour to rise. Turned out great - very easy dough to work with, and this bread will go into my recipe rotation."

franzt05 User ID: 8665111 239548
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"I have a son who doesn't like eggs, butter and milk, so I went looking for a bread recipe that don't have eggs, butter or milk. The bread that i usually make has butter and milk. I tried this recipe and had great success, I have added it as my standard bread recipe. Thanks to Sandra Anderson for submitting the recipe and to taste of home for publishing it."

seablue02 User ID: 3510726 239052
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015 Edited Jan. 8, 2016

"I have made this bread several times over the past month and this is what I can tell you. (1) the first time I made it, I used all purpose flour, as the recipe called for. The bread came out really good. (2) the second time I made it, I used bread flour. The bread came out really good. In both, the texture was good, but just a bit different from each other. Then came (3) and this time, I used a combination of 1/2 all purpose and 1/2 bread flour. Results? Perfect phenomenal bread. This had a great texture and taste and this will be the way I make it from now on.

Ok, now, I like a few others, have found that 5 cups of flour proves to be enough flour.
When I made bread tonight, I made 2 small loaves and a pan of cinnamon rolls. My husband and grandson loved them. They said the taste and texture were perfect."

fletwock User ID: 8648602 238735
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2015

"I created an account just leave a review. I am a novice baker (baking for about two weeks now) and my husband has been begging for YEARS for a homemade bread recipe. I finally broke down and Googled "homemade bread recipes" and this was the first one I found. And, WOW. It came out so golden brown and delicious! It rose beautifully and the recipe was so easy to follow! My husband and I promptly devoured half the loaf once I pulled it out of the oven. Oops. I am totally making pb&js with this bread for tomorrow's outing for me, my husband and our son. Fantastic recipe! Thanks for sharing!"

aguzamercado70 User ID: 8648319 238726
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2015

"reserving judgement until the b0oss weighs in ;))"

Brenda D User ID: 1438504 238020
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"I found this recipe doing a search for an easy beginners bread recipe. I love this recipe. It raises for me every time. I have recently begun to experiment with it by making rolls and cinnamon rolls. Very simple, very versatile recipe and it will stay in my favorite recipes notebook. I will say to the nay-sayers, get a candy thermometer and check your water temperature. My co-worker told me the easiest way to fail at bread making is to have your water or milk too hot when you add your yeast. Also, check your yeast expiration date."

Deb04270 User ID: 7255227 237892
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Use this recipe in my bread machine and it never fails if you follow machine and yeast directions!"

Aula User ID: 1127835 237876
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Excellent recipe. Many years ago a friend told me to buy a candy thermometer and to measure the temperature of the water to mix with yeast, usually 110-115 degrees. This makes bread making much simpler."

gerry steele User ID: 5421265 237858
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"This is a very good basic bread recipe. If yours didn't rise, it was because of reasons other than the recipe. I agree with others who commented earlier that either your water was too hot, yeast too old, or you made a mistake somewhere in your making the bread. Try again, following the directions."

margaretderrick User ID: 5513737 237710
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

"Excellent tasty bread even my grandson liked it and very easy to make.Going to make more tomorrow!"

BigRon2 User ID: 8300552 236909
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"Use 2 envelopes of dry yeast.. I did rose great I make challah and it uses 4 to 5 cups bread flour and requires 2 pkts yeast."

p8nthorselover User ID: 4171928 236908
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"This is the recipe my mom used for years for bread and cinnamon rolls. It always came out perfectly. I can't make it to save my life because I hate making yeast bread. It really does take 8-10 minutes of kneading, I don't have the patience! The water has to be the correct temperature and the yeast has to be fresh. If your yeast is expired, toss it."

Cleokatra User ID: 8607394 236874
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015 Edited Nov. 13, 2015

"I've baked bread all my life. This is a very good basic recipe for bread and it spin-offs like cinnamon rolls. Some people I notice complain of the bread not rising either you got your yeast too hot with the water and killed it, or did not take into account rising tempuratures or altitude do just make sure your yeast does not get too hot or cold and you should be fine."

tatt5 User ID: 8602029 236271
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"Excellent recipe!! Very easy to follow:)) and super delicious!! Definitely using this recipe again:)), mixed 2 different flour types, worked as a charm!!

Thank you!!"

Allgurls4us User ID: 8599578 236136
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"6 cups of flour would have been way too much I stopped at just over 5 cups, plenty!"

marlained User ID: 7654220 235855
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"This bread was excellent. I'm so excited to have found this easy recipe. I used honey instead of sugar and half whole wheat half all purpose flour delish. Thank you"

Rocheybarb00 User ID: 8555573 233884
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"easy to make and substitute whole wheat for white flour.

It was delicious."

