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Easy White Bread (homemade recipe)

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This EASY White Bread is made from scratch. It makes two loaves and is the perfect sandwich bread! Making homemade bread is easier than you think.

This post is sponsored by Fleischmann’s® Yeast. Their RapidRise® Yeast makes making homemade white bread EASY!

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sliced white bread

This year, my goal is to work on sharing baking basics with you; recipes that are those basic everyday ones that we all need in our arsenal. You can see in my baking basics category that I’ve got a few staples, like chocolate chip cookies, yellow cake, and dinner rolls, but I’m going to start working hard to get all the basics checked off the list.

The great thing about baking basics is that you can easily turn them into new recipes. Like, take sugar cookies, for example: they can become snickerdoodles. Or, peanut butter cookies can become a peanut butter cookie cake. And, easy white bread can become Cinnamon Swirl Bread! Once you have the basics down you can make hundreds of new recipes from just a handful.

Today we’re starting with easy white bread. Have you ever made homemade white bread before? I’m new to making my own bread but I absolutely love it. 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, it’s the only recipe you’ll ever need. It’s a basic bread recipe you must have in your baking arsenal!

The hardest thing about making homemade bread is not eating it all in one sitting! Warm and fresh from the oven, it’s heaven with or without butter.

loaves of homemade white bread

This recipe gives you two loaves of plain white bread that are quick and easy to make, thanks to Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. The bread is soft and fluffy with a nice crust and it’s bowl to table in under 2 hours.

For a long time, making my own bread scared me because it seemed so daunting and hard. But you know what? It’s not hard at all. It’s almost absurdly easy!

Don’t be hesitant to work with yeast. I love using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast® because it takes a lot of the guesswork out of working with yeast. There’s no waiting for the yeast to proof and the initial rise is only a 10 minute rest, making bread baking simple and it gives me the perfect white bread each time.

You only need a few simple ingredients to make easy white bread:

  • Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Butter

My favorite part about using RapidRise® Yeast is that you add it to the dry ingredients. There’s no need to proof it!

How to make homemade white bread easily using Fleischmann's Yeast

Then, simply mix only your wet ingredients together.

What substitutions can be made when making 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. That’ll be another “basic” recipe I’ll need to share with you.

How to make homemade white bread easily

Once you mix the wet ingredients, heat them in the microwave until they’re between 120°-130°F.

How to make homemade white bread easily

I highly recommend an instant read thermometer for this step. If you don’t have one, think warm water.

How to make homemade white bread easily

Then mix the wet into the dry and use the dough hook on a stand mixer until the dough forms a ball.

How can you make white bread without a mixer?

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

How to make homemade white bread easily

Once kneaded, it’ll be nice and elastic. At this point, let it rest for 10 minutes. Then, divide it into two equal parts.

How to make homemade white bread easily

Then roll each out into a rectangle.

How to make homemade white bread easily

Grease to loaf pans.

How to make homemade white bread easily

Roll each rectangle up.

How to make homemade white bread easily

Place them in the prepared pans and let them rise for 45 minutes.

How to make homemade white bread easily

Then you’ll bake at 400°F for bout 20-30 minutes, or until they’re golden. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool enough to eat!

sliced white bread

Easy White Bread is the perfect sandwich bread or toast, or even just a snack. It makes two loaves, one to eat and one to freeze or gift. It’s definitely a recipe you need in your baking arsenal!

Homemade white bread recipe

Now that you have the recipe for easy white bread, what other recipes can you make?

  • Cinnamon Swirl Bread
  • Raisin Bread – simply add 2 cups of raisins to the bread during the mixing process.
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl Bread – spread 2 tablespoons of chocolate hazelnut spread on each rectangle before rolling up. Roll up and bake as directed.
  • Herb Bread – simply add 2 teaspoons of dried Italian seasoning during the mixing process.
  • Rosemary Bread – substitute olive oil for the butter and add 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary to the dough while mixing.

Also find the Beginner’s White Bread recipe at on Breadworld.com!

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Servings: 24 servings

Homemade White Bread

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Resting time:
1 hr
Total Time:
50 mins
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.

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 packets Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast — 4 1/2 teaspoons
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cut dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a 12 x 7-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. 

  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Recipe Video

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 slice) — Calories: 17, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 205mg, Potassium: 6mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 35%, Calcium: 6%

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25 comments

  1. Made this recipe yesterday- was my first time making bread- and boy was I pleased.
    One of the best breads we have ever eaten. My husband and I recently got married, and I quite my job shortly before that, so we are trying different things to save money- well we are never buying bread at the store again! Thanks for making my first bread making experience awesome!

  2. This was the first time I’ve ever made my own bread and I am never buying bread again! The recipe was easy to follow and it turned out delicious🍞❤️

  3. first time making bread,this was really nice, over knead it in the Kitchen aid mixer so was a little compact but still nice .

  4. Hi I am not baker but feel this might be a good recipe to try. Would I be able to use gluten free flour?

    • Gluten free flour acts differently than wheat flour. You will need a different recipe that adjusts to the properties of gluten free flour. The best recipe I have found was through the American test kitchen. They have quite a few recipes.

  5. This is the first bread I have ever attempted and it turned out AWESOME, I have made it almost daily for the last couple weeks because it doesn’t last! (We also have a big family) I usually do 4 loaves at a time because the first one is always gone by the time the second one is out of the oven! I am wondering though, if I wanted to make a larger loaf could I put the entire batch if dough in a pan? How long would I bake? Again, awesome bread and so easy! 

  6. I have never made bread before, so i am sorry if this question is “dumb” lol. I want to try to do this recipe, but when it came to buying the butter i got stuck on wether its unsalted or salted butter? Id like to get it right the first time hahaha. Thanks in advance!

    • I will usually use unsalted if it does not specify. Never know if additional salt will change the recipe. But if you only have salted on hand, will most likely be fine.

    • Great recipe! I used 5 1/2 cups flour and an extra splash of milk but otherwise followed all the instructions perfectly.
      The bread came out beautifully and tastes wonderful.

  7. I fully intend to try this recipe but I wanted to bring this to your attention to make sure your site runs efficiently. I can barely view this page because there are waaaay too many ads popping up and videos trying to load. Because I’ve been looking for a bread recipe with ap flour, I left and came back to the page to try again. But most people might get frustrated and move on. This is being viewed on my phone. Not sure if theres a compatibility difference, but just for future reference, it is not easily accessible.

  8. Can you use normal yeast? If so, whats the difference in amount?? Also, can you halve the recipe to just make one loaf or will it have mistakes? Thank you!

  9. This recipe is a win! I had never made bread before today. I actually made 3 different recipes to see which one I liked the best. This one was the winner! I was looking for something I could make at home weekly or biweekly instead of buying store-bought bread. Tastes great!

    I did use 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 regular flour.

    I do have one question- Has anyone tried to use honey, agave, maple syrup or brown sugar instead of regular sugar? I’d like to try a variation. I’d love to know the substitution ratio if someone has tried it.

  10. This is a fabulous tasting recipe. My husband had 2/3 of one loaf devoured in less than an hour out of the oven. He lives off of carbs, especially bread. I found my first loaf didn’t rise like is should but I have a new oven and the setting for proofing has to be pushed twice (if not then it goes to warm so it most likely killed my yeast). I agree the thermometer is a must for gauging the milk, water and butter warmth or else your likely to error the temperature warm enough when it really is not warm enough.  We appreciate the recipe Dorothy. Its going in my handwritten recipe keeper book (just encase there’s a lose of internet😜).

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