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 warm water
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2.5 - 3.5 cups flour (start with 2.5 cups and add more as needed)
1 teaspoon salt
In the bowl of your stand mixer or bread machine, 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 1.5 hours. Shape into a smooth log and place in a greased bread pan. Let rise again, about 20 minutes. 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?!
Looking for a whole wheat bread recipe instead? This one is my favorite:
|100% Whole Wheat Bread|