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Homemade White Bread

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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

Several white bread ingredients in glass bowls sitting on a brown wooden table.

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.
Loaf of homemade white bread on a white plate.

Tools

For the tools you will need the following:

  • Wooden spoon
  • Bowls
  • 9×5 inch bread pan – You can use two smaller bread loaf pans as well.
  • Whisk
  • Fork
  • 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

Medium glass bowl filled with foamy light beige yeast sitting on a brown wooden table.
Perfectly activated yeast (proofed)

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.

Hand stirring homemade white bread dough in a large bowl.

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.

Hand poking a ball of white bread dough on a wooden counter.

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.

Hand holding the bread dough in a large glass bowl on a table with flour.

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.

Bread pan sitting on a light brown table with some white bread dough inside of it.

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.

White Bread dough sitting in a pan on a wooden table after it has risen.

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.

Light golden brown loaf of bread sitting in a pan on a table.

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!

Man holding a loaf of white bread with a slice of it on a white cutting board.

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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

Homemade bread is awesome. I love the smell and taste of it, I just love bread. This white bread recipe is amazing you won't be disappointed. You can use it for sandwiches, French Toast, or just eat it plain.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rising Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dough, yeast
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 157kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt

Equipment

  • Wooden spoon
  • Bowls
  • 9×5 inch bread pan
  • Whisk
  • Fork

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

list of nutritional facts for homemade white bread recipe

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152 Comments

  1. Haha you know what, the last time I made bread at home, the fire alarm went off! 😀 Thats just not for me 😀

  2. 5 stars
    Nnnniiicceeee….after reading this, I think I am capable of making my own bread. I live for bread.

  3. Bread is something which comes under running grocery for my family. I have to buy it every other week. Can’t buy it in bulk because of the danger of fungus infestation. Your recipe will solve my problem.

  4. 5 stars
    White bread is still my favorite. After all these years I still prefer it, and your recipe looks like a great one.

  5. 5 stars
    It’s good to know what flour to use to bake bread, I am never quite sure. I have to say – you make bread baking sound so simple! Thank you.

  6. Great recipe! I’ve never made regular white bread.

  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe, Matt! I was always scared to try baking bread. Our oven is quite old and not nearly as reliable as it used to be, so I like to pick my recipes carefully. Anyways, your post inspired me to try it and I just bought all of the ingredients! I can’t wait to report how it worked out.

  8. 5 stars
    This bread looks so good. I bet it tastes incredible with honey butter on top of it. So good. Your food always looks great.

  9. 5 stars
    This is a basic and simple white bread recipe wish I love… I used to make bread I will try to do the recipe.

  10. Ramissha Ford

    5 stars
    Dear Mr. Taylor, this is the very first time making homemade bread. Thank you so much for your help on making me more excited to be a new baker. When I saw how easy your recipe is comparing to all others I just had to jump right in on trying your recipe. I couldn’t be more happy and excited on how the bread turned out. Mr.Taylor i just want to thank and appreciate you for a wonderful creation. The bread was so tasty my family gave it a thumbs to the sky. They loved it also. And I am looking forward to trying out more of your recipes. Congratulations on your culinary success. Keep up the good work. May God bless you and your family.

  11. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Excellent work!

  12. 5 stars
    Bread lover here who loves eating it but too scared to try making it herself until now! This is such a great basic recipe for a first time bread maker!

  13. 5 stars
    Such a gorgeous loaf of bread! Thank you for all the detailed instructions and photos. I felt like you were holding my hand through the whole recipe.

  14. Krissy Allori

    5 stars
    You just can’t beat homemade bread. I even just love the smell of it cooking. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

    • I totally agree! And I love how the smell lingers. You can leave the house and come back 6 hours later and the house still smells like homemade bread! 🙂 You are very welcome and thank you so much! 🙂

  15. 5 stars
    Great simple recipe for white bread! No muss, no fuss, just great bread!

  16. 5 stars
    Nothing beats a loaf of freshly baked homemade bread! This recipe is fantastic!

  17. 5 stars
    Really liked your recipe for sandwich bread. Very easy to follow and for the first time after months of trying to make homemade bread; I was able to get a wonder bread type of softness in my bread. I can’t thank you enough ?

  18. 5 stars
    Just made this – my very first from-scratch loaf of bread! This recipe was so simple, and this written recipe plus the YouTube video made it easy to make! My loaf turned out beautifully. I checked my crust at 20 minutes, and it was getting to be the perfect golden-brown shade. I went ahead and put the foil on at 20 minutes 🙂

    Thank you so much!

    • That is awesome Heather! 🙂 I am so happy you made your first from scratch loaf of bread! I am glad you liked the recipe and video. 🙂 🙂 You are so very welcome.

  19. 4 stars
    The best bread recipe ever! You make it so easy to follow. Your amazing

  20. 5 stars
    My go-to recipe – never fails and tastes wonderful.

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