A Simple Recipe For Homemade Bread

IMG_1141 (500x333) Today, I thought I would share with you a very simple recipe for homemade bread. I’ve been making bread since I was a teenager, and this is the recipe I’ve always used. I like trying all kinds of recipes for bread, but when I’m in the mood for simplicity, this is the one I go for.

I used to make 5 loaves of bread before I got married. That’s how many bread pans would fit in our oven at one time. Now I only bake 1 or 2, since there’s only my husband and I in the house and we aren’t big on sandwiches.

With a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup, it is absolutely divine. No need for dessert that day, because whenever I bake a loaf of bread, we always enjoy a warms slice with butter and jam. There is nothing more wonderful.

Ingredients:

1 cup warm water, (110-115 degrees)

2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons oil

3 -3 1/4 cups flour (unbleached all purpose flour or bread flour)

1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Turn it OFF.

Warm up the water until it’s a nice, bath water temperature. Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar. Mix it until the yeast and sugar dissolve. IMG_0932 (500x333) Set aside for about 5 minutes, until the yeast becomes foamy. IMG_0944 (500x333) Meanwhile, combine the flour and salt in the large bowl of a standing mixer. IMG_0928 (500x333) Pour in the liquid ingredients, adding in the oil too. IMG_0942 (500x333) IMG_0947 (500x333) Start on low speed and mix the dough with a dough hook attachment, until the it comes together.

Gradually increase the speed and knead the dough for 7-10 minutes. IMG_0950 (500x333) Coat the dough in a little bit of oil, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the warm but turned OFF oven. IMG_0955 (500x333) Let the dough rest for about 20  minutes. IMG_0968 (500x333) Knead the dough again, for about 3-5 minutes.

Coat it with oil again, place in the bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and return to the warm oven or wrapped in a heated blanket or any other warm place in your home. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size, anywhere from 40 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. IMG_1020 (500x333) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

When the dough has doubled, place the dough on the counter and shape it into a rectangle. IMG_1024 (500x333) Roll it up tightly, starting with the short side. IMG_1026 (500x330) IMG_1027 (500x333) Place it seam side down into a greased loaf pan. IMG_1030 (500x327) Spray the top of the bread with oil. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a towel and set aside until the dough doubles once again, 30 minutes to an hour. IMG_1098 (500x327) Bake in the preheated oven for 23-30  minutes. IMG_1138 (500x333) IMG_1153 (500x333)

A Simple Recipe For Homemade Bread
 
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Recipe type: Miscellaneous
Serves: 1 loaf of bread
Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water, (110-115 degrees)
  • 2¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 3 -3¼ cups flour (unbleached all purpose flour or bread flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Turn it OFF.
  2. Warm up the water until it's a nice, bath water temperature. Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar. Mix it until the yeast and sugar dissolve. Set aside for about 5 minutes, until the yeast becomes foamy.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the flour, and salt in the large bowl of a standing mixer.
  4. Pour in the liquid ingredients, adding in the oil too.
  5. Start on low speed and mix the dough with a dough hook attachment, until the it comes together. Gradually increase the speed and knead the dough for 7-10 minutes.
  6. Coat the dough in a little bit of oil, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the warm but turned OFF oven. Let the dough rest for about 20 minutes.
  7. Knead the dough again, for about 3-5 minutes. Coat it with oil again, place in the bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and return to the warm oven or wrapped in a heated blanket or any other warm place in your home. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size, anywhere from 40 minutes to 1½ hours.
  8. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  9. When the dough has doubled, place the dough on the counter and shape it into a rectangle.
  10. Roll it up tightly, starting with the short side.
  11. Place it seam side down into a greased loaf pan. Spray the top of the bread with oil. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a towel and set aside until the dough doubles once again, 30 minutes to an hour.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 23-30 minutes.

 
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  1. Valentin II says

    This bread recipe is totally magnificent!! The flavor and texture are ideal:) especially when fresh out of the oven with a little butter:) mmm mmm good!!

  2. lana says

    Beautiful bread. Nothing like homemade bread. Will have to try your recipe. What is the reason for rolling up the dough?

