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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Best Ever Homemade Bread

A few years ago I went on a quest to find the very best homemade bread recipe. Here were my criteria for the perfect loaf of white bread:

- Super soft texture
- Slices well/doesn't crumble
- No expensive ingredients (no honey, gluten, butter, eggs, milk)
- Easy to make

I wasn't sure if it was possible, but after dozens of failed recipes and many loaves of so-so bread, I found it! THE VERY BEST homemade bread! And after using the same recipe for over a year, I am convinced. 


It meets every single requirement. This bread is so tender it melts in your mouth. It doesn't fall apart when sliced and whoa, baby... it makes the most amazing toast. Plus it uses the very most basic ingredients, so it's cheap to make. When we power through a loaf in five seconds flat, I don't feel bad.

The Best Homemade Bread
Makes 1 loaf. Recipe can be doubled

1 cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 + cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the water, sugar and yeast and let sit for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until a nice ball forms. The dough should feel elastic, but not dry. Add more flour if dough is sticky.

Let dough rise in a warm place until double, about 1 hour. Shape into a smooth log and place in a greased bread pan. Let rise again. I usually let it go until it looks the right size for a loaf of bread. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, until bread is dark golden and sounds hollow when tapped.


Doesn't that picture make you hungry?!

If you want an amazing, easy strawberry jam recipe to go with your bread, check THIS ONE out.

28 comments:

  1. How exciting! I can't wait to try this! One question: Do you use all purpose or self rising flour?

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  2. Can you use this recipe in a bread machine?

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    1. I mix mine in a bread machine, then take it out and bake it in the oven. I don't like the way my bread machine bakes bread, but you CAN bake it in the bread machine.

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  3. Hi,can you use all whole wheat flour or a mixture of half wheat and AP flour?

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    1. You can try adding part whole wheat flour, but it really changes the texture. Wheat flour is much more dense. I wouldn't even try doing all whole wheat.

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    2. Ok,thanks.I tried once before to make a loaf of whole wheat bread and it didn't rise much but it did taste good.

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  4. Do you need to knead the bread at any time? I am excited to make the bread! Thanks

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    1. My bread machine kneads the dough for me. If you use the dough hook on a Kitchenaid or stand mixer, that's pretty much the same thing.

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  5. These are the exact measurements my father taught me (he was a construction worker during the 50's who liked to bake every Saturday!). He had another recipe (with egg, which really isn't too expensive but some people like to avoid for various reasons) that he used for dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls. Oh, wow -- now I want to go make both kinds this afternoon. Arthritis has made it difficult for me to knead and I just got a food processor that is supposed to do the job. I hope it does. I don't think the cheaper bread machines do a good job of kneading and like you, I don't like how they bake.

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    1. That's so neat, Lindi! I use another recipe for rolls and cinnamon rolls too. It has egg, butter and milk in it and makes for a much richer dough which is perfect for rolls.

      I hope your new food processor works well. There's something so satisfying about making homemade bread, isn't there?!

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    2. I can't wait to try this recipe. Would you please share your recipe for the dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls?

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  6. No stand mixer or bread machine, can I just mix and knead by hand?

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  7. I'm a rookie! Can you add kneading instructions?

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    1. No prob! Way to try something new!

      This is a great YouTube video that shows you how to knead:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySOj0fFWo1U

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  8. What kind of yeast do you use?

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    1. I use Saf yeast that comes in a hard brick. Here's a link so you can see what it looks like:

      http://www.webstaurantstore.com/lesaffre-saf-instant-red-dry-yeast-1-lb-vacuum-pack-20-case/10415909.html?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=GoogleShopping&gclid=COLDzKqbiM8CFRBrfgod0BwEAg

      I buy it at Winco.

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  9. Do you know how to alter/tweak this recipe for high altitude? I live in Denver and have had to alter bread recipes before. Thanks!

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    1. I'm at 4700 feet and this recipe works well for me. Denver is at 5100-5700 feet, so I don't know if it's too much different. It should work for you!

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    1. I've used both. There is really such a small difference between the two, in my opinion, that I use them interchangeably.

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  11. I just made this bread for the first time. I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil and dusted with coconut flour. This is the most heavenly bread ever. I've found my new go to bread recipe.

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! I'll have to try making it with coconut oil some time. It sounds like it would be delicious that way!

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  12. Can you substitute the veg oil for coconut oil? Thanks, I am so excited to try this! Looks delicious

    #poppingmybreadcherry

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    1. I wish I could tell you, but I've never baked with coconut oil, so I have no idea!

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  13. I use olive oil with most of my cooking. Can you use it for making this bread recipe? Thanks.

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    1. I think it would work and I bet it would taste delicious!

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