Fresh homemade white bread is one of my favorite things to make and eat. There is something very comforting about how it makes the house smell and then slicing into a warm loaf of bread and slathering butter and jam on it. Yummy!
This amazing white bread recipe is the perfect bread for sandwiches, french toast, grilled cheese, or any of your bread needs. It is very easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
If I can do it, you can do it, let’s get baking!
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My favorite homemade white bread recipe ingredients
First, in order to make this delicious white bread recipe, you will need the following 6 total ingredients. Chances are you already have them in your house. You will need:
- Water – Whenever baking bread, rolls, etc. I recommend using filtered water unless your tap water tastes really good. Here in Arizona, my tap water is horrible, so I always use filtered water when baking homemade bread and cooking.
- Active dry yeast – I usually use active dry yeast. You can use rapid-rise yeast as well if you like. With that said regardless of the yeast that you use I recommend activating it first in the warm liquid. This will ensure the yeast is good.
- White granulated sugar – Need a bit of sugar to get the taste just right. You can adjust the amount of sugar if you like. But I encourage you to make it this way first then adjust the next time you make it.
- Oil – I use canola or vegetable oil with this homemade white bread recipe, but you can use a variety of other oils. No need to worry about the smoke point of the oil.
- Bread flour – While you can use all-purpose (plain) flour the very best bread use bread flour. Bread flour allows for a better-shaped bread as well as a lighter and chewier bread. With that said I have made it with all-purpose flour as well and it still turns out great.
- Salt – Can’t forget the salt. Make sure to use table salt. It will add balance to the flavor as well as enhance the flavor of the other ingredients.
For the tools you will need the following:
- Wooden spoon
- 9×5 inch bread pan – You can use two smaller bread loaf pans as well.
- Stand mixer – Only if you are not going to hand knead the dough. I always hand knead my dough and don’t use a mixer.
Step 2: How to make amazing soft white bread at home
Once we have all the ingredients gathered let’s get our yeast started. Take your water and heat it up in the microwave for about 40 seconds. We want the temperature to be between 105 degrees F and 115 degrees F. (40-46 C)
You can also heat the water in a pot on a burner if you do not want to use a micrwoave.
Then add about 1 tsp. of sugar to the warm water followed by the active dry yeast. Use a fork and mix it up a little bit. Then let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes until it gets nice and foamy.
If it does not get foamy after 10 minutes, you will need to start over. It means the yeast was bad/old, or the water was too hot or too cold.
Pour the yeast mixture into a large bowl, then add the oil and sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon.
Next, add the salt to the bread flour. You can use all-purpose flour if you like, however, the bread will come out a little denser than if you use bread flour.
With that said, the bread still tastes super yummy with all-purpose flour. Which is another reason why I love this homemade bread recipe so much.
Mix the salt and flour together with a whisk. Then add the flour about a 3rd at a time to the other ingredients, stirring really well with a wooden spoon, or you can use a stand mixer with a dough hook. Make sure to leave about 1/4 cup of flour remaining and put that on the counter/table.
At this point, the dough should be forming and a little bit sticky. Go ahead and pour it onto the tabletop or counter.
Step 3: Knead that homemade white bread dough
Now let’s knead the dough for 7 to 8 minutes until it gets nice and smooth. The way I knead is I fold the dough over on itself towards me and then push it down and out away from me to stretch it with the palm of my hand.
Then turn the dough a quarter turn and then push down again, then turn, etc. After 7 to 8 minutes the dough will be smooth, and when you poke it, it will spring back.
Most likely you will have some flour left over.
NOTE: If you are using a stand mixer with a dough hook to knead your homemade bread dough, only knead it for 4 to 5 minutes, not 7 or 8.
It is important to not add all the flour at once. Add it gradually, even if using a stand mixer. It is important to not add too much flour, just enough so the dough isn’t sticky. Sometimes you will have a bit more left, and other times you will have a bit less flour left.
Now take about 1 tsp. or two of oil and lightly cover the inside of a large bowl. Then add the dough and turn it over so it gets all coated with oil.
Next, add a damp cloth over the top and set the dough in a warm place to rise for 1 to 2 hours until the dough doubles in size or if you have a cool dough proofer you can use that. The damp cloth will help prevent the dough from drying out.
If you want to see my dough proofer review video you can find it here. Dough proofers are awesome I am glad I have mine and use it all the time.