  3. says

    I want to try a new bread recipe. What is the difference would you say is between this recipe and American Sandwich bread? Does this one taste more Russian?

    • says

      I wouldn’t say one or the other tastes more “Russian”. The American Sandwich bread uses milk and butter instead of water and oil, so it has a similar texture to a sweet yeast bread, if you know what I mean, except it’s not sweet. It’s hard to explain.

  4. Natasha says

    Made this bread today and it came out great! So delicious! My 2 1/2 and 18 months old boys couldn’t stop eating it. There is still few little pieces left for my husband when he comes back from work :) Thank you so much for all of your amazing recipes. You are the best!

    • says

      Nope, not this bread. I have another recipe that I make with whole wheat flour. It’s a multigrain bread, and I love it too. You can try this bread with whole wheat flour, just substitute part of the all purpose flour for whole wheat, not the full amount, or the bread will be too dense and hard.

  5. Natasha says

    Hi Olga!!

    This bread is absolutely wonderful!! I’ve been trying to find a recipe for bread that is similar to the kind my aunt makes and I must say, this one might be better (shhhh :) )… It’s like perfectly fluffy but not too fluffy and soft and yummy! With everything! Honey, jam, butter, for sandwiches!!! WOW!!!! OK, you probably got the point– it’s sooooo goooood!!! My husband said, “I don’t think we’ll ever be buying bread anymore. This one is delicious!”

    Thank you soooo much!!!!

    • says

      Natasha,
      I’m so happy to hear that! Your comment just made me grin and feel bubbly. I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to write.

  6. Tanya says

    Bread is… AAAAMMAAAAZIIING!!! The most PERFECT bread!! Doubt I’ll be buying bread again! Paired with your soup with meatballs… Match made in heaven :)

    • says

      Thanks for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed the bread, Tanya. I think there is nothing more perfect than soup and homemade bread. Glad you liked it.

  7. Mariya Gavralova says

    What kind of flour do you use? I never made home made bread before for all of your other recipes I used Canadian flour. We also bought “bread flour” but I never used it. Which one would you recommend? Thank you

    • says

      Mariya,
      I’ve never used Canadian flour, so I’m not sure what it’s all about. I recommend unbleached all purpose flour. That’s the one I use for all my baking. Bread flour will work great for this recipe too.

      • Oksana says

        I use Canadian flour, basically its just flour made in Canada. My mom and some other people I know always prefer this flour when baking. One thing though, when using this flour you need to decrease how much you use. Like for this bread recipe, I needed only slightly less than 3 full cups of flour, otherwise the dough gets too tough. I haven’t bought other type of flour in a long time. This flour is usually sold at Winco and Cash & Carry.

        • says

          I’ve never seen Canadian flour sold here and we don’t have any of those stores in our area. As a blogger, I like to use ingredients that are accessible to most people. That’s not always possible, but I do my best. I’m glad it worked out for you.

  8. Oksana says

    I just made this bread yesterday night. It is not hard at all and tastes really, really, really good (get the point?). My husband also liked it alot. I am wondering though, when the dough is stretched into the rectangle, before rolling it up, if it would be ok to sprinkle cinnamon and sugar, so that it bakes into the bread. Safeway has this french toast bread, where you can see the cinnamon swirls on each slice. Do you think that will work with this bread? I might have to try it myself next time (very soon) when I bake this again.

    • Oksana says

      Ok, so I did it. Today I made the bread again, and this time I put in the cinnamon and sugar on it before I rolled it. Oh, and I added extra tablespoon of sugar to the recipe because my intention was to make it taste kind of like safeway french toast bread. It was the right idea, the bread turned out beautifully. My son especially liked this new version with the cinnamon. One thing though, I didn’t roll it too tightly, so there is a swirly gap in the bread when cutting it. But besides that, put a little honey on it, and you’ve got your dessert. Thanks Olga for posting your recipe, this is definately a keeper.

      p.s. you should put a disclaimer on your site: If anyone who cooks often from this website can’t fit into any of their regular clothing again, Olga’s not to blame, and will not be paying your new wardrobe. ;-)

      • says

        That’s great to know, Oksana. I’m glad your cinnamon bread turned out so well. I would have used a bread dough that is based on milk and butter instead of water, though.
        That disclaimer is a good idea, thanks! You made me smile!

