BEST Homemade Bread recipe

Bread · Recipes · November 16, 2017

EASY Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!

I have to confess, I’m kind of a bread addict. I love any kind of bread, from tender and flaky biscuits, to chewy baguettes, to pillowy soft rolls. My very favorite kind of bread, though, is a fluffy white loaf of homemade bread. Years ago, I taught myself to bake perfect bread, and it has totally changed my life! I make most of my family’s bread these days, and I love that it not only tastes better than store-bought, it’s also super easy and makes me feel accomplished. As long as you plan ahead a little for rise times, it’s really not very much work, and well worth the effort.

I have to confess, though, I was terrified to try making bread for the first time all those years ago. I had several failures in a row, and was convinced that I would never master even a basic loaf. Have no fear, though! I’m here to share all my best bread-making tips with you. It’s really a simple process, once you get a feel for it, and in no time, you’ll be a bread baking expert too!

My first tip: start with good yeast! If your yeast is old or dead, your bread is going nowhere fast. I store my yeast in the fridge at all times, and that helps to keep it fresh. Dissolve the yeast in warm water with a little pinch of sugar. If it isn’t bubbly and foamy within about ten minutes, ditch it and start again with fresh yeast.

Basic Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!

Once your yeast is bubbly, you’ll add just a few more basic ingredients to form the dough. I’ve found over time that my favorite bread recipes are those with the simplest ingredients! The key at this point is to not add too much flour. It definitely helps to add the flour a little at a time. I like to add a little over half of the flour at first, then add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough reaches the right consistency. It’s easy to add more flour, but pretty much impossible to correct when you’ve added too much. You’ll want a dough that’s smooth and slightly tacky to the touch, but not overly sticky, and that can be easily rolled into a ball.

Basic Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!

You’ll let the dough rise for an hour, then divide it into two equal size balls. I’m neurotic, so I always use a kitchen scale to make sure they’re the same size, but you can definitely just eyeball it!

Basic Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!

Roll each ball of dough out into a long rectangle about eight inches wide, then roll up into a cylinder starting at the short edge. I’ve found that rolling the dough up this way really helps with the texture and shape of the finished loaves.

Basic Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!

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Place the loaves seam side down into two bread pans, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise again for about an hour.

Basic Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!

The dough is ready to bake when it has puffed up over the side of the pan about 1/2 – 1 inch.

Basic Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!

Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. I like to brush my loaves with a little melted butter after baking, but it’s totally optional. I like that it helps to soften the top crust just a little, and a little extra butter is always a good thing, right?

Basic Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!

Letting the bread cool before slicing makes it easier to get smooth, uniform slices (although I’m often so hungry for warm bread that I eat it hot anyway). If you’re wanting to save the bread for later, it freezes beautifully! I like to slice the loaf all the way through, place it in a plastic bread bag, and freeze it as soon as it has cooled completely. To thaw it, just pop the loaf in the fridge for a few hours. I love that I can pull out a few slices as needed for toast, or pull out a full loaf for soup night or when I’m making sandwiches for school lunches.

Basic Homemade Bread recipe - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!EASY bread recipe - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!

This bread is so soft, tender, and flavorful. It’s everything that white bread should be! My favorite way to eat it is warm from the oven, smothered with fresh honey butter. Yum! Even if you’re a bread novice, you should definitely give this easy recipe a try!

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Basic Homemade Bread
 
Basic Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 2¼ teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 2¼ cups warm water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 5½ - 6½ cups flour
  • butter, for topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in the warm water with a pinch of sugar. When the yeast is bubbly and foamy, add the sugar, salt, oil, and 4 cups flour, and mix until smooth.
  2. Add remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, to form a soft, smooth dough. The dough should stick just slightly to your finger when touched, but not be overly sticky. Knead 5-7 minutes, until smooth, then roll into a ball.
  3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn over once to coat the top with oil and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise one hour, or until doubled.
  4. When the dough has risen, punch it down gently and divide in half. Roll each half of the dough into a long rectangle about 8 inches wide. Roll the dough up, starting at the short edge, to form a cylinder that is approximately 8 inches wide. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Place the dough, seam side down, into lightly greased bread pans, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise one hour, or until the dough is ½ - 1 inch higher than the top of the pan.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375. Bake 30-35 minutes, or the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Brush with melted butter, if desired. Remove to a cooling rack and cool before slicing.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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You make bread baking look SO EASY!! I’ve been venturing away from no-yeast bread recipes, so I’ll definitely need to try this one soon! It seriously looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with us Alicia!! For more delicious recipes by her, head on over to The Baker Upstairs.

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    Marilyn

    What kind of flour. Self rising or all purpose or bread flour?

      Lil' Luna

      I use all purpose flour. Hope you’ll give this a try! Let me know what you think! Thank you 🙂

        Caroline

        Could I use self rising flour in replacement for the yeast?

          Kristyn Merkley

          Oh, I haven’t tried. Not sure I would risk it. You could experiment, but honestly, I am not sure how it would work.

      Tien Lam

      You use all purpose flour, but what brand is it?

    michaela

    If I wanted to freeze one of the doughs for later use should I do that after letting it rise the first time or what do you reccomend?

      Lil' Luna

      I personally haven’t put the dough in the freezer. My mom always taught me not to, so I’m not sure what to recommend. Has anyone put it in the freezer?

        Janice

        Freeze it after the first rise. Gently punch it down then freeze. Let it thaw in the pan on the counter. When it has thawed and rises then bake.

      Alicia

      I would suggest baking the bread and then freezing it. With the exception of pizza dough, I haven’t had a lot of success with freezing dough. If you do want to do it, I would do it after the first rise.

    Lucy

    Your bread looks wonderful! I was wondering…After the bread has cooled and a few slices have been eaten, what is the best way to store the bread for a couple days besides putting it in the refrigerator? For example, some folks wrap it in a tea towel or put it in a storage bag etc.etc… Any tips? Thanks!!

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you!!! I just store it in a ziplock bag or in ceran wrap. Hope that helps 🙂

    Eva Hansen

    I made this bread for my wonderful husband and he liked it not bad for my first try I will make this bread again it was easy and taste wonderful. Thank you. 😀

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I’m so glad!! Thanks so much for giving it a try and letting me know!

    Monica

    I just made your bread and it turned out great!!! I will definately make this again!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear that!! Definitely a good recipe 🙂 Thank you!

    Renee

    Tried it for the first time tonight and couldnt help but eat it warm right out of the oven. Sent pictures to all my freinds too. Braggers rights were acheived with this recipe! Thanks for sharing. Its a great recipe!

      Lil' Luna

      LOL..brag away 🙂 I’m so glad you like it and eating it warm is the best way!! Thank you!

    Ashlie

    Do you just have white bread or is there a wheat version?

    Maggie

    This looks soooo good! Thank you for sharing! We just moved out to the country about 6 months ago and one of our neighbors (who lives about 5 miles away lol) is a sweet older couple and she made us some homemade bread and rolls as a “Welcome to the country” gift and my kids and husband loved it!! The whole loaf was gone in 2 days. So I’m making this recipe tonight for the first time! Fingers cross!!

      Lil' Luna

      How fun..what country? I hope it turned out!! Let me know!

    Stephanie

    I have a question, when go to dissolve the packet of yeast do I add it to the full 2 1/4 cup of warm water? I know that might seem like a goofy question since it’s clearly posted above, I was just asking because when I just tried it….it wasn’t very bubbly (a few bubbles but not a lot) I didn’t know if I added all the water too soon because on the back of the package it says dissolve in 1/4 cup of warm water. Just want to make sure I’m going it right. Thank you.

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, dissolve the yeast in the warm water with a pinch of sugar and let it bubble for 10 minutes. Just make sure you have fresh yeast (dry active yeast). Hope that helps and let me know if you have more problems. Good luck!

        Monica

        I just looked at your video and it seems like you didn’t add 2 1/4 cup of water to the yeast. It was 1/4 cup. Is that right? I’m so confused on the measurements. Trying to make it right now.

          Kristyn Merkley

          No, it’s the 2 1/4 🙂 I hope that helps & hope you like it! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

    Jennifer Cleveland

    This bread is the best! !!! I use it as a base when I’m making other breads too, rye, cinnamon raisin , it’s delicious! !!! Everyone I share it with lines it too!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you so much for sharing that recipe and letting me know! Those all sound wonderful!!

    J'Liane

    Can you list the brand of yeast you used? I am using active dry yeast packets but they aren’t foaming at all 😩

      Alicia

      I used Red Star Yeast. Make sure your water is warm and give it a pinch of sugar to feed on. If it’s still not foaming, it’s not good yeast.

      Lil' Luna

      This is Alicia from The Baker Upstairs recipe. Here is her link, if you’d like to ask which yeast she used….http://www.thebakerupstairs.com/. Hope that helps!

    Sidney Jones

    Can you make this recipe in a bread making machine

      Lil' Luna

      I personally haven’t, but I’m sure you could! I’d love to know! Thank you for stopping by!

    Laura Shaikewitz

    Hello, I am just starting my adventure in baking bread. So my question is, did you use a hook attachment to knead the dough for the 5-7 minutes or by hand?

      Lil' Luna

      I like to knead by hand, but you could do either! Hope that helps! Good luck 🙂

    Sheri

    Hi. Can’t wait to make. Can you tell me about how many calories?
    Thank you.

      Lil' Luna

      I wish I knew. I honestly have no idea. I don’t like to know..since I love it so much 🙂

    Emily

    Thanks for sharing! This is now my go-to bread recipe, and I’ve probably made it once a week for the last two months now! It turns out perfect every time. I’ve also made garlic bread and cinnamon raisin bread using this recipe as the base, and both have been excellent. I’ll slice them and pop them in the freezer, then reheat in the toaster. I’ve started making one plain loaf and one flavored loaf each time. I have a batch rising right now, and may try to make dinner rolls from it today.

      Lil' Luna

      That makes me so happy to hear!!! Such great ideas!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    Chereen Zaki

    Will bread flour work?

      Lil' Luna

      I honestly do not know. I haven’t tried that. I wish I knew how it would change the recipe. I’m sorry!

    Jason

    Have you doubled this recipe? I’m just curious because my family goes through bread like crazy and when I make one batch, it doesn’t last us very long. I’m wanting to make enough to last a few days not just one or two.

    Also, have you tried to freeze it? Did it do well with being frozen?

      Lil' Luna

      I have not tried freezing it, I’m sorry. It’s usually gone so fast or we give some away. Has anyone else tried freezing it?

        Jason

        I decided to freeze a couple loaves. I will let you know how it turned out! 🙂

    Christina

    I was so off on my timing and I had to leave the bread to rise for 3 hours before I can begin to roll it out / bake it. Will this ruin the texture?

      Lil' Luna

      How did it come out? I’m sorry I couldn’t get to your question sooner. I haven’t let mine rise that long, so I’m curious. Thank you!! Hope you liked it!

        Christina

        It was ok! It tasted really sweet and doughy. It was edible, but something was off. I’m going to try the recipe again now, knowing I will follow the recipe properly!!

          Lil' Luna

          Yes, please let me know 🙂 I’m sorry the first time, something was off.

            Jennah

            I had to let mine rise for about 5 hours after putting into the tins because the power went out – I patted them back down and then baked, and they still tasted perfect!

            Kristyn Merkley

            Oh, I am so glad they turned out! Darn power! Thank you so much!

    Nicole

    This is a really good recipe! I do love the simplicity of it and so does my family! Thanks for sharing, but I do have a question! For the flour measurement do you know how much you’re using per cup of flour? I use KA flour and 1 cup is 120grams, but the dough still seems a bit wet at time. I feel as though in may not be using enough flour at times. Any input would be greatly appreciate!

    Thanks again!

    Eleanor

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with the step by step. I made probably my 8th loave. This recipe always turns out great.

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, thank you!! I’m glad I could help 🙂 It truly is the best!

    Marisa

    Hi! What kinda of oil do you use. This may be a silly question but I’m not sure. Thanks!!!

      Lil' Luna

      It’s vegetable oil 🙂 Not a silly question! Good luck!

    Mette cowley

    This is a great bread recipe. I am a lazy baker and I used the dough cycle on my bread machine to get through the first rise.(following machine recommendations of water, oil, sugar salt then flour and finally yeast) It would not have worked to bake it in my machine as it is too big a loaf and almost overflowed my machine. But that isn’t a problem as I prefer to bake in the oven.
    Thank you for sharing

      Lil' Luna

      You are so welcome!! I’m glad you like it 🙂 Thank you for letting me know!

    Donna

    I made this bread for the first time yesterday and it was sheer perfection. It’s a beautiful recipe and SOOO EASY! I will incorporate cinnamon, raisins and brown sugar to make a cinnamon-raisin brown sugar swirl bread. I find that brown sugar offers much more flavor and moisture to the bread. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!! I’m so glad! And, yes, there are so many different things you could add. Thanks for letting me know!

    Amanda

    Can i possibly use milk instead of water?

      Lil' Luna

      I’ve have never personally tried using milk. I’m not sure how that would change the recipe. I’m sorry, I wish I knew!

    Kristi

    This recipe looks great! Out of curiosity, do you think you could switch the flour out with gluten free 1-1 flour?

      Lil' Luna

      I personally haven’t tried. If you have used it and know if & how it might change a recipe, then I would say use it. I haven’t used gluten free flour enough to know. If you try it, let me know what you think 🙂 Thank you!

    Alanah

    After I desolve my yeast do I add in the 2 & 1/4 cups of water? Sorry first time making bread

      Lil' Luna

      No worries! You dissolve the yeast in the 2 1/4 c warm water 🙂 Hope that helps! Let me know how it comes out & good luck!

    Jessica

    Would it turn out differently if I used wheat flour instead? And I only have one loaf pan. Can I set aside one half while the other bakes?

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t used wheat flour with it, so I honestly don’t know how it would come out. Has anyone else used it? And, I haven’t baked them separately, so it should be ok. Not sure how the rising will be, since it is longer.

        Ingrid

        I’ve baked my seperate and have also let it rise all day as I forgot about the dough. They both turned out so good! I have another batch rising right now. I’ll be trying wheat flour and other flours and if they turn out as good as this white flour then I don’t think I’ll buy bread ever again!!

          Lil' Luna

          I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks so much for letting me know!

    Briannah

    This may be an obvious question but I’m making bread for the first time! Does it need to be covered while resting??

      Lil' Luna

      I cover with a terry cloth or just a light kitchen towel. Hope that helps!

    Lauren

    I made this today (except i used the quantity to make one loaf) and i was pretty happy. Hopefully the kids like it,they arent keen on breadmix/maker breads so hopefully this recipe/baked wins them over.

      Lil' Luna

      I hope it does win them over! I’d love to know what they think. Thank you!

    Laurel

    Oh my goodness! I love this bread. I have now made it 5 times and have great results each time. I have started experimenting with whole wheat fours and it is still really fluffy. Thank you so much

      Lil' Luna

      That is wonderful to hear! I’m glad you like it. Thank you so much for letting me know 🙂

    Sarah

    Wonderfully easy for my first try at bread making and absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing 😃

      Lil' Luna

      I am so glad!!! I love hearing that 🙂 You are so welcome and thank you for letting me know!

    Michelle

    Do you put both loaves in together? I don’t have a convection oven so I worry that something will be messed up if I bake them together.

      Lil' Luna

      I usually bake them together, but if you are worried, you can bake them separately. Hope that helps!

    Gianna

    I made this bread recipe last night, and it came out perfect!! I was wondering if instead of making loaves of bread if you can make dinner rolls out of this dough?

      Lil' Luna

      I don’t see why not, though I have never tried. Let me know, if you try! Thanks so much!

    Sonia Gupta

    I loved it. You made it so easy for everyone. The texture of the bread is adorable.

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you so much..that is so nice of you! I’m here to help 🙂

    Mckenzie Cooper

    First time making bread and it came out perfectly!!! Thank you!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I am so glad to hear that! Thanks for giving this recipe a try!

    Ken

    I followed the recipe to the letter, but my dough is like cake batter. What did I do wrong?

      Ken

      Never mind. I was impatient and didn’t read step 2…

        Lil' Luna

        Haha..that happens! Let me know how it comes out 🙂 Thank you!

          Ken

          The first loaf came out very light in color. I tried to broil it a little to add some color, and the loaf caught on fire. After some mild panicking and waving air at the smoke alarm, I scraped off the black stuff on top, and it’s quite delicious! The second one is in the oven now. I left the dough in the freezer so it didn’t over-prove, so hopefully that works. 🙂

            Lil' Luna

            Oh, my!!! Glad you caught it! I hope the 2nd loaf comes out 🙂

    Anna

    I love this recipe! What is bugging me is the way this post shows an image of 2.5 out of 5 stars, but says it has a 4.9 rating from 11 (now 12) reviews. (Guess I’m a little neurotic too.) 😉 Thanks for the easiest bread recipe that tastes good too!

      Lil' Luna

      You are so welcome!! This is our favorite bread! Thanks for trying it!

    Lex

    I modified the recipe and made a batch of 12 onion buns and 2 loaves. For the onion buns i added celery salt, poppy seeds, and minced garlic before adding the flour, let it rise, made caramelized onions and added it on the last rise. TURNED OUT AMAZING. The buns are extremely fluffy and have great texture. Waiting for the bread to cool so I can slice it:) Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

      Lil' Luna

      You are so welcome and thank you for sharing your idea! Sounds great!

    Alijah Williams

    So my husband tried a bread recipe yesterday and the bread came out quite heavy and the outside was a bit crunchy. It was nice and soft on the inside. Today though, I decided to make bread while he was at work to see how a different recipe would work out. Presently the bread is in the oven baking and I will update after its done. Recipe was fairly easy to follow, I however used lukewarm water instead of warm water. It got frothy in an instant! Only difference I’ve noticed is that my dough isn’t as smooth as yours in the pan. I used a bottle of wine to roll the dough, can’t find the rolling pin! Lol!

      Lil' Luna

      LOL!! I hope you like it! I’d love to know 🙂 That’s awesome that he tried! Thank you.

    Dani

    This was insanely delicious! Thank you for the recipe ✌🏻️ Five stars

      Lil' Luna

      It’s my fav!! Thanks so much for letting me know and for the 5 stars!

    Suparna

    Tried the basic bread
    Came out really really well
    This was after my earlier failures with bread with other recipes
    Thanks a lot for providing the best bread recipe

      Lil' Luna

      So glad it turned out for you! Thanks so much for letting me know!

    Deepika

    It is looking soooo yummy. Thank you for sharing. I will surprise my mom by baking this for her. 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      You are so welcome!! It absolutely is yummy! Let me know what she thinks 🙂 Thank you!

    Kylene

    I love this recipe! It is simple and my kids absolutely love it!! Is there anyway to make the dough and freeze it?

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t done that, but I believe others have said they have & it turned out. I wish I could personally tell you from my experience. You could try with half the dough?

    Lani

    Okay, I’m clearly a beginner….but what size is a bread pan are you using and is there a standard size? Or does it not really matter?

      Lil' Luna

      The standard size is 9×5 & that is what I used 🙂 Hope that helps!

    Missy

    I made this bread and it turned out perfect!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!! Happy to hear that! Thank you for letting me know!

    Vinita

    I’ve tried baking a sandwich bread thrice before this and failed miserably .. this recipe turned out perfect though ! Fluffy bread with a delicious crust . Thank you so much for the recipe !

      Lil' Luna

      So, happy to hear that it turned out…especially after trying to make bread a few times. Thank you for sharing!

    Laura

    I found this recipe and I love it! My bread is perfect!! I’m going to keep it! Thanks for sharing!! If there was a way to post pics, I would! Lol.

