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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)


  • 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


  • 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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  • Alison
    Oct 11, 2020

    why is the video different from the instructions written? i guess ill just follow the video..............

  • Luedeman
    Sep 22, 2020

    No comment left

  • KIrby
    Sep 12, 2020

    How many cups of flour is needed in this recipe. It's not indicated in the list of ingredients.

  • Sandy
    Sep 11, 2020

    I have baked Homemade Bread for Many Years. This Recipe yielded me The Very Best Loaves of Bread I have Ever Made. The thing I done Different this time was I used ALL BREAD FLOUR. Historically I used All Purpose Flour. While my Bread always turned out Well, the Crust was very Hard and the Bread was Dense, but I never had any Leftovers. This Recipe and using BREAD FLOUR my Bread Top was Soft and my Bread was Light as it is from The Grocery Store. I was Amazed but I Recommend Trying This Recipe and Use Bread Flour Only. After it comes out of The Oven, Brush the Tops with Melted Butter. I hope You Enjoy Making Your Bread and that it Turns Out Perfectly As Mine Did. Thanks for Providing Home Cooks with A Great Recipe.

  • Layla
    Aug 25, 2020

    My first time to make bread at home. Simple recipe that turned out PERFECT. Thanks.

  • Michele
    Aug 21, 2020

    Thank you, is this 375F or 375 degrees Celsius?

  • Patricia
    Aug 20, 2020

    1st time I tried it Thank you perfect

  • Riri
    Jul 31, 2020

    Just a question: Do we have to preheat our convention oven for this? If we have to, how much and how long should we set it for?

  • Leah
    Jul 23, 2020

    Great basic bread recipe. Easy even if you are so so at following directions. I left to rise a bit too long but it still turned out like the photo. Not too many bubbles for me on the yeast either, but again, turned out like the photo. I baked 35 minutes. The hollow sound didn't sound hollow to me, it sounded dense to me but then again I don't know what to listen for as an amateur. Either way, it turned out great despite some slight deviations on my part. This really makes you think about wtf they are putting into store bought bread to make it that light texture, talk about diluting the mixture with garbage! The store bread you pay $2 or more per loaf for and is marked up and low quality. It is worth way less than that and I made this quality bread for about 1.66 per batch . 83 cents per loaf at 33 cents for yeast, 2.50 for 5 lb bag flour, divided., at 3 1/3 cups per pound, using 6 1/4 cups. You could get even cheaper if you wanted to buy in bulk but that isn't necessary as you only save a few cents and then you have to make A LOT of bread before the yeast expires. I'd experiment by putting Everything Seasoning on the top of it, Caraway seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed pits, the list goes on. The bread is hearty for refined white bread flour and crusty, not soft and easy to puncture than the store crap! Good luck! Youtube: LCatRN

  • NoviceChef23587
    Jul 19, 2020

    Great recipe!