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This EASY White Bread recipe is made from scratch. It makes two loaves and is the perfect sandwich bread! Making homemade bread is easier than you think and it’s SO good – way better than store-bought bread, especially warm from the oven.

cut loaf of white bread


Simple White Bread Recipe

Have you ever made homemade white bread before? I absolutely love this recipe – it’s going to become a favorite. Once you make your own bread you won’t want to go back to store bought. There’s something about making it from scratch that makes you feel like a rockstar.

Whether you use this easy white bread recipe for toast or sandwiches or French toast, it’s the only recipe you’ll ever need. It’s a homemade bread recipe you must have in your baking arsenal! It’s a yeast dough – but don’t be scared. It’s actually easy to make!

The hardest thing about making my basic white bread recipe is not eating it all in one sitting! Warm and fresh from the oven, it’s heaven with or without butter or jam. The flavor is unparalleled!

ingredients in white bread

Ingredients Needed

  • Instant Yeast – My favorite part about using RapidRise® Yeast is that you add it to the dry ingredients. There’s no need to proof it! Plus the first rise is only 10 minutes.
  • Flour – Use all purpose flour. You can also use bread flour, but I’ve only tested it with all purpse. Be sure to read the directions – the amount of flour you add at different times is important.
  • Sugar – sugar helps activate the yeast.
  • Water – You need to heat your water so it’s good if you have an instant read thermometer.
  • Milk – Adds some richness to the bread
  • Butter – You can use salted or unsalted, I recommend having it room temperature.

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How to make White Bread

  1. Dry ingredients: Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and stir until blended.
  2. Heat Wet Ingredients Properly: Combine water, milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15-second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F. Butter won’t melt completely). I highly recommend using an instant-read thermometer.
  3. Add warm water mixture to the dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed with the dough hook, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball.
  4. Knead bread dough on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and springs back when lightly pressed. Kneading the dough activates the gluten, which allows for a better structure in your bread. Let rest for 10 minutes.

How to form loaves of bread

  1. The dough will slightly rise and puff a little bit after it’s 10 minute rest time.
  2. Cut dough into 2 equal pieces.
  3. Roll each piece of dough into a 12 x 7-inch rectangle using a rolling pin.
  4. Beginning at short end of each rectangle, roll up tightly. Pinch seams and ends to seal.
  5. Place, seam sides down, in two 8-½ x 4-½ inch loaf pans that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  6. Bake in preheated 400ºF oven on a center oven rack until golden brown. Remove from pans by running a knife around the edges and invert onto wire cooling rack.
sliced loaf of white bread

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Bread Making Tips

  • Don’t pack your flour – be sure to spoon and level it.
  • Read the entire recipe from start to finish before beginning.
  • Make sure you use insant yeast – NOT active dry – and check the expiration date.
  • Use an instant read thermometer – you can find cheaper ones on Amazon but I love the Thermapen the most. This makes sure your liquid is the right temperature to activate and not kill the yeast.
  • You can make this by hand using a large bowl – stir the wet ingredients into the dry with a wooden spoon until you can’t stir anymore (it’ll be a shaggy dough), then knead.
  • You know your white bread is done baking when it’s 190°F in the center and light golden around the edges.
  • Homemade bread will not last on the counter as long as regular bread – it’ll stay fresh about 2-3 days at most. You can freeze leftovers or the second loaf by allowing to cool completely and then wrapping in plastic wrap.
  • Wondering how to make French bread? I have that recipe too!

FAQs

How Can You Make Yeast Bread Without a Mixer?

It’s easy, it just takes a bit more work. You’ll have to knead it longer.

What makes your bread light and fluffy?

Make sure to let it rise and not to over work it, and not to pack your flour.

Why did my bread not rise?

Always check the date on your yeast to make sure it’s not expired. Be sure that your water is the correct temperature and that you’re using instant yeast.

Homemade White Bread Recipe

4.96 from 254 votes
This EASY Homemade White Bread is made from scratch. It makes two loaves and is the perfect sandwich bread! Making homemade bread is easier than you think.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 24 servings
Serving Size 1 slice

Ingredients
 

  • 5 ½ to 6 cups (744g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (37g) granulated sugar
  • 2 packets (14g) Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast (4 ½ teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ cups (355ml) water
  • ½ cup (118ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) butter
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Instructions

  • Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and stir until blended. Combine water, milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15-second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F. Butter won’t melt completely). I highly recommend using an instant-read thermometer. Add to flour mixture.
  • Beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball.
  • Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Cut dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a 12 x 7-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. 
  • Beginning at short end of each rectangle, roll up tightly. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place, seam sides down, in two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch loaf pans that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake in preheated 400ºF oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans by running a knife around the edges and invert onto wire rack.

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Recipe Notes

  • Be sure to use instant yeast, not active dry yeast. Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise is their brand of instant yeast.
  • You can use any fat milk or nondairy
  • You can use salted or unsalted butter
  • I have not tested this recipe with whole wheat flour.
  • I get lots of questions about 2 cups vs 6 cups flour. Be sure to read the recipe, not just the post: You start with 2 cups flour to stir with the yeast and wet ingredients and add up to 6 cups once you start mixing.
  • Don’t pack your flour – be sure to spoon and level it. 
  • Homemade bread will not last on the counter as long as regular bread – it’ll stay fresh about 2-3 days at most. You can freeze leftovers or the second loaf by allowing to cool completely and then wrapping in plastic wrap.
  • You know your white bread is done baking when it’s 190°F in the center and light golden around the edges.
  • Use an instant read thermometer – you can find cheaper ones on Amazon but I love the Thermapen the most. This makes sure your liquid is the right temperature to activate and not kill the yeast.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 6mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

Substitutions for Bread

A lot of time, with basic recipes, I get questions about substitutions. Here are a few easy substitutions you can make when making homemade white bread:

  • Substitute honey for the sugar (use the same amount called for)
  • Almond or Soy milk for the regular milk (use the same amount called for)
  • Oil or coconut oil or margarine can be used instead of butter

The one thing you can’t substitute easily when making white bread is the white flour. You need to use the all purpose flour called for in this recipe; using wheat flour changes the ratios of other ingredients.



Dorothy Kern

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363 Comments

  1. didn’t turn out. put in oven and dough collapsed and never rose rest of time in oven. waste of time and ingredients

    1. I am sorry that happened to you. There are 2 reasons why this can happen: One, the dough was over-proofed. How long did you allow it to rise? Was is very squishy – seemingly very fluffy? This can cause the gluten to react improperly. Two, oven heat – if your oven is too hot it can cause the outside to brown before the inside is done and it will collapse. Do you have an oven thermometer to check the temp? Have you noticed if other things maybe brown quickly?

  2. I only made a half batch. I used bread flour because I had more of it. This bread took less than 2 hours from the start to the finished baking time and was excellent. Will be making it more and probably two loaves at a time

  3. The recipe is great and easy to follow. However, I can’t seem to get my dough to rise all the way resulting in a denser bread. It tastes great, but not the final product I’m looking for. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    1. I have not tried that with this recipe, but I think so if you put it in the refrigerator. Then allow to come to room temperature and finish the final rise before baking (the fridge will slow the rising)