      Lil' Luna

      I love hearing that!! Thank you so much for letting me know!

    Elza Bester

    Hi Lil’ Luna.
    Just an interesting fact about active dried yeast. I live in South Africa and the only kind of dried yeast available here is rapid or as we call it instant yeast. To be honest I don’t like the rapid yeast as it somehow does not taste the same as active dried yeast. On 4 previous occasions I was privilege to visit the USA and of course I stocked up on active dried yeast every time. Once I got home I put it in the freezer and I am happy to say the yeast has more or less no expiry date then. All I do when I want to use yeast, take the specified amount from the bottle ( Red Star ) , put it back in the freezer and has yet to have a failure It will last a good few years. Kind Regards Elza.

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you for sharing that! I am glad you could stock up!

    Tahara

    Love this recipe! All other breads I’ve made don’t come anywhere close to this one! Thanks for sharing! I used bread flour, there is no difference for those wondering.

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much!! This is why we love this recipe so much! Thank you for letting us know about the bread flour 🙂

    Vicki DeArmond

    Thank you so much! The tips you have were awesome. I have always been afraid to this from scratch and my bread turned out heavenly…all thanks to your easy to read instructions and tips.

      Lil' Luna

      See, no need to be afraid! So, glad it turned out! Thank you!

    Mistry

    I baked this bread today and I can not express how amazing and tasty it is.Fresh out of the oven with lots of butter,sooooo good. This is the first time I have ever baked bread. Loved how simple it was. I did mix the flours,I used half wholemeal and half plain flour,and was perfect.Thank you so much for this receipe,will be making over and over again!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I am so glad!!! That’s why I love this recipe! Thanks so much for letting me know.

    Angela

    Hey, Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! My family loved it. Any tips/insight on why mine may have gotten heavy/dense after it cooled?

    Sandra

    Did you use kosher salt or table salt? Made this today and it was too salty.

      Lil' Luna

      I just used regular, table salt. I hope that helps! Good luck 🙂

    Evette Clark

    What do you use to store your bread in after it is baked?

      Lil' Luna

      I put mine in a ziploc bag. Just make sure the air is out of it, so it won’t get hard. Hope that helps 🙂

    Gayle

    This is only my third time to bake bread, and I’m so proud of myself for this one! Your instructions are easy to follow, and the bread tastes lovely. Thank you for sharing, I don’t want to ever eat store bought again!

      Lil' Luna

      Isn’t homemade the best?! I’m so glad you like this recipe and that it’s easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Chinthaka Prabath

    Hi.. I just made your recipe. I love it. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. Can you give me some tips for store my bread for 2, 3 days? But i don’t want to put it on fridge. Is it possible?

      Lil' Luna

      I am so glad!! Yes, I like to store mine in a gallon size bag & make sure the air is out & I will add a tie at the end to keep the air out. Hope that helps!!

    Angele

    OMG this bread is amazing!!! I’ve made bread before and they were just ok and the family didn’t eat it much. With this recipe, within 5hrs a full loaf was gone. Everyone one including my very picky husband gobbled it down. I did one classic plain white bread, first to go and delicious right after coming out of the oven warm with butter, the second I put a bunch of cinnamon and sugar after rolling then rolled up and baked like the first, it is equally good and if I added a frosting would taste just like a cinnamon bun. SOOOOOO good, I will for sure be making more tomorrow. Thanks for sharing, oh and mine stuck to the pan so will be using parchment paper next time.

      Lil' Luna

      I love to hear that!! This is my favorite bread recipe! The frosting sounds like a great idea!

    Regan Ross

    Oh! My! Goodness!
    I stumbled upon your site while looking for a sandwich bread recipe and spent an hour mesmerized by the little food videos that popped up in the corner. I’m having a hard time typing this message because crockpot teriyaki chicken is being made in the upper right corner of the screen. (Wait! No!… now it’s some sort of lemon loaf!)
    I need to get back to
    ….(Look at that cheese sauce!)….
    trying to bake bread.
    (French Onion Chicken Casserole…are you kidding me!!! *mouth watering*)
    Whoever thought up the use of this recipe video pop-up is a genius.
    (…must…stop…looking…at the… videos…)

      Lil' Luna

      You are too funny!!! I’m glad you are mesmerized!! Thanks so much!

    Regan Ross

    Finally baked the bread. Perfect. Thanks.
    Hope my family comes home soon so I don’t eat it all myself.

      Lil' Luna

      LOL!!! Guess, you’ll have to make more if you do 🙂

    Winnie

    Help, everything was fine thru the second rising! When I removed the Saran Wrap, it stuck to the dough & fell flat!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I am so sorry!! I’m not sure what happened!?? It could have been the yeast. Was it new or fresh?

    Shannon

    Do you need to add the sugar, or can it be optional or possible even substituted? Other than that, this sound like a great recipie and I can wait to try it!

      Lil' Luna

      I have never left it out, so I personally can’t say how it might come out. I’m sorry. It really is the best bread 🙂 If you try, let me know what happens! Thank you!

    Nicole

    Can’t wait to try this! Are the pans 8×4 or 9×5?

      Lil' Luna

      Mine are 9×5. Hope that helps!! Thank you for stopping by!

        Nicole

        Thank you yes! (Even though I just saw someone asks already and you answered 🙈 Sorry!) Made them this morning–sooooo good!!!!

    Kim

    I didn’t realize that it could take up to 10 minutes for the yeast to activate. I threw away the first two batches because I thought I messed up. Luckily, I texted my mom, figured it out, and baked 2 fabulous loaves of bread that didn’t last 24 hours!! It was such a hit, I just baked 4 more!! Thanks for the recipe!!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, sorry you threw those batches! You didn’t mess up 🙂 I am so glad you liked the bread!! We love it! Thank you!

    Nicole

    Hi there! Is there any input that you could put in on my question? I hate to be that person, but literally every post here except mine, received an answer 🙁 I posted back in February and others received a response on the same day, so I thought I’d check back today and still no response 🙁 I love the texture of the bread in the image and how the recipe is simple. But I’d like a little input on the amount of flour. The conversion charts vary from brand to brand and just from basic usage.

    I’d love to hear from you on this!

    Thanks 🙂

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    Nicole :
    February 28, 2017 at 2:35 am
    This is a really good recipe! I do love the simplicity of it and so does my family! Thanks for sharing, but I do have a question! For the flour measurement do you know how much you’re using per cup of flour? I use KA flour and 1 cup is 120grams, but the dough still seems a bit wet at time. I feel as though in may not be using enough flour at times. Any input would be greatly appreciate!

    Thanks again!

      Lil' Luna

      I’m sorry I didn’t respond. I try to answer all comments, so I might have missed this, but I am sorry. I’m not sure how to answer your question. I’m not familiar with KA flour and I don’t measure by grams, so I guess I would need to figure out how many grams are in a cup. I looked on google and it’s 120 grams per cup of all-purpose flour, which is the same as the KA flour. Did you use all 6 1/2 cups? Depending on where you live, the humidity, etc, effects cooking/baking. It took me a couple of times to get it right, so keep trying & add a little more flour next time, adding 1/2 cup at a time. I hope that helps you! I’m sorry again, for missing your comment. Good luck & let me know if you have any more questions!

        Nicole

        Hi there and thanks for the reply! I hope my post wasn’t taken the wrong way.

        Ohh yes, humidity. I didn’t realize that. My area is very humid 🙁 When making the bread, I did use all 6 1/2 cups per the 120g from King Arthur, but the dough was really sticky. Not similar to your images at all. So I ended up adding a whole other cup, so I used a total of 7 1/2 cups. The dough was still sticky, but the bread came out great! The two loaves were gone in two days.

        I’ll continue to play around with it, but thanks for a great recipe and thanks so much for responding and looking into my question! It is greatly appreciated!

          Lil' Luna

          Not taken wrong at all!! You’ll find what works best 🙂 Thank you for not quitting on it 🙂

    Rachael

    Just made my first batch of bread using this recipe and it was so simple and my whole family loved it. Thank you for sharing. I used my kitchen aid for the knead step….so easy!!! Goodbye store bought bread!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!! Yes, you’ll never go back now 🙂 Thank you for letting me know!

    Deirdre

    thank you for this easy recipe! i used 3 1/2c white flour and 2c whole wheat flour and it came out perfect! put the second loaf in the freezer after the first rise (punched it down, rolled it, covered in saran wrap, then put in freezer bag). will post to update on how that one comes out.

    Erica

    Ive made this several times! All 5 of my kids and husband love it! Its really hard to find some thing they all even like. It makes the perfect French toast.

      Lil' Luna

      Love to hear that!! This is by far our favorite bread recipe & yes, perfect for so many things! Thank you!

    Laura

    When making I didn’t even use the whole 4 cups it started with? Dough felt perfect without it… We’ll see how it turns out I guess!

    Urooj

    Hi
    Love your blog.
    Let me say this you are so sweet that you answer each and every question so so sweetly.
    Best of luck.

      Lil' Luna

      Awe, thank you so much!! I love being able to answer everyone’s questions 🙂

    Dori

    Turned out wonderful. Could use a bit more salt. But otherwise wonderful recipe. A keeper.

    Sharon weir

    Looks very good

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you!! It is our favorite!! Hope you’ll try it 🙂 Thank you!

    Shirley

    What brand of mixer did you use? Looks so easy.

      Lil' Luna

      I make it in a bog bowl 🙂 You could use whatever you have around..any would be fine. Thank you!

    Trisha

    Super excited about this bread which is in the middle of the first rise!! I used coconut oil it didn’t specify and figured what the heck so hoping it turns out well!! Any experience using coconut oil??

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t used it a whole lot. How did it turn out?

        Trisha

        It turned out so yummy with the coconut oil!! I am actually making another batch if them right now I plan to do what another commenter did adding cinnamon and sugar to one!! The other will stay plain for sandwiches!! I also made it with avocado oil and had great results as well!! Love this recipe!! It’s so easy yet delicious!