    • says

      That’s awesome, Oksana. I’m glad my humble bread recipe is enjoyed by others. Homemade bread is so wonderful!
      I see you already tried making it with cinnamon with great success. Good job!

  9. Oksana says

    Ok, so I have to write another comment again. Since my first post, I’ve made this bread like 6 times now and will be making another one before the week is out (can’t make a double batch because I only have one bread pan). The house smells like a bakery several times a week.
    To anyone who was like me before, the idea of homemade bread seems impossible, or that you have to have a bread machine to make good bread, don’t give up. Seriously, every time I made this bread, turns out the same awesomeness(is that a real word?). Wow your friends and family.
    Olga, I can’t thank you enough, my husband and kids equally love this bread. Is there an easy recipe for whole wheat bread too? My husband wants to expand my cooking skills, lol.

    • says

      Wow. Good for you, Oksana. I’m glad to hear that you and your family are enjoying some homemade bread. You’ve inspired me to bake some bread tomorrow. Thank you so much for the kind words, Oksana!

      I’ll try to post some of my favorite whole wheat bread recipes sometime in the future.
      Do you like Russian Black Bread? It’s one of my favorites and I have the recipe here on the blog.

      • Oksana says

        Just looked up that recipe, and I made a list of ingredients to buy. So maybe I’ll tackle this recipe next week and surprise my husband. Thanks so much.

  10. Oksana says

    Hey Olga, I would like to double this bread recipe in the future. Do you know if this bread will come out perfect if I double all of the ingredients?

    • says

      Yes, the bread will be just fine. Just bake in in 2 bread pans. I mentioned in the post that I used to bake 5 loaves of bread at once when I still lived with my parents.

    • says

      Yep. You can freeze it. However, I don’t advise storing any kind of bread in the refrigerator. The bread will dry out and stale much more quickly in the refrigerator. I usually store bread at room temperature, with in a bag or wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.

  11. Oksana says

    So I went ahead and made both of your breads (Simple Homemade and American). My husband liked the bread with water and oil and I liked the bread with milk and butter. :) Thanks for the recipe :)

  12. Maryana says

    So delicious! So simple! Thank you Olga! May God bless you, your site, parenthood, everything! You’re wonderful!

    • says

      Thanks, Maryana.
      I just made some today and most of the loaf is gone already. We had half of it with Chicken Noodle Soup and the other half with butter and jam. Yum.

  13. Marina Degler says

    Hi Olga ,
    You are great in the kitchen ! You love to cook and it shows:)
    I love this bread. It is Rustic Italian,
    I made it many times and agree it is absolute delish. I do wander why it is need to be rolled?
    Can it be just be put in the form?
    I do like the idea of the sandwich slice, and before I just made a round loaf.

  14. Olga G. says

    I baked this bread last night and made a sandwich for my husband with it. He called to tell me how good it was. I didn’t put anything new or different than what I usually do. Secret ingredient is the yummy bread! Such a keeper for anyone who wants a great sandwich bread! Thanks Olga. :)

  15. Julia says

    Hello Olga,
    My name is Julia, I made this bread about 1/2 year ago. How can it be, 1 cup of water for 3 cups of flour? The mixture turned out very very dry and I had to add an extra 1/2-1 cup of water. The bread turned out delicious but 1 cup of water is too little. Am I missing something? Or did I misread the recipe?
    Thanks :)

    • says

      Hi Julia!
      Nope, you didn’t miss anything. The ingredient measurements are all correct. This is the recipe I use all the time and it always turns out great:). You can try adding 1/2 cup less flour, if you’d like.

  16. maria says

    I was thinking to make this bread recipe in a bread machine. Is there another specific way for the bread machine version?

    • says

      I usually only make the dough in the bread machine, in which case just put all the ingredients in the bread machine and let it do the work. Then bake as instructed. If you actually want to bake it in the bread machine, I can’t help you there. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions, Maria.

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