KittensSC User ID: 8546501 233426
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"My whole family loved it! I made two loaves and they were gone in two days!"

marylynnt User ID: 8544329 233094
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2015

"Its not even finished yet n it already smells amazing!! Ive tried a couple different bread recipes on here and i love them all!"

aishaweiland User ID: 8448474 229640
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2015 Edited Aug. 19, 2015

"Very simple, yet awesome, recipe. Everyone could smell the warm, delicious, bread aroma from outside. We all loved it."

Sabby1224 User ID: 8427451 228538
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"Such an amazing recipe!! Just made it and my mom and dad loved it and so did I! Very simple... a little lengthy process but totally worth it!"

meli99 User ID: 8420077 228142
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"I love this site. It has awesome receipts that I can make for my family.... Sooooooo happy"

bashleycrazy4 User ID: 8388552 226878
Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"super easy an so delicious"

bcuberly User ID: 8356418 225680
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2015

"Thank you for such a marvelously easy bread recipe. Made this a couple of times. I use all whole wheat flour and it makes a bread that tastes pretty much exactly like Outback Steakhouse's bread. Helps with my diet because I try to cut preservatives and artificial ingredients out."

shawnad1 User ID: 8352972 225511
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2015

"Made this today and not only is the recipe super easy it turns out so delicious. A big hit in our house. Thank you for a wonderful bread recipe!"

amandinha User ID: 8326892 224551
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"Great bread... I just substitute 1 cup of water for 1 cup of milk, and stuffed one with shered mozzarella and the other with cherries.. Yummy yummy.. Thanks for this great recipe"

Byla User ID: 8325542 224452
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"So good! And easy. I ground up a cup's worth of steel cut oats and flaxseed in a coffee grinder and added it in place of another cup of flour (trying to eat healthier). It turned out great and nice texture. This bread rose much better than another recipe I used and looks beautiful."

andreabyer User ID: 8309998 223642
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"Delicious! I used a heating pad to help the bread rise."

jessdawnrad User ID: 8288020 222547
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"Best bread i have ever made. Tastes amazing!! My family loves it. So simple to make and very little ingredients."

MommyBear8910 User ID: 8281894 222191
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"This is way easy to make! I LOVE IT!"

sharon.1361 User ID: 8280078 222050
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"Excellent and easy bread recipe. I put water on the top of the bread when it comes out of the oven and wrap it in a towel to steam This creates a softer crust. Also, use 1/2 wheat to 1/2 white flour for a wheat bread."

rdt2011 User ID: 8278699 221943
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Very simple basic bread recipe. Also good for fry bread. After letting it rise and beating it down simply form into rounds and fry until crispy brown ."

Bunnytoes13 User ID: 8265778 220950
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"This recipe is very good thank you. Mine didn't rise well but that was my fault my house was to cool.

A question for the person before me Cmolina1. Why on earth would you give a recipe a 1 star because YOU didn't read the recipe?"

Cmolina1 User ID: 8263924 220769
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"For some reason i thought it said 3 cups flour. I was wondering why i had to double that. Aside from me reading directions wrong, its a fantasic basic recipe. I would say add a tiny bit of spice to the water before mixing. I added a pinch of garlic salt, onion powder, and italian season and just wow! Such a small amount of spice can go a very long ways!"

EmilyMeinen User ID: 8258526 220486
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"I've always had trouble finding the perfect bread recipe, but I can finally quit looking. This simple recipe bakes up perfectly and never disappoints!"

Ebohnart User ID: 8224837 218572
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"I love this! I started with the recipe as written down and it turned out beautiful each time! I have started making this with whole wheat flour (half all-purpose, half whole wheat), and making a cinnamon raisin version I read in one of the reviews that is awesome! It is my first and last bread recipe and is sooooooo good!"

mshieh User ID: 8212296 217834
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015 Edited Jan. 21, 2015

"We LOVE this bread! It's so simple and easy to make and it tastes great. My husband can't get enough (and that's saying a lot since he's not much of a bread eater)."

marleneweis59 User ID: 8209586 217674
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"easy peasy!"

rivercooking User ID: 8202616 217161
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"This is my first homemade bread recipe and it will be my last, there is no need to look elsewhere! I don't knead it the 8-10 minutes as directed, usually 5 minutes and it rises fine each time. It will not rise as much with sea salt but I like the taste a little better. Believe it or not, I am losing weight while eating this bread but only allow 2 slices per day with little other you can lose weight and eat delicious homemade bread!"

Dawnm214 User ID: 8185886 216126
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"The first time I tried this my yeast was expired, the water was too warm & I didn't wait long enough for the yeast to dissolve. Needless to say, the bread didn't rise and wasn't very good. While the "bad" loaves were in the oven I started a new batch with fresh yeast in the right temperature water & showed some patience letting it dissolve, the result was 2 beautiful loaves of bread! Such an easy recipe - if you follow it! I can't wait to try some of the suggested variations."

