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Homemade White Bread

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Homemade White Bread
Homemade white bread

A few weeks ago, I posted a tutorial on making homemade jam. That jam was incredible. But what elevated that jam to PHENOMENAL was what it was spread on. And that my friends, would be warm, squishy, fluffy, chewy, yummy white bread. Homemade white bread.

It was my mom’s brilliant idea that we should bake the bread while making the jam, so that we could fully enjoy both to the highest degree. She is a genius when it comes to these types of things.

We started the bread early on a warm day, and I left it on the windowsill to rise (I am a freak, so I made 4 batches of the bread at once) while we made jam. I let it rise longer than 1 hour, and it was nice and warm that day- both of which may have contributed to its extra fluffy-puffy texture.

Homemade white bread

For some reason, I couldn’t find my old white bread recipe anywhere. (If you knew me and my massive disorganization issues, this would not surprise you in the least.) So I got on-line, and found this recipe for “Amish White Bread Recipe” over and over on multiple sites. I decided to give it a go, and it did not disappoint!

I brushed the bread generously with melted butter before and after baking, which didn’t hurt anything ☺

It is a wonderful, barely sweet white bread recipe that is perfect for amazing sandwiches (PBJ’s are my preference) or simply slathered with butter and jam. And while this bread keeps soft and supple for a few days in a Ziploc, by the third day, it is probably best toasted. However, I am serious in saying that I highly doubt the bread will make it that long! This is a time sequence of me eating a fresh slice with butter and jam. What you can’t see is that this was shot in about 30 seconds. Oink, oink.

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Homemade White Bread, adapted from “Amish White Bread Recipe,” makes 2 loaves
-2 cups HOT water
-2/3 cup sugar
-2 envelopes dry yeast
-1 ½ tsp salt
-¼ cup vegetable oil
-6 cups bread flour
-2 Tbs butter

1) First, rinse your mixing bowl out with some hot water. Then dry and place back on your mixer.

2) Next, run the tap water until it is very hot, like 115-120 degrees.

3) While the water is heating, place the sugar in the bowl of the standing mixer.

Homemade white bread

4) Add the very hot water to the sugar, and stir to combine.

5) Making sure with the thermometer that the water is between 105-110, add the yeast and walk away for a few minutes.

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6) The yeast should get about 5-10 minutes to get nice and puffy.

Homemade white bread

7) Add the salt and the oil

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8) Add the bread flour one cup at a time to a mixer fitted with a dough hook.

9) Mix until you have a thick smooth dough, this should take about 3 minutes.

Homemade white bread

10) Oil a large bowl, and transfer the dough to the bowl. Cover with a dishtowel and set somewhere warm and draft-free.

11) Let the dough rise at least one hour, until the dough is very soft and puffy.

Homemade white bread

12) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two loaf pans with cooking spray.

13) Split the dough in half, and place each ball of dough into the greased loaf pans.

Homemade white bread

Homemade white bread

Homemade white bread

14) Let the bread rise (with a dish towel over them) another 15-30 minutes until puffed up again.

15) Melt the butter.

Homemade white bread

16) Brush half of the butter over the tops of the two dough loafs before baking.

Homemade white bread

17) Bake the bread about 50 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the bread is golden on top and just baked through.

Homemade white bread

18) Brush the tops of the bread loafs with the rest of the melted butter.

Homemade white bread

19) Let the bread cool until you can turn the loafs out onto a cooling rack.

Homemade white bread

Homemade white bread

20) Slice and enjoy!

Homemade white bread

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31 Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    That progression of every single bite of your beautiful bread being eaten is so cool! I adore you. :)

  2. marla says:

    My kids would go crazy for this puffy whet bread.

  3. marla says:

    That was supposed to read “white” bread ;)

  4. This is a breathtaking loaf of bread! I am daydreaming about a PB&J sammie now.

  5. Esi says:

    i loooove the pics of bread consumption. I felt like making bread this weekend but did not quite get around to doing it. Maybe next weekend :)

  6. Katrina says:

    Mmm this bread sounds lovely. I like the photos of the slice disappearing!

  7. Maria says:

    The bread looks perfect! You can’t beat homemade!

  8. jenjenk says:

    I’m a freak about white bread!!! love, love, love!! I need to give this one a try!!

    • oh good! this will be a nice recipe for you- super easy, and other than the rising time, it takes very little time!

  9. Wow Heather. If I could get gratification from licking my screen, I would. I swear I can smell it. Amazing. Now I’m off to go bake some. Thanks for sharing!!! delish!

  10. Soupista says:

    Love the 30 second slice-be-gone … that is hilarious! My Mom used to make homemade bread when we were young … she would wake my sister and I up late at night to go punch down the bread when it was ready after rising – we LOVED doing that! She had to stop making homemade bread she said because it was so good, she would eat too much of it. :)
    Growing up, we always had 500-Multi-Grain, super-healthy bread and my Mom never bought white bread, so that airy, white bread was one of the very first food items in my grocery cart when I moved out into my first apartment. I couldn’t wait to have a PBJ sammie on white bread …and it may have even been Wonder bread! My Mom would shudder. haha! :)

  11. This looks just wonderful. I love the smell of bread baking in the oven, there’s nothing like it.

  12. Beth says:

    I’ve been promising my husband home-baked bread for eleven years. Must do this. Yum!

    • Beth- this is seriously the easiest bread recipe ever!!

  13. pete says:

    this was really, really amazing

  14. Vicki B says:

    Beautiful bread, Heather! Now if you could figure out how to make Whole Foods multigrain organic, I’d be forever grateful!!!

  15. Katie says:

    Just wondering…did you let the dough rise a 2nd time after putting it in the loaf pans? It looks a lot more puffed up between those 2 photos… Thanks :)

    • Katie yes. it wasn’t part of the recipe, but a time mismanagement on my part so I didn’t include that part originally! I just added it to the directions though :)

  16. Diane Bannick says:

    Obviously you let the loaves do a second rise but never mentioned it!

    • Diane- in step 14 it says to let the dough rise again:

      14) Let the bread rise (with a dish towel over them) another 15-30 minutes until puffed up again.

  17. Lindsey says:

    This recipe of bread is rising as I type this! I sure hope this works because every other recipe I have tried I have failed at.

  18. Jean says:

    This recipe is a keeper! Thank you for posting it. Your instructions were easy to follow and the bread is delicious and chewy!

    • So glad it worked well Jean!!

    • Lad simm says:

      Yummy!!!
      I have another recipe for amish bread but it calls for eggs. This is wonderful. One loaf is in freezer for later consumption

    • Lad simm says:

      Yummy!!!
      I have another recipe for amish bread but it calls for eggs. This is wonderful. One loaf is in freezer for later consumption

  19. charlotte says:

    How many tbsp. of yeast do 2 packets equal? I bake very often so I keep a big package of yeast in my fridge at all times.

    • it should be about 5 teaspoons yeast. Thanks Charlotte!

  20. Christina Amos says:

    I’m new to bread making., and this is the best and easiest recipe ive made so far. Thanks!!!

    • Awesome Christina!! so glad that you like it!