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Basic White Bread Recipe


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/6 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3-4 Cups additional flour needed


  1. In a small bowl mix the 1/2 cup warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so.

  2. In a mixer or in another bowl, mix the boiling water, oil, sugar, and salt. Stir until it dissolves.

  3. Add in the cold water and mix and then add in the yeast mixture. (You want the mixture temp to be lukewarm before you add the yeast and that's why do you do this mixing step. Do not burn the yeast!)
  4. Add in 3 cups of flour and stir. Let this mixture rise for 30 minutes.
  5. Add in the rest of the flour. (3 to 4 cups are needed) It should form a nice, not sticky, dough. Let this rest for about 30 minutes.

  6. Form into loaves and stick in a loaf pan. This will make 2 loaves. Let these rise for about an hour in a warm covered place. Or at least until doubled in size. Then bake them at 350F for 35-40 minutes.

  7. Bake the loaves at 350F for 35-40 minutes.

  8. Remove the loaves from the oven and brush the tops with butter. Butter will help to keep the loaves soft and not crispy and crumbly. Store extra bread in the fridge or in the freezer. You can keep this bread on the counter but it will only last a few days.

Recipe Notes

Substitutions - You can make this bread recipe with all wheat flour or half wheat and half white.