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Easy Homemade White Bread Recipe

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This is the most incredibly soft and fluffy white sandwich bread recipe around and super easy to make. No bread making machine required.

a single slice of homemade white bread

Baking can be intimidating for many but it really doesn’t have to be. I’ve said it many times before that if I can bake, anyone can bake. It takes a good recipe, time, patience, and proper equipment. Bread is one of the more forgiving baked goods so if this is your first time making bread dough, do not stress.

Ingredients and equipment needed to make homemade white bread

white bread flour ingredients

No bread maker required for this recipe. You will need at least a hand mixer with dough hook attachments and a very large bowl if you don’t have a sturdy stand mixer. As well as two loaf pans. For the ingredients you will need:

Bread flour– See below.

Fresh yeast– The rise of your bread will depend on the freshness of your yeast. Be sure to check the date on your packets. I use Fleischmann’s quick yeast in a jar. It stores well in the fridge.

Butter– Salted sweet cream butter is my preference but you can make this a total pantry recipe by replacing the butter with canola oil.

Water
Sugar
Salt

Is bread flour the best type of flour for bread?

yeasty flour in a bowl

Most would argue that all-purpose flour is beast for sandwich bread but I don’t agree. I think bread flour gives the best texture for sandwich bread. The crust is the tiniest bit chewy and the overall structure of the bread is more resilient making it more sturdy than an all-purpose flour loaf. If you don’t usually purchase bread flour, please use all-purpose.

How to make homemade white bread

flour and water being stired

Add the water and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water the add and whisk. Mix the flour and salt together. Let it proof for 10-15 minutes.

bread dough resting

Using dough hooks, add the flour one cup at a time with the mixer speed at low-medium until the dough comes together. Next, turn the speed to medium-high to knead the dough for 7-8 minutes. Turn the dough into an oiled surface, not floured. Shape it into a ball then place it into a buttered bowl to rise.

bread dough being rolled out

Once risen, punch the dough down and divide it in half. Roll each half into rectangles then roll into logs. Pinch the seams and place rolls into buttered loaf pans.

Let them rise again until doubled in size. Brush the risen loaves with melted butter for a shiny top. Bake the loaves in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-30 minutes.

Recipes to to serve with Homemade white bread

strawberry refrigerator jam

Serve this delicious homemade bread with your favorite jam or toasted with butter and honey. Check out my Strawberry Refrigerator Jam and Habanero Honey recipes to enjoy.

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a single slice of homemade white bread
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Easy Homemade White Bread Recipe

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This is the most incredibly soft and fluffy white sandwich bread recipe around and super easy to make. No bread making machine required.
Prep Time:25 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:2 hrs

Ingredients

  • 8 1/2 c bread flour
  • 2 1/2 c warm water
  • 4 1/2 tsp instant yeast 2 packets
  • 5 tbsp butter melted
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add the water and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water the add and whisk. Mix the flour and salt together. Let it proof for 10-15 minutes.
  • Using dough hooks, add the flour one cup at a time with the mixer speed at low-medium until the dough comes together. Next, turn the speed to medium-high to knead the dough for 7-8 minutes. Turn the dough into an oiled surface, not floured. Shape it into a ball then place it into a buttered bowl to rise.
  • Once risen, punch the dough down and divide it in half. Roll each half into rectangles then roll into logs. Pinch the seams and place rolls into buttered loaf pans. Let them rise again until doubled in size. Brush the risen loads with melted butter for a shiny top; optional.
  • Bake the loaves in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-30 minutes**.

Notes

Tips:
*You may use all-purpose flour if you don’t have bread flour.
**A food thermometer will read 190 degrees or higher when fully done.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, sandwich
Servings: 32 slices
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Ty

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