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Easy Bread recipe  made with simple ingredients & detailed instructions showing how to make bread! Best homemade bread recipe for both beginners and expert bakers.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Rise time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade bread, white bread
Servings: 24
Calories: 131kcal


  • 2 cups warm water 110° F/45° C
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ TBSP active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 5-6 cups flour  all-purpose flour OR bread flour


  • In a large bowl, or a stand mixer, dissolve 2 TBSP of the sugar in the warm water. I just combine the two and whisk slightly to dissolve the sugar. Stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in remaining sugar, salt and oil. Begin to mix, using a rubber scraper or the dough hook on your stand mixer. Add the flour one cup at a time, reserving the last cup of flour to see if you need it. You might not use all of the flour. The dough should pull away and clean the bowl, sticking on the bottom in a small circle about the size of a quarter. If your dough does this with just 5 cups of flour, do not add more. However, if your dough still sticks to the bowl, add more a couple tablespoons at a time until it cleans the bowl, sticking in just a small circle on the bottom.
  • Now knead dough for 7 minutes. Set a timer as a full knead is important! Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise in a warm area until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Knead for 1 minute and divide dough in half. Shape into loaves and place into two greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
  • Bake at 350° F (175° C) for 30-40 minutes. Cool, brush with butter and enjoy!



Recipe yields 2 standard loaves of bread


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1.2mg