Step 4: Time to bake that homemade white bread
After the dough has risen pour the dough out onto the counter and knead the dough again for about 15 to 20 seconds.
Next, roll, stretch, and shape the bread into a loaf.
Place the dough loaf into a greased 9×5 inch bread pan and cover again with a damp cloth or place it in your dough proofer, and let it rise for another hour to 1.5 hours. The top of the dough should rise above the walls of the bread pan.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (176C) Place the dough in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 30 minutes. After 25 minutes check the bread, if the top is getting too brown, put a piece of foil on top of it.
Remove from the oven and let the homemade bread cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then take it out of the pan and let it rest on a wire rack to cool completely.
One of the best smells ever is the smell of homemade bread that has just come out of the oven, my stomach growled right now just thinking about it.
Next, it is finally time to slice into that bread!
Best Ways to Serve White Bread
You can use it for sandwiches like grilled cheese, eat it plain, use it for French toast, or however else you want to use it.
It winds up being super soft and fluffy, and super yummy! Enjoy!
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How do I store homemade white bread?
Homemade white bread is best stored at room temperature in a cool dry place. I usually place mine in a plastic bag or ziplock bag. It will last 2 to 3 days at room temperature. You can also store it in the refrigerator for about a week or put it in the freezer for a few months.
NOTE: Keep in mind, homemade bread does not contain that many preservatives so it will have a shorter shelf-life than store-bought bread.
Can I double this homemade white bread recipe? Do I need to change anything?
Yes! You can easily double the recipe. Double all the ingredients except for the yeast. You only need an additional 1 tsp of yeast. Or if you are able to let the dough proof longer you can get away with the same amount of yeast even.
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Amazing Homemade White Bread Recipe
- Wooden spoon
- 9×5 inch bread pan
- 1 cup of water 235ml
- 2 1/4 tsp. of active dry yeast 6.5g
- 1/3 cup of granulated sugar 66g
- 2 Tbsp. of Canola or Vegetable oil 30ml
- 3 cups of Bread Flour you can use all-purpose (380)
- 3/4 tsp. of salt 4g
- First let's get our yeast started. Take your water and heat it up in the microwave for about 40 seconds. We want the temperature to be between 105 degrees F and 115 degrees F. (40-46 C) Then we will add about 1 tsp. of our sugar to the warm water. Next add your active dry yeast. Use a fork and mix it up a little bit. Then let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes until it gets nice and foamy.
- Now let's pour the yeast mixture into a large bowl, then add our oil and our sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon.
- Next we take our salt and add it to our bread flour. You can use all-purpose flour if you like, however the bread will come out a little more dense then if you use bread flour. Mix the salt and flour together with a whisk. Then add the flour about a 3rd at a time to the other ingredients, stirring really well with a wooden spoon, or you can use a stand mixer with dough hook. Make sure to leave about 1/4 cup of flour remaining and put that on the counter/table. At this point the dough should be forming and a little bit sticky.
- Knead the dough for 8 minutes until it gets nice and smooth. After 8 minutes the dough will be smooth, and when you poke it, it will spring back.It is important to not add all the flour at once. Add it gradually, even if using a stand mixer. We don't want to add too much flour. Sometimes you will have a bit more left, and other times you will have a bit less flour left.
- Now we take about 1 tsp. or two of oil and grease a large bowl. Then add the dough and and turn it over so it gets all coated with oil. Next add a damp cloth over the top and set the dough in a warm place to rise for 1 to 2 hours until the dough doubles in size.
- After the dough has risen pour the dough out onto the counter and knead the dough again for about 15 to 20 seconds. Next we do a little bit of rolling and stretching and shaping until our dough looks like a loaf. Now place the dough loaf into a greased 9×5 inch bread pan and cover again with our damp cloth, and let it rise for another hour to 1.5 hours. We want the top of the dough to rise above the walls of the bread pan.
- Now we heat the oven to 350 degrees F. (176C) Place the dough in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 30 minutes. After 25 minutes check the bread, if the top is getting too brown, put a piece of foil on top of it.
- Now after coming out of the oven, let the bread cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then take it out of the pan and let it rest on a wire rack to cool completely. Next it is finally time to slice into that bread! It winds up being super soft and fluffy, and super yummy! Enjoy!
