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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 to cool completely.
- 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 for extra big bread.
- Category: Bread
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: homemade white bread, homemade bread, easy homemade bread