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Easy Homemade Bread

This Easy Homemade Bread recipe only requires a few minutes of actual hands-on prep work for two light, fluffy loaves of classic white bread!
Course bread
Cuisine American
Keyword best homemade bread, easy homemade bread, white bread recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Inactive Rest Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 2 loaves (about 16 slices each)
Calories 102kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 6 ¼ - 6 ¾ cups bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons instant (“rapid rise”) yeast
  • 2 ¼ cups warm water (110 degrees F – 115 degrees F)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil plus 2 teaspoons, divided


  • In a large bowl, whisk together 3 cups of bread flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast. Stir in warm water and 2 tablespoons of oil and beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, to form a soft dough. It should come together in a ball.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook or on a floured surface, knead the dough until elastic and smooth, 8-10 minutes.
  • Use the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to grease a large mixing bowl. Place the dough in the greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 1 ½ - 2 hours.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and cut the dough into two equal parts. Shape each piece of dough into a loaf. Place in two greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 – 1 ½ hours.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown and they sound hollow when tapped. Remove from the pans and cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before slicing.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg