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This BEST bread recipe makes the most deliciously fluffy loaf of white bread. It tastes so much better than store-bought!

Nothing beats delicious homemade bread! If you love a good bread recipe, you’ll also love our French Bread, White Bread Recipe, and Banana Bread recipes.

Bread recipe sliced up on a cutting board.

a Family Favorite!

I have to confess, I’m kind of a bread addict. I love any kind of bread, from tender and flaky Buttermilk Biscuits to pillowy soft Homemade Dinner Rolls.

My very favorite kind of bread, though, is a fluffy white loaf of this bread recipe. We love it because the flavor is PERFECTION, but also because:

  • Made with pantry staples. Ingredients are simple and ones most everyone has on hand.
  • Used for SO many recipes. It’s perfect for sandwiches, Grilled Cheese, or a batch of French toast.
  • Cost effective and healthier. Making this homemade bread recipe will cost about $1.25 worth of ingredients per loaf and I get to control exactly what ingredients I use! 
  • Great to freeze. Like most bread recipes, this is great to make ahead and store.

Bread Ingredients

As mentioned above, most of these items can be found in your pantry, which means you should be able to make this any time!

  • Active Dry Yeast (1 packet) – If your yeast is old or dead, your easy bread recipe is going nowhere fast. I store my yeast in the fridge at all times.
  • Warm Water
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Bread Flour – Comes in both whole wheat and white versions and has a higher percentage of protein than all-purpose flour. If you don’t have bread flour, you can replace it with an equal amount of all-purpose flour. It does change the texture a bit, but still works well.
  • Butter

How to Make Bread

  1. YEAST. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in warm water with a pinch of sugar.
  2. COMBINE + KNEAD. When the yeast mixture is bubbly and foamy, add the sugar, salt, oil, and 4 cups flour, and mix with a dough hook until smooth. Add the 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 for 5-7 minutes, until smooth, then roll into a ball.
  3. RISE. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn over once to coat the top with oil, and cover with plastic wrap. (Use olive oil or cooking spray to coat the bowl.) Let rise for one hour, or until doubled.
  4. SHAPE. When the dough has risen, punch it down gently and divide it in half. On a non-stick baking mat or lightly floured surface, roll each half of the dough into a long rectangle about 8 inches wide.
  5. ROLL. Roll the dough up, starting at the short edge, to form a cylinder that is approximately 8 inches wide. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. 2ND RISE. Place the dough, seam side down, into lightly greased loaf pans, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for one hour, or until the dough is ½-1 inch higher than the top of the pan.

Proofing tips

  • Oil the bowl before adding the dough to rise. This will keep it from sticking when it is dumped out and shaped.
  • Air temperature can affect the proof time. A warmer environment will allow the dough to rise faster. A cooler area will slow down the process.
  • A quicker proof time.
    • Preheat your oven to 200°F then turn it OFF. Place the dough in an oven-safe bowl and cover it with a warm damp tea towel. Stick it in the oven until the dough has doubled in size.
    • Place the bowl of dough near a warmer area in your home such as a fireplace or warm slow cooker. 
  • Doneness. Visually observe when the dough has doubled in size and use that as an indicator of doneness. To tell if it has been proofed just right, poke your finger in the top of the dough…
    • Bounces back immediately – continue proofing.
    • Doesn’t bounce back at all – it is over-proofed.
    • Bounces back halfway – it’s perfect!
Homemade bread dough proofed in bread pans.

How to BAKE Homemade Bread

  1. PREP. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. BAKE. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.
  3. BRUSH + COOL. I like to brush my loaves with a little melted butter after baking. Remove to a cooling rack and cool before slicing. Makes 2 loaves of bread.

Why is my bread heavy and dense?

  • Adding too much flour. Scoop the flour into the measuring cup with a spoon and level it off. The amount of flour can be too much if measured incorrectly, which can make it dense.
  • Under or over proofing. It is really important that the dough rises well. If you don’t allow it to rise long enough it will be dense. If you proof it for too long, it will fall and also become dense. 
  • Over kneading. This is really hard to do when you knead by hand, as your hands will tire before it can happen. However, it can happen if you let a stand mixer knead for too long or at too high of a setting.
Easy bread recipe baked and on cooling racks.

