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A loaf of golden freshly baked bread with a slice cut

Easy Homemade White Bread

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (includes rising time)
  • Yield: About 20 slices 1x


There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread! This homemade white bread recipe is easy to make and comes out fluffy with a golden brown crust.


  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons warm water
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons instant yeast or active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey (or substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons more granulated sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature and cubed (can substitute for 1 Tablespoon olive oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • Olive oil, for coating bowl
  • 1/2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted


  1. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar and give it a quick stir to combine. Let sit for 10 minutes, or until the yeast foams.
  2. Add remaining sugar (and honey, if using), 1 Tablespoon butter, salt, and 2 cups flour to the bowl. Using the dough hook attachment, mix at low speed until the dough has come together and has a soft consistency. If it’s still pretty sticky, add more flour 1 Tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is achieved. Let continue to mix for 5 more minutes, or until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Coat the inside of a separate large bowl with a thin layer of olive oil. Transfer dough to oiled bowl, coat dough with oil, then cover with a clean dishtowel or plastic wrap and place in a warm area for 45 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Once the dough has risen, gently punch it down and turn out onto a nonstick mat or floured surface. Roll out the dough into a long rectangle with the short side about 8″ wide. Roll the dough up, starting at the short edge. Place seam side down into a greased 8″x4″ loaf pan. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise again, about 1 hour. 
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F and adjust oven rack to lower-middle position. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown on top and sound hollow when tapped. Brush with melted butter, then carefully remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack (aff link) to cool completely.
  6. Slice, serve and enjoy!


Loaf pan size: Only have a 9″x5″ loaf pan? No problem, you can still make this recipe – your bread will just be a little shorter and wider than what you see pictured.

Want to make a double batch? Easy! Just double the recipe to bake in two 8″x4″ pans, or even double the recipe and bake it in one 9″x5″ pan (aff link) for extra big bread.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade white bread, homemade bread, easy homemade bread

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