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Simple White Bread Recipe

Close up of easy white bread that has been sliced.

Simple White Bread Recipe

This is a classic white bread recipe, and so simple! There is really nothing like the comfort of a piece of bread.

Whether you’re dipping grilled cheese in tomato soup, enjoying a peanut butter and jelly sammich or stacking a club sandwich–bread is sooo good!

Personally, I love spreading on some homemade hazelnut and enjoying it just like that.

If you’re a bread connoisseur, you’ll love this simple recipe.

Firstly, the great part is that you don’t have to be an expert baker to make this.

Secondly, my brother baked a few loaves and shared his recipe so I can share it with y’all!

Read on for the step-by-step recipe and you’ll be on your way to bread-y goodness in no time.

A man holds the dough to bake loaves of bread.

Things You Will Need:

*recipe yields 2 loaves (extra loaf shown is because my brother made a mini loaf for Mimi)

Dough in mixing bowl being covered with a clean cloth towel.

Step 1: Combine ingredients

Pour water into a large bowl and add yeast. Mix well and set for 5 minutes. Add flour, salt, and oil to bowl and mix until it becomes a dough.

Place dough onto a clean surface/board and knead for 8 minutes. Cover with a cloth and set for 3 minutes.

Step 2: Prepare dough

Sprinkle a pinch of flour to the top of the dough. Flip over and flatten to about 1″ thick.

Fold edge-to-edge to shape into a ball.

Place dough into bowl smooth side up. Sprinkle a pinch of flour over the dough. Cover with a cloth and set for 1 hour.

Flattening the dough.
Separated dough into balls, a hand sprinkles dough on each ball.
Cutting to desired size to fit loaf pans.

Step 3: Cut into Desired Size

Sprinkle a pinch of flour to the top of the dough. Flip onto the board and flatten to about 2″ thick.

Divide into desired pieces to fit your loaf pans.

The recipe produces two standard loaves.

Fold edge-to-edge to shape into two balls.

Sprinkle a pinch of flour over each ball, cover with a cloth and set for 15 minutes.

Step 4: grease pans

Melt butter in microwave. Brush melted butter onto loaf pans.

Dough being shaped into triangle shapes prior to shaping into loaves.
Frank shapes the loaf.
Hands pinch the loaf to seal the seam.
The loaf is lifted to show the seam that is sealed.
Loaves are shaped and almost ready.

Step 5: Form your loaves

Lightly cover the board with flour. Flip dough onto the board. Flatten to about 1″ thick.

Fold opposite dough edges onto itself while shaping into a tall triangle.

The bottom / shortest edge of the triangle should be as wide as the length of your loaf pan.

Flatten triangles and roll from the top tips towards the bottom. Pinch the seams closed. Lightly cover all of the roll in flour.

Unbaked loaves placed into pans.

Step 6: Let it Set & Preheat Oven

Place the rolls into buttered pans, cover with a cloth, and set for 1 hour.

Loaves being placed into the oven to bake.

Step 7: Place into the Oven

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Bread in pans being pulled out of the oven.
Close up of baked bread loaves.
Bread loaves being buttered with a brush.
Bread being cut into slices.

Step 8: brush with butter

Remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack. Brush butter onto tops of loaves to keep them moist.

Bread being buttered with a brush.
Yield: 20 serivings

Simple White Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

An incredibly easy white bread recipe. It has very basic ingredients and bakes into the perfect classic white bread. Ready to enjoy with your favourite meat, jam, jelly, hazelnut spread, and more! Don't forget avocado toast or grilled cheese!

Ingredients

  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp yeast, (8 gram packs)
  • 1/4 bar unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Then pour water into a large bowl and add yeast. Mix well and set for 5 minutes. Add flour, salt, and oil to bowl and mix until it becomes a dough.
  2. Place dough onto a clean surface/board and knead for 8 minutes. Cover with a cloth and set for 3 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle a pinch of flour to the top of the dough. Flip over and flatten to about 1" thick.
  4. Fold edge-to-edge to shape into a ball.
  5. Place dough into bowl smooth side up. Sprinkle a pinch of flour over the dough. Cover with a cloth and set for 1 hour.
  6. Sprinkle a pinch of flour to the top of the dough. Flip onto the board and flatten to about 2" thick.
  7. Divide into desired pieces to fit your loaf pans.
  8. Fold edge-to-edge to shape into two balls. Sprinkle a pinch of flour over each ball, cover with a cloth and set for 15 minutes.
  9. Melt butter in microwave. Brush melted butter onto loaf pans.
  10. Lightly cover the board with flour. Flip dough onto the board. Flatten to about 1" thick.
  11. Fold opposite dough edges onto itself while shaping into a tall triangle.
  12. The bottom / shortest edge of the triangle should be as wide as the length of your loaf pan.
  13. Flatten triangles and roll from the top tips towards the bottom. Pinch the seams closed. Lightly cover all of the roll in flour.
  14. Place the rolls into buttered pans, cover with a cloth, and set for 1 hour.
  15. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  16. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
  17. Remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack. Brush butter onto tops of loaves to keep them moist.

Notes

This bread is incredibly easy to make. Whether you are an intermediate or novice baker. It results in a delicious, chewy bread that is crispy on the outside. It will become a family favourite and a great skill to know too. Try some of our homemade hazelnut spread to pair it with. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Mimi eating a mini sandwich from the mini loaf that Frank baked her.
Close up of sliced bread on a cutting board with knife.
Nancy holds bacon avocado toast up to in her dining room.

Enjoy

Now that you have your bread, you can enjoy it in so many ways!

One of my favourite ways to eat it is topping it with avocado and turkey bacon.

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With self-isolation and quarantine happening right now, everyone is baking bread.

Believe me, no judgment!

In other words, there is plenty of time and what better time to try making bread than now?

Have you ever tried making a classic white bread recipe?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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3 Comments

  1. This is so well timed! So many people are looking to start baking now that supermarkets are running out of flour.

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