Basic Homemade Bread
Total TimePrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
Makes2 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.
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 Facts1 slice: 102 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
Jul 7, 2020
I was looking for an easy, foolproof bread recipe that did not require a bread machine. This was perfect. After making it according to the recipe the first time I got brave and added shredded coconut and some coconut extract to a batch. Worked great. Next I tried it chopped toasted almonds and almond extract - super good. Will keep using this as my foundation as I try a few more variations.
Jun 29, 2020
It has become my go to recipe and have used this recipe several times. Love it! Thanks!
Jun 25, 2020
One of my first times making bread and this recipe yielded two fantastic loafs. I was initially worried because the rise was quicker that the recipe said (first one doubled in 50 minutes and the second in 40) and the bread was much bigger than anticipated but overall it tasted really good. Also the recipe doesnt estimate a cook time, for me it was 1 hour and 25 minutes at 190°C
Jun 21, 2020
Followed this recipe to the t, it sucked.
Jun 6, 2020
I’m now rating this recipe but I’ve been using this one for the last 3 months- this recipe is amazing. We tweaked by adding raw oats and crushed flaxseed to make it a little more healthy. It came out really well. This recipe for us yielded 2 nice loaves, and when we toasted the slices for breakfast, the flavor of the oats and flaxseed made it even more delicious- it feels like we had it in a café! Thank you for this, we don’t buy bread anymore!
May 24, 2020
It was my first time to bake bread, the recipe was easy to follow had great results. The bread was perfect my family loved it.
May 13, 2020
I really enjoy this recipe. It's my go-to. My only question is regarding the nutritional content. It says 1 slice, can you give the weight of one slice? 1 slice can vary in size. Thank you.
May 12, 2020
it doesn't say when to add the 2 1/2 cups of water ?
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May 10, 2020
I made this yesterday and had some today for breakfast. First time making bread and it was awesome. My wife really enjoyed it too and said don’t freeze the 2nd loaf because it won’t last...