    Laura

    Hey,
    It looks like a really nice recipe and my dough is rising in the pans at the moment.
    What I’ve been asking myself, still I’m.not from US: how much is one cup of flour? I found recommendations between 100 and 150 grams?
    The dough is really sticky, when you knead it by hand, do you do so in a bowl? Or on a floured surface? Does it stick to your hands or is it dry and floury on the outside?
    And when you roll out the dough, do you flour the surface? Or oil it? Or just put it there without any preparation?
    How thick is your dough rolled out?

    Sorry for the many questions since I’m new to baking. And sorry for my may a little off english, not my first language, but I’m trying.

    I’m so looking forward to my first come out in a few hours 🙂
    Laura

      Lil' Luna

      1 cup of flour is about 140 grams. The dough shouldn’t be too sticky, where you can’t roll it into a ball. It should be tacky, but not sticky. You can knead it in a bowl or on a slightly floured surface. It’s about 1/4 in thick-1/2 in. It doesn’t have to be exact. I hope I answered all your questions. Good luck & let me know if you have any other questions!

        Laura

        Thanks a lot
        Most of it I did right instinctively.
        One loaf didn’t come out ao well. I had two different sizes of pans and divided the two ao it fit both parts. But in the larger one it started to fall down again before it could reach the edge of teh pan. Baked it anyway, was a bit flat, but definitely delicious!
        I’ll try again and work it out perfectly with my german measurement and ingredients 🙂
        I do have indeed one question left. Why do you use dry yeast (actually in all the recipes I found?) it works so much better with fresh yeast!

          Lil' Luna

          Thanks for letting me know. I guess I use the dry yeast, because that is what my mom always used & I guess you just stick with what you know sometimes, especially if they are the best 🙂

    Susan

    My grandma made potato bread always just boils one potato to make bread do you have a recipe?

      Lil' Luna

      I am sorry, I don’t . Sounds interesting, though! Hope you find a recipe!

    Lesley

    I came across this recipe and wanting to try it. I had been very hesitant to try because i always have a hard time getting the dough to rise and come out looking like an actual loaf of bread. Decided to try this with a small trick my mother in law told me about. When getting the dough to rise just put it on a heating pad on low. I’ve never heard of rolling the dough out either but WOW…this bread turned out AMAZING! My house smells sooo yummy and the kids won’t leave it alone! Guess I’ve found the new favorite for the house!

    Shelli

    Do you think instead of baking 2 loaves you could bake 1 loaf of bread and the other half make into cinnamon rolls?
    Thanks

      Lil' Luna

      I am sure you could!! I haven’t tried, but I don’t see why not 🙂 Good luck!

    Sandra Johnson

    Can this recipe for home made bread be done in a bread machine?

      Lil' Luna

      I personally haven’t, but I’m sure you could 🙂 Let me know how it turns out & I hope you like it!

    Star

    I used to make homemade breads & noodles by hand(no machines) growing up on the ranch. Live in Nebraska. Only got 4cups total into the bread. When I finished my kneading for the 1st rise it was smooth but not so much tacky anymore…ALMOST like I put in too much flour? Smooth & a little dry(not tacky)but not where it’s dry cracking or clump separating.

    I saw Laura was the ONLY one so far that I saw who didn’t get past 4cups total but didn’t see how it turned out.

    Ever made it w/only 4c flour? Should I just make 1 loaf depending on the 1st rise?

    I have a metal, glass & stone pans for loaves…wonder if I should make it in my large stone pan as one loaf. Thoughts?

    Nicole

    I’ve made this bread so many times. It’s my favorite bread I’ve EVER made! Sooooo good and fluffy! I’ve got two loafs rising right now that I plan on vacuum sealing and freezing 🙌🏻 For some reason it won’t let me rate it but for sure 5+++ stars!!!! 😍

    Richard Williams

    Do you have any bread recipes for Bread machines?

      Lil' Luna

      I do not have a bread machine, but I’m sure most will work in one. Let me know if you try 🙂

    marie lafontaine

    hello what is that bowl called, anyone know where I could get one online thanks

    Mary Ann Anderson

    Made this bread today…I can’t wait for my husband to finish it so I can make more…it is so delicious.

      Lil' Luna

      LOL!!! Why do you think I make lots of loaves at once? It’s never enough! Thank you!

    nina

    totally made this and it was great!!! thanks so much!

      Lil' Luna

      Great!! Thank you so much for sharing! I am glad you liked it!

    sidrasalman

    hi, i am from Pakistan i want to know that how can i make it little bit sweat. actually my childrean likes sweat milky bread.

    Tasha

    What kind of flour do you use to make this bread?

    Stacy

    Hi! What kind of mixer is used in the video?

      Lil' Luna

      I will have to find out. It wasn’t mine. When I make it, I usually like to mix with my hands 🙂

    Sherrie

    What kind of mixer are you using. It looks intriguing

    Minnie

    I love this recipe . when I make my bread I always use this recipe always .if u don’t have a warm place for it to rise . I used my oven setting it on 120 to 150 degrees and it turned out nicely for me .

