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A loaf of golden freshly baked bread with a slice cut

Easy Homemade White Bread

4.5 from 2 votes
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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 16 to 20 slices


  • ¾ cup + 2 Tablespoons warm water
  • 1 ⅛ teaspoons instant yeast or active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon honey, or substitute 1 ½ teaspoons more granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature and cubed (can substitute for 1 Tablespoon olive oil)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • Olive oil, for coating bowl
  • ½ Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted


  • In the large bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, yeast and ½ 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.


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
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