The best white bread

Best white bread

The best white bread

When it comes to homemade goodies, nothing beats freshly baked bread. From the bubbly yeast at the beginning to the slow rising dough and then the final product of warm soft bread, it’s perfection. The different varieties of bread mean there is something for everyone. I personally can’t get enough white bread. There are numerous white bread recipes out there, and I have tried my fair share of them, but this one is the best white bread recipe that I have found. The dough is easy to work with, has a pleasant aroma while baking and creates a nice soft loaf, similar to those you find in the store.

This recipe I got from a bread baking group on Facebook and have slightly modified over time.

Start by gathering and measuring out all of your ingredients. This will ensure that nothing is missed and that you are adding the correct amount of each ingredient as you go.

In a mixing bowl, place the water, yeast, and sugar. Stir slightly and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. The mixture should turn foamy.

Foamy yeast mixture.

Add in oil/butter and salt. Stir to combine. I have made this bread with butter, coconut oil, and canola oil. While they all produce soft bread, I find that canola or coconut oil is best if you want a really soft loaf.

Now add in 3 1/4 cups of flour in the bowl and mix until well combined. I use speed 2 on my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook for this step. Be sure to stop the mixer midway through and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. If your dough is still fairly sticky, then add in an additional 1/4 cup of flour. Continue to use speed 2, or mix by hand, until the dough forms a ball and is slightly elastic.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place on a lightly floured surface. Cover the dough and let sit for about 5 minutes.

Knead the dough for a few minutes. This ensures that the dough comes together nicely and helps to create a nice soft bread. Skipping this step will mean a tougher bread.

Shape the dough into a loaf and place in a greased 9×4 loaf pan. The loaf can be shaped in a number of ways and baked on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet as well. If you are doing a free-form loaf, then cut a few slits at the top of the loaf. I find that there is almost too much dough when using a loaf pan. So, I now divide my dough and createtwo  medium loaves instead of one overly large loaf. Another alternative is to make a free-form loaf on a cookie sheet.

 

Allow to rise for about 20 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size. If your house is cool, you can place the dough in the oven with the light on to help it rise. Once the dough is has risen, preheat oven to 375 degrees

Bake for 20-30 minutes. The bread should turn a golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Once it has had a chance to cool, remove the bread from the pan and place on a baking rack.

Ingredients

  • 5 teaspoons of dry active yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup of oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 -3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Place the water, yeast, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir slightly and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. The mixture should turn foamy.
  2. Add in oil/butter and salt. Mix until combined.
  3. Add 3 1/4 cups of flour in the bowl and mix until well combined. I use speed 2 on my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook for this step. Be sure to stop the mixer midway through and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. If your dough is still fairly sticky, then add in an additional 1/4 cup of flour. Continue to use speed 2, or mix by hand, until the dough forms a ball and is slightly elastic.
  4. Remove the dough from the mixer and place on a lightly floured counter. Cover the dough and let rest for about 5 minutes.
  5. Knead the dough for a few minutes. This ensures the dough comes together nicely and helps to create a nice soft bread.
  6. Shape the dough into a loaf and place in a greased 9×4 loaf pan. The loaf can be shaped in a number of ways and baked on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet as well. If you are doing a free-form loaf, then cut a few slits at the top of the loaf. Allow to rise for about 20 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size. If your house is cool, you can place the dough in the oven with the light on to help it rise.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes. The bread should turn a nice golden brown. Allow the bread to cool for several minutes before removing from the pan. Place on a cooling rack.
  9. Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

20 Comments

    1. Author

      I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Author

      This one is pretty simple and fairly quick as far as bread goes. I hope you find the time to try it.

    1. Author

      It really is, and that’s why it’s my favorite bread to make.

  1. My husband likes to make bread from scratch sometimes, but I never seem to get around to it. This looks so good, though, that I think I’ll have to try!

    1. Author

      That’s great that your husband makes bread. Definitely give this one a try if you can, it’s so good.

  2. I really should make my own bread more, I think I’m going to try this t the weekend! Thanks for sharing

    1. Author

      I hope you find time to make it this weekend and enjoy it.

    1. Author

      Haha, if only the internet had smell-o-vision! IT really is my favorite bread to make.

  3. I love making bread, I find it so theraputic, especially when I have some built up tension!

    1. Author

      Oh my goodness yes! Kneading is great for when you are feeling stressed and then you get bread on top of that!

  4. I love making homemade bread! It makes the house smell so good and tastes wonderful right out of the oven. This looks like a great recipe to try!

    1. Author

      Agree, I love how the smell permeates the house and then cutting into that fresh, still slightly warm loaf is the best. It really is a great recipe.

  5. Wow this looks incredible and a lot easier than i imagined! Hopefully I will have the time to make it soon

    1. Author

      Honestly, some recipes overcomplicate bread, but this one is simple and easy. I hope you can make it because it’s so darn good!

  6. That is a beautiful loaf of bread! I should give your recipe a try.

    1. Author

      Yes, definitely give it a try.

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