Classic Homemade White Bread Recipe





Evidently, the COVID-19 lockdown
 has created the perfect time
for baking bread.

That is,
 if you can find yeast and bread flour...






Flour shelves have been empty in grocery stores here in Cary, and around the area just northwest of Chicago, not to mention yeast.  And, forget about trying to find bread flour on line the last few weeks...  

Then a couple of times when a limited flour supply was available, it was never bread flour until last Wednesday, when Bill spied 3 bags of bread flour in Jewel.  Woo hoo, homemade bread!

Freshly baked bread is one of life’s great pleasures ~ just the smell of it is enough to make my mouth water! What an aroma!

I have baked a lot of bread over the years, and this recipe delivers bread that has that unique, malty flavor of yeast which a quick bread will not offer.

This is simple easy yeast-leavened dough that combines bread flour, water, sugar, salt, vegetable oil.  



Yeast bubbles
Ready to knead












First rise
Punch down
 






2nd rising


The recipe calls for bread flour:  The first time I made this recipe, I overlooked that and used "all-purpose flour."  It absolutely made a difference; the bread was heavier, denser, and did not rise well, although the taste was good.  So use the lighter flour, bread flour, for a better loaf of bread.




Voila!  Baked 'n Buttered!


Knead the dough, let it rise, punch it down and let it rise again and bake!  Mixer not necessary, dig in with your hands to mix the dough as you add the flour.

Before long, you will have a couple of golden-brown crusty loaves of bread yielding soft tender slices ~ perfect for sandwiches, toast and more.  

 
Good to the last crumb!



Tried and true, this is my favorite recipe for easy old-fashioned white bread with that specific yeasty flavor...

So now that you have a great recipe, grab that yeast and flour and start baking! 



Delicious any way you slice it!



Basic Homemade Bread

Classic Homemade White Bread

Servings: 2 loaves
Author:
Tried and true, easy old-fashioned white bread with a golden crust that's tender inside, with that specific yeasty taste!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups BREAD flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in warm water; let stand until bubbles form on surface.
  2. Whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, and 3 cups flour. Stir oil into yeast mixture; pour into flour mixture and beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half.
  7. Shape each into a loaf. Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  8. Bake at 375° until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped or has reached an internal temperature of 200°,  about 30-35 minutes.
  9. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  10. Brush top of loaves with melted butter.

Notes:

Prep time: 20 minutes
Rising time: 3 to 3-1/2 hours
Baking time: About 30 minutes

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Enjoy!

30 comments:

  1. Homemade bread tastes so FRESH and GOOD. Your bread loaves look bakery perfect, Pam.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! It is delicious, for sure! Have a good week!

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  2. Pam, Looks luscious! We have never made bread from scratch and when we looked for flour this past week, there was none to be found! Love fresh bread and if we can gather the ingredients, we'll have to give it a try. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave! We love homemade bread, and this recipe is so easy! Hope you try it when you find flour, amazing how the shelves are empty of it. Have a good week.

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  3. Yum!
    One day when I get my oven going again, we will
    have fresh bread. Nothing like it fresh from the
    oven with butter melting all over!

    M : )

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    1. Hi Melinda! You got that right, I say the more butter, the better! 😊 Hope your oven is up and running soon! Take care

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  4. you pretty much perfected bread making thats one gorgeous loaf!

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    1. Thanks, Claudia! It is soooo good, and loved the aroma too. Take care

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  5. Home-made bread is truly a treat. Today's bread at our house was a 100% rye loaf that my husband made. The King Arthur flour company has finally renewed their stocks of all-purpose and bread flours as well as yeast and other types of flour. I don't know how long that will last. Around here, the flour shortage also seems to be resolving itself. I hope you have good luck with finding more.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! Glad to hear that King Arthur has it in stock now, and will order some. I know your husband bakes a lot and I can imagine how delicious that rye bread is. Have a good rest of the week!

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  6. It is interesting that you said the type of flour made a difference. I have used plain flour in the past to make bread, so maybe I need to seek out bread flour! Your bread looks good.

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    1. Hi Cakelaw! Yes, it did make a difference with the flour, much heavier and dense with regular flour. Thanks!

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  7. Beautiful bread! Homemade is the best, I am so addicted to baking this!

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    1. Hi Natalia! Glad you like it, the aroma as it was baking was about as good as it tasted! 😊

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  8. Great looking loaf of bread Pam and I like that big slather of butter on it.

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  9. Homemade bread is the best, isn't it? LOVE the stuff -- so nice when warm and slathered with butter. :-) This looks terrific -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks, John! We really like it but seldom have it so we enjoy it when we do! Take care

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  10. Homemade bread is so good! I have some KA bread flour, too. Your loaf looks delicious, Pam.
    ~Judy

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    1. Hi Judy! That is a great bread flour. Thanks for the visit!

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  11. Beautiful bread. If I'd only thought that all of America would start baking in the last two months I woould have thought of an extra can of baking powder. I'm rationing it out and sharing with cake-baking friends. You know someone is a good friend. You share your baking powder.

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    1. Good for you, Buttercup! You are indeed a good friend to share your baking powder. Who would've thought baking products would be hard to find! Thanks and have a wonderful day!

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  12. You are so right - what a "classic" loaf of sandwich bread. It's perfect! I think everyone is baking nowadays because it's just so comforting, not to mention how wonderful the home smells after baking. Hope you are doing well.

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    1. Hi mj! Yes, absolutely with the baking, a great distraction from all the confusion, plus something good to eat. Thanks and take care

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  13. Yum! Thankfully, I'm well stocked with flour and yeast...no cake flour, though---but I can make my own if necessary. I've made oatmeal bread and potato bread, but plain white bread will be next up! Yum!!

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    1. Hi Liz! I have cake and bread flour, now I need yeast, but am hoping I will find it tomorrow. Thanks, your oatmeal and potato bread sound great! Need to try them. Thanks and take care

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  14. I've been baking a lot of bread lately and this looks delicious, Pam! I don't know if you have a Cermak store near you, but I found a 1 lb bag of yeast there a few weeks ago when I couldn't find it anywhere else. I portioned it into 3 T bags and vacuum sealed them:). I've been buying flour at Costco lately but I don't think they carry bread flour. Fingers crossed.

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    1. Hi Susan! Cermak stores are a little closer to Chicago, not too far, and will try that if I can't find yeast locally tomorrow. Great way to do that, one of our sons has a vacuum sealer so that would work. Thanks so much for your help, I appreciate it! Take care

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  15. You truly cannot beat homemade bread and these loaves look absolutely perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I agree, especially with what's going on now in the world. Take care

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