Homemade White Bread Recipe

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This classic homemade white bread recipe is so easy and uses just 5-ingredients! These loaves are so soft and fluffy… the perfect white bread!

Homemade White Bread Recipe

Homemade White Bread Recipe

This EASY White Bread is made from scratch. It makes two loaves and is the perfect sandwich bread! You will be surprised at how easy it is to make homemade bread.

One of my goals this year was to share more staple recipes with you of the basics like Easy Pie Crust, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, 5-Minute Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, 3-ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies, Best Sugar Cookie Recipe, Traditional Apple Pie and 30-Minute Dinner Rolls.

There is a LOT of crazy stuff going on right now including the Covid-19 virus pandemic and the grocery stores are selling out of just about everything. This homemade bread recipe is great to have not only when you can’t find any bread, but you will find yourself making this all them time for years to come!

Whether you use this easy white bread recipe for toast or sandwiches, it’s the only white bread recipe you’ll ever need. It’s a simple bread recipe that is a definite keeper!

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Water
  • Active Dry Yeast
  • Granulate Sugar
  • Canola Oil
  • Salt
  • Bread Flour
Homemade White Bread Slices

How To Make White Bread Recipe

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in 2 1/4 cups of warm water; let stand until bubbles form on the surface. Whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, and 3 cups flour. Stir canola oil into yeast mixture; pour the yeast mixture into flour mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
  • Turn the dough 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.
Rising Bread Dough
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in 2 greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Whisk the egg and water. Brush the loaves thoroughly with egg mixture.
Punching Rising Bread Dough
  • Bake at 375° until golden brown Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Homemade White Bread Recipe

Can You Freeze This Bread?

YES! The frozen slices reheat exceptionally well – just 20 seconds in the microwave is all they need.

Tips:

Substitute honey for the sugar (use the same amount called for).

Melted butter can be substituted for oil.

This will make 2 loaves using a 9×5 loaf pans.

Homemade White Bread Recipe
Homemade White Bread Slices
4.84 from 6 votes

Homemade White Bread Recipe

This classic homemade white bread recipe is so easy and uses just 5-ingredients! These loaves are so soft and fluffy… the perfect white bread!
Servings: 2 Loaves (16 slices each)
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Rising: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 ounce package active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 6 1/4 – 6 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water brush on top

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in 2 1/4 cups of warm water; let stand until bubbles form on the surface. Whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, and 3 cups flour. Stir canola oil into yeast mixture; pour the yeast mixture into flour mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
  • Turn the dough 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 9×5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Whisk the egg and water. Brush the loaves thoroughly with egg mixture.
  • Bake at 375° until golden brown Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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Nutrition

Calories: 1806kcal | Carbohydrates: 336g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 3542mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4mg

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Homemade White Bread Recipe

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19 comments on “Homemade White Bread Recipe”

    1. Hey Ginger, it’s used to brush the bread before baking. Step three in the recipe card.

  1. Bake until golden  brown?  Any advice on approximately long that might be?

    It took us awhile to realize how much yeast was really needed here.  It would be helpful if there was some sort of punctuation between and 1 and 1/4.  At first we thought we needed a total of 1 and 1/4 ounces of yeast instead of one packet that was 1/4 ounce! 

  2. 5 stars
    I’m sure this will be easy and taster fantastic. Hope to find bread flour. Last I heard at our Walmart there were police ,not security, police, guarding the toilet paper , flour, cleaning supplies, and pasta ! 
    Wow! 

  3. Suzanne Bhattacharya

    5 stars
    We are sheltering in place (Bay Area, mandatory) and I have all purpose flour but not bread flour. Will this work?

    1. Hi. I used to make Yeast bread years ago With all purpose flour and it worked fine. Maybe the bread flour results in a better consistency, but not absolutely necessary. 

  4. 4 stars
    Good recipe! My grandma would be proud of this bread. Thanks for sharing. After making the recipe I tried it again but substituted warm milk for the water and softened butter for the oil. The flavor is so good.

  5. This sounds so simple – I don’t keep canola oil on hand, would EVO or Avocado oil work? If not I have butter I think.