Best Homemade Bread Recipe

Best Homemade Bread Recipe

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Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

When it comes to homemade, I must admit bread is my absolute favorite! Not much tops a slice of warm, soft bread straight from the oven.  Topped with  butter and maybe some strawberry jelly you can’t go wrong!

Years ago, the task of making my own bread seemed quite daunting. After a few attempts I realized with a little planning ahead for rise times, the process is not as complicated as you might think.

It’s been great to have fresh bread on hand to enjoy with dinner or to have for sandwiches. I usually try to make two loaves about once a week.


  • 6 Cups Four
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Shortening
  • 2 Packages Regular or Quick Active Yeast
  • 2 1/4 Cups Very Warm Water (120-130°F)
  • Butter, melted

  1. Mix 3 1/2 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, shortening and yeast in a large bowl. Add warm water. Mix on low-speed for 1 minute using electric mixer. (I use Kitchen aid).  Stir in remaining flour 1 cup at a time, to make dough easy to handle.
  2. Knead dough on slightly floured surface for 10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic. Or you can use the hook attachment with the stand mixer if not kneading by hand.
  3. Form dough into a ball. Place in greased bowl and turn greased side of dough up. Cover and let rise in a warm place 40 to 60 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.  Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
  4. Grease bottoms and sides of  (2)   9x5x3  loaf pans.
  5. Punch down dough and divide in half.  Using a rolling pin flatten each half into 18 x 9 rectangle on a floured surface.
  6. Roll dough up tightly, beginning at 9 inch side, to form a loaf. Press with thumbs to seal after each turn. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Press each side with hand to seal and fold ends under loaf.
  7. Place sealed side down in ban. Brush loaves lightly with butter. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place 35 to 50 minutes.
  8. Move oven rack to low position so the tops of the pans will be in the center of oven. Heat oven to 425°F Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until loaves are a deep golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.
  9. Remove from pans to a wire rack. Brush with butter and allow to cool.  


What is your favorite thing to make from scratch?



  • Madalena Rowan

    March 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm Reply

    This bread looks like it turned out wonderful! I’m gluten free, but could easily switch out the flour, it won’t be as light & airy, but worth a try!

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:35 pm Reply

      Thank you! Yes, you will have to let me know how it turns out!

  • Christie Moeller

    March 2, 2018 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh I LOVE bread and this sounds amazing!

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm Reply

      Thank you! We sure enjoy it 🙂

  • Mary Yowell

    March 3, 2018 at 11:00 am Reply

    You gotta love a good homemade bread!

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm Reply

      Absolutely love fresh bread!

  • Kirsten

    March 3, 2018 at 3:11 pm Reply

    You are so right! Rise time makes bread seem super intimidating to make! That’s why I’ve always stuck to zucchini bread 🙂 this recipe looks delicious though– going to try it out this weekend!

  • Nikki

    March 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply

    You have absolutely nailed this, it looks incredible! I love bread so much and it’s so satisfying to make it! Nikki x

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm Reply

      Thank you! You are so right, it is quite satisfying to make your own bread 🙂

  • Laura

    March 3, 2018 at 10:09 pm Reply

    I have always been nervous to try to make my own bread but this looks amazing! May need to give it a try now!

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm Reply

      You can do it! I was nervous when I first started too, but it was pretty easy and I love fresh bread 🙂

  • Kirsten

    March 4, 2018 at 12:26 am Reply

    You are so right–the rise time makes baking bread seem so much more intimidating! This recipe looks delicious and just easy enough for me! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Hollyjo

    March 4, 2018 at 4:44 am Reply

    I absolutely love bread and cannot live without it! I will have to try this yummy recipe!

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm Reply

      Me too! I love good bread!

  • Natalia

    March 4, 2018 at 7:44 am Reply

    It’s difficult to buy good bread nowadays … I’d love to bake it on my own, so I’ll use your recipe with pleasure! 🙂

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm Reply

      Great! I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  • Mike Morgan

    March 4, 2018 at 9:23 am Reply

    I’ve always wanted to try home made bread but i’m always hesistant because I might mess up haha but these instructions look easy to follow so I might try this one!

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:28 pm Reply

      It really is quite easy! Hope you give it a try!

  • Lynne

    March 4, 2018 at 3:52 pm Reply

    Sounds like an awesome recipe! Reading about baking bread reminds me of cooking with my mom and I can smell the fresh bread! Thank you for sharing this simple and direct recipe!

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm Reply

      I love the smell of homemade bread! It is quite nostalgic!

  • Dee Jackson

    March 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm Reply

    I have never made bread before. This recipe looks like its not too hard to follow

    • happyhomeacre

      March 5, 2018 at 4:25 pm Reply

      It’s much easier than you think 🙂

  • Jocelyn

    March 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm Reply

    Interesting. I usually don’t use shortening. I will agree that nothing beats a warm, fluffy homemade bread!

  • Holly Lasha

    March 5, 2018 at 10:55 pm Reply

    Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!

  • Shubhada Bhide

    March 6, 2018 at 12:42 am Reply

    This homemade bread recipe looks interesting to try. I really love to make pastries and this catches my attention. Will surely give this recipe a try.

  • Indrani

    March 6, 2018 at 3:57 am Reply

    Wow thanks for this. Very simple and easy to make too.

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