MamaD0525 User ID: 8182995 215929
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"I really can't get over this bread. I made 2 batches every week. I usually substitute 1 1/2 cups of AP flour with whole wheat. It's just lovely. Actually, I just made some except after letting it rise, I took one loaf worth, kneaded in about 1c. raisins, then rolled it out rubbed on some butter and sprinkled on cinnamon sugar (1 1/2 tbspn cinnamon, 3tbspn brown sugar), and rolled it up, let it rise and baked like the recipe says, and ohmygoodness. Best raisin bread I have ever had. Just came out of the oven. mmmmm"

jackieritchie User ID: 8150564 214506
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"My first time, and it was perfect. Slices wonderful for sandwiches, and delicious. And my

family loved it, they said more, more, more."

s1104brown User ID: 8142357 214171
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"Two loaves were gone in one day (family of 6). I've used other recipes, but this was hugely successful!"

ilovemikey3 User ID: 8124776 85140
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"Delicious, very easy... we don't use sugar, we use honey instead, and it is just divine!! My loaf pans are slightly smaller, so I'm able to break this into 3 even loaves. I've made it twice already (6 loaves total) Never buying store bread again!!"

JessieU User ID: 8123577 89599
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"I've always had issues making home made bread. This recipe has not let me down yet! The only thing I do differently is form the loaves by hand, make a few slashes at the top for decoration, and sprinkle a little corn meal on a greased cookie sheet. It makes the loaves come off the pan easier. These loaves go fast!"

Dance4HIM User ID: 8109817 141007
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"Absolutely the easiest and most delicious bread. Came out perfect the first time. OMG, my husband and kids had the first loaf down by the evening. Will be making this on a regular basis. I have had terrible success with my bread maker, although I will continue to try to find the perfect recipe for it."

herriga User ID: 8084616 162990
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"This was the first time I have tried homemade bread and I will never try a different recipe. It made 2 very large loaves and I can't stop eating them! I only have 1 loaf pan so I decided to just forgo them and put both of my loaves on a non-stick air bake cookie sheet. They came out beautifully. I went about 32 minutes until the internal temp was between 180 and 190. Immediately after they came out, I brushed the tops with olive oil. It really softened it up, but still has just enough of that homemade crunch. I'm excited to try variations including whole garlic cloves, apple and cinnamon, chocolate pudding mix and chocolate chips and herbs and cheese. We may never buy store bought bread again!!"

Allundris User ID: 8033853 156009
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"great recipe! My bread turned out perfect! I do beat my bread down twice though to get a more even mix. Also, in the recipe it says 3 cups and on the side of the recipe it says over 6 cups. The 6 cups is the correct one!! If you cant get your bread to rise, it's because you're missing over 3 cups of flour!!!"

greeniz71 User ID: 8009806 156008
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"I use to have issues with my bread rIsing. It was due to the yeast not activating I have no issues at all...make sire your water temp is close to spot on usualy luke warm will do the trick."

Matthew523 User ID: 8009657 158265
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"Love it."

greeneyedmonster65 User ID: 7994345 89598
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"My bread didnt rise. I followed to the tee. :-["

MamaMadeWaffles User ID: 7911567 109811
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"Very simple recipe - I love that it only has 6 ingredients and uses all purpose flour. I did a cost analysis, and this recipe costs me less than buying store bought bread. It comes out to about $0.05 per slice, which is pretty cheap. And it really doesn't require much effort. It does take some time, but most of that is from rising and baking and I can still do other tasks while that's happening, so I think it's worth it. I'm definitely going to be using this as my go-to bread recipe from now on. My family loves it!"

Misty1977 User ID: 7861501 154982
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"Huge hit with the family!!"

lopezwr1ter User ID: 6747772 89596
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"easy enough for my kids to help! smells great baking and tastes wonderful! yummy!"

agtk9999 User ID: 6914799 158263
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"The first two loaves I made were gone in less than two days. My kids were in love. Then I made two more and those were gone almost as fast. I have now made a total of 8 loaves and we stopped buying bread from the store. I cook it 30 mins, baste them with butter and then cook them 5 more minutes. Then I baste them again when I take them out. I didn't have canola oil so I just use vegetable and it's amazing!"

qknapper User ID: 4886002 85109
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"I have made this recipe a few times now and it has become my go to recipe. I generally always end up using a mixture of whole wheat and regular all purpose flour and it turns out great. I use this recipe not only for bread, 'but also for homemade calzones and stromboli. It really is a great all purpose bread dough."

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