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much for sharing Minnie! I am so glad you like it!

    Cindy

    What brand of electric mixer do you use in this video?

    Diana

    Ok. I have now made six loaves and I am completely thrilled with myself. I’m a baker, but never ventured into breads. It always seemed to arduous. But this is wicked simple and wonderful and I made some major adulting points today 😀

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, you did!!! You should be proud 🙂 Thanks so much for letting me know!

    Jasmine

    Hey there! I’m very new to baking anything other then boxed cake mixes and muffins :(, but I’m trying to make everything homemade now! I only have Quick-Rise Instant yeast. Will this work? Very, very new to the whole yeast thing. Thank you!

      Lil' Luna

      You know, I’m still learning myself. I’m not a pro, yet 🙂 I’m thinking it will be ok. Keep an eye out on it. I sure hope you like it. Good for you, for learning & trying homemade recipes! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

    Kathy

    Watching th video and it looks amazing! What mixer are you using? I was looking for a good bread mixer!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, it was not my mixer. I need to find out what it was. Still haven’t :/

    Carol

    We now buy flour instead of bread! Thank you for sharing! Love the bread!

    Halimah

    Thank you for the recepie..I must try

      Lil' Luna

      Let me know if you do..I’d love to know what you think 🙂 Thanks!

    Anne

    Just made this and they turned out perfect! Didn’t change a thing I’ll definitely be using this recipe again!

    Faseeha Yaseen

    Hi..please can yu give the measurements in grams ?.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I suggest maybe seeing if you can find a site that can convert it for you. 🙂

    Jennifer

    This was the first time I’ve ever made homemade bread. It was so amazing. My entire family LOVE it, requesting I make bread for the holidays.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Yay!! Love to hear that! It’s our favorite bread recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kimberly

    My bread wasn’t as light as your picture…heavier in texture. It was still super soft, but just much heavier. When I sliced it, the bread height wasn’t as high as typical sandwich bread either, and your picture looks like it should be about the same size. If mine had turned out that height, it would’ve taken FOREVER to get done in the center due to it’s heaviness. I followed the recipe completely. Any thoughts or suggestions? I’m looking for fluffiness with a full bodied taste. Is that possible?

    Jessica

    What type of flour are you using?

    Danny

    I tried this recipe for the first time today, and it was the best bread I ever made. The author took the time to post step by step directions, and tips, that made all the difference. I added four cups of flour, and then began adding more flour in small handfuls as I kneaded the dough…. Keep adding flour until the dough just barely sticks to the surface you are kneading on. The consistency of the dough is of prime importance. If you like a lighter fluffier bread then add a bit more flour. I prefer mine a bit more moist and dense so I used around 5 3/4 cups in total. Just follow the authors directions and you can not go wrong!

    Kathy Griffin

    do you have a recipe for gluten-free

    judi

    do you use ap flour or bread flour

      Kristyn Merkley

      I just used all purpose flour 🙂 ENJOY!

        judi

        thank you i sent my comment in before i read all the other comments so i did see where you said you use ap flour

    Sandi

    This looks so easy. I am going to give it a try. Thank you. I have a question – Do you use bread flour, self-rising or all purpose flour? Thank you.

    Fiona

    May I know u are using all purpose four or high protein flour

    Brody Gunner

    I tried this recipe & My Family absolutely Loved it. Thank You

    Nicollette

    This bread is amazing and so perfect for sandwiches! My family loves it! Thank you for an easy recipe that tastes delicious =)

    Chandra ramnath

    Great

    Michelene

    I just wanted to say I tried the homemade bread this morning…so easy to make, turned out perfect…my husband loves it..thanks…I’m definitely going to try more of your recipes

      Kristyn Merkley

      Thank you so much!! This is absolutely our favorite! I’m so glad you all liked it!

    Megan

    This bread turned out amazing! It is such a simple recipe. My husband and I won’t be buying bread from the store anymore after trying this!! Thank you so much for sharing.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Yay!! We never have to buy bread either 🙂 I’m glad you liked it! Thank you!

    Melissa Howell

    Alicia, this bread looks beautiful and perfect! I’m going to make it the first chance I get!

    Lynn

    Will rapid rise yeast work in this recipe?

      Kristyn Merkley

      Yes, but I’ve only used the active yeast, but if you are familiar with the rapid rise, you could try it.

    Natasha

    I have been making this recipe every week for the past month now. It’s amazing!! I don’t think we’ll ever buy bread from the store again. 🙂

      Kristyn Merkley

      That makes me so happy to hear!! Yes, this is our favorite!! Thank you so much for letting me know!

    Bridget

    No matter what yeast I use it never seems to bubble up like your pictures… I just font know what I’m doing wrong.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I’m sorry you are having problems! Sometimes it bubbles & sometimes I don’t wait for it to bubble. Make sure your water is between warm & hot. Have you tried all kinds of yeast? I use the instant yeast, if that helps!

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