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Homemade White Bread

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Bread is one of those comfort foods that I really enjoy. Take a slice of homemade white bread and put it in the toaster, then slather some butter on it, yummy.

Bread has been a staple for people’s diets worldwide and what better use then to make a sandwich with it. This amazing white bread recipe is the perfect bread for sandwiches, french toast, or any of your bread needs. It is very easy to make if I can do it, you can do it, let’s get baking!

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Step 1: Gather ingredients and tools

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

First, in order to make this homemade white bread, we need to get our ingredients and our tools together. Luckily this recipe only requires 6 total ingredients, chances are you already have them in your house. For this white bread 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 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, 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.

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. Hand kneading dough is awesome!

Step 2: How to make amazing soft homemade white bread

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)

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.

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.

Step 3: Add oil and sugar

Now let’s pour the yeast mixture into a large bowl, then add our oil and our sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon.

Step 4: Salt and flour

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 denser then if you use bread flour, with that said, the bread still tastes super yummy with all-purpose 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 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 5: Knead that bread dough

Now let’s knead our dough for 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 down and out away from me with my palm of my hand.

Then turn the dough a quarter turn and then push down again, then turn, etc. After 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.

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. 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.

Step 6: Grease and rise

Now we take about 1 tsp. or two of oil and grease 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 7: Shape and rise

After our dough has risen we want to 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 greasedΒ 9×5 inch bread panΒ and cover again with our damp cloth or place in your dough proofer, 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.

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

Step 8: Bake that soft homemade bread dough!

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.

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

Step 9: Cool and slice that amazing homemade white bread

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. One of the best smells ever is the smell of homemade bread that has just come out of the oven, my stomach growled 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! You can use it for sandwiches, 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 the 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.

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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 greasedΒ 9×5 inch bread panΒ 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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108 Comments

  1. Nayana Karthikeyan

    I made the white bread today first time in my life using this recipe and it came out really good..me and my husband ate it with warm butter ..it was yumm.. thank you Matt for the recipe

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious, my go to recipe alls for shortening which I was out of, this is every bit as good as the one recipe I’ve been using for years. One question, if I wanted to make two loaves, can I just double all the ingredients, or would it be better to make two separate batches of the dough?

  3. 5 stars
    Amazing bread. I have never baked yeast bread before, I usually go for the quick breads. Well, all that has changed since finding your recipe, it is a really amazing loaf, thank you so much. I do have a question re storage. We love camping and I would like to make a big batch and freeze some and store the other in the fridge to use while away but I am not sure on how to use it from fridge or freezer. Do I let it come to room temperature, shape it and then let it proof before baking, please help?

    • Hello Lynn!! Thank you!! You can do it two ways, you can bake the loaves and then store the already baked bread in the fridge or you can freeze the loaves. Or, you can store the kneaded dough after it rises once in the fridge for up to a week, or it can be frozen as well. In either case let the dough come to room temp before shaping it and placing it in the bread loaf pan. Or if you want you can shape it place it in the bread pan, and then put it in the fridge or freezer covered. Then when you want to bake it, allow it to come to room temp before baking (About 30 to 45 minutes or so). I hope that helps?

  4. 5 stars
    I have tried your recipe twice and I can assure you, it is the best bread loaf recipe ever. 5star for you

  5. 3 stars
    The bread was ruined due to following the instructions to place a damp towel over the bread rising in the pan. The damp towel stuck to the bread dough and took about a third of the bread dough when I tried to take it off the raised dough. It’s much better to place an oiled plastic wrap on top of the bread which doesn’t stick. So disappointed we couldn’t enjoy the bread today but will try again.

    • Pam sorry to hear that. It entirely depends on the size of your bowl. If you have a large enough bowl the damp cloth will not touch the dough. Also, the damp cloth helps to keep the dough from drying out. I have made it so many times with never having that issue. But yes you can use a plastic wrap that is has been sprayed with cooking spray. It is not better however, bread has been made for thousands of years before plastic wrap was invented. πŸ™‚

  6. Colleen Collins

    5 stars
    Yay! My first time successfully making my own bread (no stand mixer either). It was easy and delicious.

  7. Can i use instant yeast in this recipe? If yes, will the proofing time remain same?

  8. Nightcrawler InMotion

    5 stars
    WOW! I did it, I made the perfect loaf on my first try. You are truly amazing. I even got the yeast right. BOOM,BOOM,BOOM. I ate my first slice with butter. Geez louise it was heavenly. Thank you for helping me start a new tradition. And again your
    A-MA-ZING!!!

  9. JOANNE JOHNSON

    I have watched every video of crock pot baked bread.Your recipe looked the best.
    Directions were excellent. Thank you.

