My Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

Simple Homemade Bread

3 cups of white or whole wheat flour, or 1-1/2 cups of each (plus a little extra flour for kneading)
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet or about 2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar or brown sugar or honey
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup warm water (not hot but warm)

*Place 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar, and yeast in a small bowl and let this froth. It will bubble and grow about double. If it does not froth it means the yeast is not good.

*Mix together flour, salt, 1/4 cup sugar into a mixing bowl. I use a Kitchen Aid Mixer with the kneader.

*When your yeast has frothed, add it to your dry ingredients along with your oil. Mix slowly if it is to dry then add just a bit more water.  You want to make a nice dough kind-of like play-dough.

*If you have a Mix Aid Mixer knead about 3-4 minutes on a low setting then turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth like a baby's bottom. If you knead by hand knead about 10 minutes. 

*Place dough into a large greased bowl. Let the dough rise until double in size.  It seems to take about an hour if your kitchen is really warm. It will take a bit longer if your kitchen is cooler. Do not rush this step!

* After the dough has risen, punch it down, shape into loaves. This will make 1 really large loaf or 2 small loaves. Let it rise again in the pans to double size.

* Bake @325 for about 50 minutes. Watch it closely.

* You know it is done when you take it out and give the bottom a thump. If it sounds hollow it is down. If not put it back in for a few more minutes.

Cinnamon Rolls: After the dough has risen, cut the dough into two balls. Roll out into a flat circle about 1/4 inch thick. Cover with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Lots of butter and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon just a bit thicker than you would toast. Now roll the dough up into a jelly roll and slice them about one inch thick. Place them side by side in a large cake pan. Let them rise until double in size for about an hour. Bake about 18-20 or minutes or until golden brown. Frosting: Evaporated milk, powdered sugar and pure maple syrup.


  1. Hi, there! Just found your blog through Money Saving Mom and am enjoying browsing your site. Will try the fabric softener soon. I am you know approximately how much the bread costs per loaf? Also, would love to read/learn more about your home sale/new home venture...Thanks- Cristinia

  2. This looks very easy. I usually make mine in my bread maker. I too love the smell. I'm gonna try this too. I would love to make some in the bread maker and by hand at the same time. I make it every other day for us. We love some homemade bread:)

  3. I made your recipe for the first time a few days was amazing! It was gone that night..LOL. We love bread...for breakfast, lunch, and with supper. I'm going to try it with wheat flour today. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

  4. So I'm not a bread maker but I'm wanting to try to start. Do I put it in a loaf pan?

  5. This is fantastic! I have been looking for a good homemade bread recipe! Thank you. I've already printed out your recipe and will be trying it out soon! Hopefully tomorrow, to share with my Mother on her Birthday. Thank You
    Rebecca of the R&W Gals

  6. I love this recipe, so easy and yummy! I have shared it with many friends and I hope they enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  7. I make my own bread also, and although my ingredients are the same as your recipe they are different amounts. I'm going to give yours a try and see... thanks for sharing

  8. Just tried this recipe...Love it...Thanks for sharing...

  9. Just made the bread and it is delicious. Came out great as the large loaf BUT have 2 questions regarding after letting the dough rise. I notice you proceeded to make up the loaves without a second "rising".
    Does the low baking temp and timing take the place of a second "rising" before starting to bake? Would letting it rise for the second time affect the temp and baking time?

  10. I think I'm going to try this recipe tomorrow. I only have a good one for wheat and sometimes we all need the comfort of good ol' white bread. Esp. after you've had a stomach bug like I've had ;) Oh and even though I still don't feel great... you totally had me drooling over your cinnamon rolls! Do you have a recipe for your icing? :)

  11. icouponjesussavesJune 22, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    i must've beat it down too much....small dense loaves....i thought i heard if you punch it down more, it's better...oh well, guess i should've FOLLOWED THE RECIPE!!! *sigh* there's always next time....

  12. I am so aShamed to admit that I have never made bread. I love it, and really want to, but it just looks so involved. Im going to do it, I know one day I will. I would LOVE some fresh bread right now after reading this. Thanks, lol!! LA

  13. I can actually smell your bread, been a while since I baked home made bread, and we do love it too. I need to bake some for my honey. I do make home made biscuits often.


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