Repurpose Your Homemade Bread

Use this bread in some of our favorite recipes:

Make croutons. Check out our Homemade Croutons recipe!

Homemade bread recipe slices and loaf on cutting board.

Storing info

  • STORE. Cool completely and place in a Ziploc bag or wrap in foil. This best bread recipe should last 2 to 3 days stored at room temperature.
  • FREEZE. Slice the loaf all the way through, place it in a plastic bread bag, and freeze it as soon as it has cooled completely.
    • Freeze the bread dough. Add twice as much yeast to compensate for any yeast that will die in the freezer.
      • Allow the dough to rise the first time, then shape it into loaves and place them directly on a greased baking sheet.
      • Place them in the freezer and freeze until solid.
      • Wrap each loaf with plastic and again with aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • To bake – unwrap and place in a greased bread pan. Cover with an oiled piece of plastic wrap. Allow it to thaw for several hours and then rise until it is about doubled in size. Bake according to recipe directions. 
Bread recipe close up image with slices on cutting board.

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Bread Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This BEST bread recipe makes the most deliciously fluffy loaf of white bread. It tastes so much better than store-bought!
Servings: 20 slices
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Let Rise: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients 

  • teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • cups warm water
  • ¼ cup sugar plus 1 pinch
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5½ – 6½ cups bread flour
  • butter for topping (optional)
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Instructions 

  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in 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.
  • 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 for 5-7 minutes, until smooth, then roll into a ball.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn over once to coat the top with oil, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for one hour, or until doubled.
  • When the dough has risen, punch it down gently and divide it 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 the remaining dough.
  • Place the dough, seam side down, into lightly greased bread pans, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for one hour, or until the dough is ½ – 1 inch higher than the top of the pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until 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. MAKES 2 LOAVES.

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Notes

STORE. Cool completely and place in a Ziploc bag or wrap in foil. This best bread recipe should last 2 to 3 days stored at room temperature.
FREEZE. Slice the loaf all the way through, place it in a plastic bread bag, and freeze it as soon as it has cooled completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 351mg, Potassium: 42mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
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1,419 Comments

  1. laura says:

    5 stars
    First time making bread! and wow these turned out amazing and they are so yummy!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Way to go!! I’m so glad you gave the bread recipe a try and enjoyed it!

  2. Rachel Kim says:

    5 stars
    Make my first ever loaves using your recipe and they turned out amazing. Thank you!

  3. Ashley Ingle says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this several times now and it’s always been amazing. Just one question though, every time I’ve made this the heel of the bread has a spiral in it from where it was rolled up when putting it in the loaf pan. It doesn’t affect the taste obviously but does that mean I’m not rolling it thin enough, or maybe too thin?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      After rolling the loaf, you can try pulling the dough down on the sides and “tucking” the rolled-looking edges underneath the loaf. That should help it not have those spiral edges.

  4. Gerry says:

    What size of pan do you use

  5. Faith says:

    Can you use regular all purpose flour?

    1. Debi says:

      Hi Faith.. as a very amateur baker I have learned that using a quality flour as well as using bread flour when it’s called for makes a world of difference. I only use King Arthur’s.
      Happy baking

  6. Peggy says:

    5 stars
    My family loves this bread! And it’s very easy to make!

  7. Greg Schlimgen says:

    5 stars
    Love your recipes!
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. Jude says:

    Can you cut this recipe in half?

  9. Carrie says:

    5 stars
    I love this bread! Any tips on how to make the bottom more soft and not as crunchy? I’m wondering if it was maybe because I greased my bread pans with a bit of Crisco.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Could be! I typically just use cooking spray. You might try moving your oven rack up one notch too. Maybe the bottoms just got a little more cooked than the rest. All ovens seem to cook just a little differently. So glad to hear you love the bread!

  10. Maria says:

    5 stars
    Fantastic!
    The directions are easy to follow. The taste is wonderful. I’ll definitely be making this again and again.