Basic White Bread

 Nothing says comfort quite like freshly baked bread!  This recipe is so easy and addictive, you’ll be making home made bread all the time!

White Bread |

Soft and tender bread that comes together quickly and easily!


Yesterday was a very productive day!  I baked four loaves of white bread and played consecutive games of Candy Land with my 4 year old, Lucy.  Sounds perfect doesn’t it?

I’m in love with making my own bread. It’s so simple, just takes a bit of planning.   I started my yeast and let it get foamy and creamy.  This gave me just enough time to fetch our Candy Land game and get it set up!  Our little gingerbread men were lined up and ready for action!  I mixed in my flour and left my dough to rise.  Whew!  That was the hardest part of making the bread!  And probably the easiest part of the afternoon!  Because let me tell you, 4 year olds can be relentless game players!

While my bread dough was doing its thing, and rising,  me and my red gingerbread man began our race to the finish across Candy Land!  I won twice.  Lucy tried rigging the cards so that she landed on Princess Frostine, but her plan backfired and I was catapulted there instead.   I did feel sort of bad for my daughter, but this was a life lesson.  Cheaters never win.

While Lucy was crying over her loss I returned to the kitchen to do a quick knead, and to separate my dough into loaf pans where they would rise once more.  Since Lucy was determined to end the day with a win, we played yet another game (three games actually) of Candy Land.  I was the green gingerbread man this time.  I could see the wheels turning in Lucy’s head as she was trying to determine whether color had anything to do with my previous successes.  It didn’t.  I won again.  And again.  And again.  How do you explain to a 4 year old that this game is less about strategy and more about luck?   By that point,  my bread had risen to the perfect height!  It was time to bake them up!


White Bread |

Homemade white bread, easy and delicious!

While the bread was in the oven, we played one last game of Candy Land.  It finally occurred to Lucy to let go of all the strategy and just enjoy the game.  I may have threatened to toss the game if she didn’t relax and have fun, but that doesn’t matter.   Because she DID have fun.  I had fun too.    Lucy’s day ended on a high note,  she  won our last game of Candy Land!  I was more than happy to lead by example and be the gracious loser.   Plus I knew I wouldn’t have to play another game of Candy Land (today)!!!

By that time my bread had baked up to the perfect golden color and the aroma had filled the kitchen.  Baked bread has to be my most favorite smell.  It reminds me of when I was little and would come home from school to find my mom’s freshly baked bread.  I’d race to cut a slice of the still warm bread.  I’d slather it with butter, which would melt instantly and sort of drip down my hand as I’d bite into the tender bread.    So, of course, once my bread slid out of their pans, I dove right into them.   I cut two slices, one for me and one for Lucy.   Two adversaries breaking bread.

White Bread |

Homemade bread dough is easy, and comes together quickly!

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Basic White Bread
  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 5 cups bread flour
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Stir in yeast. Let yeast proof until it's foamy and creamy. You want it to rise above the water level.
  2. Mix in salt and oil. Mix in bread flour, one cup at a time until dough comes together. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until it is smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and then place a damp towel over plastic wrap. Allow dough to rise in a warm (see below) place until it doubles. This should take about an hour.
  3. Once dough has doubled, punch down and knead gently for few minutes. Divide dough in half. Shape into loaves and place in two greased 9 x 5 in. bread pans. Allow bread to rise once more, about 30 minutes or until dough as risen at least one inch above the pan.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
  5. Cool on a wire rack.
  6. A good place for me to allow my dough to rise is in the microwave. While I am mixing in my flour, I heat my microwave for 5 minutes. Then place my covered bowl in the warm microwave.

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15 Responses

  1. Like you, Tanya, I’ve many memoires of Mom baking bread and how her kitchen over-flowed with the aroma. Although I’ve baked a few loaves myself, no one ever told me that real success was to be had with a Candy Land game. Silly me, relying on timers all these years! That loaf and crumb would be perfect for sandwiches, if it would last that long. I’d eat most of it, slathered in butter, right out of the oven. :)

    • Oh Lucy and I ate several pieces of bread right when it came out of the oven! You got it John, the secret is you have to be playing Candy Land!

  2. As I bake several challahs (Jewish bread) every Friday I know how great it is.

    BTW – yeast rise faster in warm area, BUT they work much better rising slowly(!).
    That is why the best way is to put the dough in fridge – for overnight (or 6-8 hours)

    • Oh thanks Winnie! I’ll try that with my yeast next time!

    • I agree Loretta! Instant gratification!

  3. Darla

    I just got a bread machine for Christmas and have been trying different recipes. Do you have a way to convert this for a bread machine or do you have a good recipe for one? I hope to be trying this one out sometime but i really want to make my son feel god about giving me the gift. LOL

  4. I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never made my own bread! I’ve used frozen bread dough countless times but I’ve really got to give this a go!

    • Tonia, I only recently started! This is a good recipe for beginners like me! Almost fool proof!

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