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Thanks for the bread recipe Matt. Intends to bake it and give you feedback. Appreciate your assistanse in terms of convering the cups of flour to grams.
Thank you so much, Gerrit! And you are so very welcome! 🙂
Yikes! What did I do wrong?
I covered the loaf pan with a damp flour sack cloth, actually I wet and rung it out. It looked great after it had risen and spread out over the top of the pan and then I realized the cloth had stuck to the top of the dough! Wow, what a mess. I scraped the cloth off as best as I could. Of course that pretty top went into the oven flat.
I’m waiting for it to come out of the oven. I’m sure it won’t be pretty but it might taste okay.
How do I avoid this next time? I was thinking maybe cooking spray on plastic wrap and use that instead?
Oh goodness, it just came out of the oven and it tastes fabulous! It’s not pretty but it sure is good.
Oh no! Yes that is exactly right, spray some plastic wrap with cooking spray and then lay that over it. 🙂 Glad you like the taste!! 🙂
I’ve tried a lot of sandwich bread recipes and this is far and away our favorite!
So glad you tried this and like it! 🙂 🙂
I went over to my friends’ house with only a bowl, flour, sugar, and yeast, and no plan/recipe in mind other than the ardent desire to make bread. I found this recipe after some time. It has been less than a week and I have made this recipe three times.
That is so awesome!! Glad you tried the homemade white bread and keep making it! 🙂
Once I put the last third of the flour into the bowl, how long do I knead with the dough hook in a Kitchen Aide Mixer? Ty.
Hi! If you are using the kitchen aid with a dough hook to knead the dough you only need to do it for 5 to 6 minutes.
I made this bread and it turned out wonderful..
Hi Erin! So glad you made the bread and liked it!! 🙂
Tasted so good!
Husband love it!
I use to use frozen bread in the 80’s when I didn’t know how to cook when I first got married.
This recipe doesn’t compare to those loaves.
So glad you tried this homemade bread and liked it! 🙂
Tasted so good!
I use to use frozen bread in the 80’s.
This doesn’t compare to those loaves.
Awesome!! 🙂 Glad you made it!
Hi Matt~. I made this bread today and only one word describes it~ Delicious!!! Ive made bread a few times.. however this is the best recipe I have used. Instead of making one big loaf I made two smaller ones and they turned out perfect. They looked so pretty I “almost” hated to slice it… Thanks for the recipe
Awesome! I am so glad you tried it and liked it! 🙂 🙂 You are very welcome!
I’m a beginner. I need help with recipes
Follow the steps in the written recipes along with the videos on my YouTube channel and you will learn. https://www.youtube.com/inthekitchenwithmatt
The first loaf turned out sooo good but maybe a touch too sweet. Making another right now with less sugar. Can’t wait!
Glad you tried it and liked it! 🙂
Sorry forgot to leave the rating on my comment. Definitely a 5 star!!!
No worries and thank you so much! 🙂
Oh my goodness this is the first loaf of bread I’ve baked with no issues! Super easy and quicker than most bread recipes. It came out perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
So glad you tried it and liked it!! 🙂 🙂 You are very welcome. 🙂
I like your recipes, so easy to make, thank you so much
Thank you! And you are welcome!
This was soooo good! Thank you!
So glad you made it and liked it!! You are very welcome, Melissa!
Thank you Matt for this recipe my son loved it I have made bread before and the crust was always crunchy when cooled this bread was soft and delicious
You are very welcome, Victoria! So glad you made it and liked it. 🙂
My husband and I always used to make bread but haven’t in a long time. During the pandemic, we were unable to leave the house so we made the most of making bread at home.
Yeah during the pandemic it was so crazy, it was so hard to find yeast on the shelves!
Hello! This recipe looks delicious and I’m eager to try it. I was just wondering if I can use honey instead of sugar? It will that change the texture? Thx
Hi Terri, thank you! Yes you can use honey instead of sugar. 🙂
Too sweet for me, but my boyfriend loved it. Will make another loaf today with a bit less sugar.
Followed recipe exactly as Matt layer out. Subbed in regular flour and instant yeast. Oh, and subbed in a glass bowl instead of loaf pan. I have to get one of those. It was amazing bread!! You helped me achieve bread greatness! On my first try at ever baking anything that required kneading! Thank you!
So glad you gave it a try. I regularly use all-purpose/plain flour instead of bread flour and it still tastes just as good. You are welcome!!