This easy Homemade Bread Recipe makes a perfectly soft, and tender, white sandwich bread with minimal effort. So easy the kids can help!
Prep Time25 minutesminutes
Cook Time30 minutesminutes
Additional Time1 hourhour30 minutesminutes
Total Time2 hourshours25 minutesminutes
2 ½ to 3cupsall-purpose flour
1envelope, .25 ounce or 2 ½ teaspoons fast acting dry yeast
In a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag, combine yeast, sugar, salt and 1 cup of flour. Seal bag and shake to combine.
In a small saucepan, heat the milk and oil over medium-high heat, until it reaches 110°F to 115°F degrees on a thermometer. It should NOT boil – you can touch the liquid at this point, but it should be warm to the touch. You do not want to kill the yeast with too hot of liquid.
Open the zip-top bag and pour the warmed milk and oil into the bag. Reseal the bag and use your hands to work the bag to combine the ingredients.
Add the flour, about ½ cup at a time, working the bag with your hands between each addition, until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bag.
Sprinkle a clean countertop generously with extra flour and remove the dough from the bag. Knead the dough on the counter for 5 minutes, with your hands. Add additional flour as you knead, just until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 12x7-inch rectangle. Beginning from one short end, roll the dough up tightly into a log.
Place the dough into a 9x5 inch loaf pan that has been greased with non-stick cooking spray. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Bake the bread at 375°F for 30 minutes or until done. Cool the bread for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove and cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
Yeast: This recipe uses fast acting dry yeast. (Other common names: RapidRise Yeast, Instant Yeast, Fast Acting Yeast) Your yeast will need to be fresh, because the recipe below does not call for proofing the yeast and will not rise properly if the yeast is old.Storage: Store bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 to 4 days.Freeze: Ensure bread is fully cooled and then wrap bread in saran wrap and then foil (or a ziploc freezer bag) before freezing. If you slice your bread before freezing it, you can easily pull out a slice or two, as desired.