  10. 5 stars
    I made this loaf last weekend and making it again today. I probably will not but store-brought bread again.

    Thanks, Matt!

  11. Raquel Wright

    5 stars
    I have tried so many different recipes on simple white bread and I ran into Matt’s white bread recipe and I tried it, OMG! it sure is amazing, the bread came out light and fluffy. The thing I like it also is I don’t have to mess around with the mixer. I like the traditional way of kneading it by hand. You can bet that I will share this white bread recipe to my friends and family. Thank you Matt for sharing this video on white bread recipe, and oh, I forgot to mention that I use all purpose flour instead of bread flour. Thanks again,β€οΈπŸ˜€

  12. 5 stars
    yes, its amazing recipe. so i have some queations here.
    First, Can I substitute oil to butter? if so whats the variations.
    Second: cn i double or tripple this recipe for more loaves?
    Thank you Matt.

    • Hello, Jaxx! Yes, you certainly can substitute oil for melted butter and vice versa. Use the same amount. Yes, you can definitely double or triple the recipe. Although if you are making it all in one big bowl, you don’t need to double or triple the amount of yeast. Just add an extra tsp. of yeast. Or if you make three separate batches then do it like normal. πŸ™‚

  13. 5 stars
    This recipe has been my go-to during quarantine! Love it! I sprinkle some “everything bagel” spice on top before baking –
    Your directions are clear and easy to follow – ingredients were perfect for what I had on hand. Thank you!

  14. 5 stars
    I have tried at least 4 different bread recipes and this one comes out tops by far! Thank you so much.

  15. 5 stars
    This worked out really well for me! I live in a very hot climate in the Carribean and it’s very limited with ingredients. This is a wonderful recipe that works.

  16. Jean Michele Lee

    I’ve tried many bread recipes and I can honestly say, this is the best bread ever. My kids love it fresh out, slightly warm, thickly cut. Lots of butter. Delicious!

  17. I love the smell of homemade bread! This looks like a delicious recipe.

  18. I absolutely have to make this bread for my husband. His favourite thing in the world to do is eat bread so i’ll get some major brownie points for this!

  19. 5 stars
    I would love to have fresh homemade bread! This looks so yummy

  20. Ahhhhhh I’m going to do this kind of Bread. I did make the Amish Bread but almost similar to what the ingredients ya used. Thanks and will let you know how it goes. One thing I wanna is to make the bagel which I saw your video. Will do this weekend while I don’t have time when I’m home.

  21. Bread is my weakness. I never attempted to make it at home. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  22. 5 stars
    I’ve never tried making bread before but that looks quite interesting to make. I’d love to give this a try and I know it’s not easy as it looks.

  23. I love your Homemade White Bread! It looks so yummy! I hope to prepare one on weekends. So good!

  24. 5 stars
    you make it look so easy to do this! thanks for sharing the recipe. <3

  25. I have never thought to make my own bread. This is so interesting.

  26. 5 stars
    I just sent this to my sister asking her to make it this weekend! We LOVE bread!

  27. Melanie williams

    My other half is always going on about making bread, so I will wing this right his way. Looks like a lovely loaf xx

  28. 5 stars
    I’ve never even attempted to make my own bread. I will give this recipe a try!

  29. 4 stars
    I haven’t made bread in a long time! When I was younger, I would make bread with varying success until I got a bread machine. I might have to try again!

  30. Ahh there’s nothing like the smell of fresh-baked bread! I have dietary restrictions so I can no longer eat it, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to!

  31. Every time I try to make bread, I make something that sounds fancy. My husband would LOVE it if I made good ol’ fashioned white bread.

  32. 5 stars
    This takes me back to university, I was that crazy student that baked my own bread. Now I have a bread maker, but I have fond memories of making it myself, it was very theruptic kneeding the dough.

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

  34. 5 stars
    Nnnniiicceeee….after reading this, I think I am capable of making my own bread. I live for bread.

  35. 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.

  36. 5 stars
    White bread is still my favorite. After all these years I still prefer it, and your recipe looks like a great one.

  37. 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.

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

  44. 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!

  45. 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.

  46. 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! πŸ™‚ You are very welcome and thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  47. 5 stars
    Great simple recipe for white bread! No muss, no fuss, just great bread!

  48. 5 stars
    Nothing beats a loaf of freshly baked homemade bread! This recipe is fantastic!

  49. 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 😊

  50. 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 πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much!

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

  51. 4 stars
    The best bread recipe ever! You make it so easy to follow. Your amazing

  52. 5 stars
    My go-to recipe – never fails and tastes wonderful.

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