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Single Loaf Homemade Bread

  • Author: hungrygirlinqueens
  • Prep Time: 2.5 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 3.5 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Baking


This recipe is for a fresh and soft homemade white bread loaf which can be used to make sandwiches or toasted with some delicious butter. 


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp active-dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour


  1. Place warm water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl or measuring cup and leave for 5-10 minutes in order to allow the yeast to activate. 
  2. Add 1 cup of flour and salt to a large bowl attached to a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.
  3. On low speed mix flour and salt and add yeast mixture, milk and butter until a wet mixture combined mixture formed. 
  4. Add the rest of the flour slowly until it is completely incorporated but slightly shaggy looking.
  5. Knead the dough for another 8-10 minutes on low speed with dough hook. 
  6. Place dough on a clean surface and knead by hands a few more times to ensure the dough is not too sticky and the gluten is active and stretchy. 
  7. Lather dough bowl with a little oil as well and place the dough bowl into the large mixing bowl. 
  8. Cover the bowl with Saran Wrap and leave in a warm space for 1-1 1/2 hours or until dough has double. 
  9. Pour dough onto a clean surface and roll out so it is flat. 
  10. Tightly wrap and roll the dough into a log shape and tuck the ends in so it looks smooth when baked.
  11. Place the dough into a buttered loaf pan.
  12. Leave the dough in the loaf pan covered with a clean kitchen towel for 30-40 minutes.
  13. Brush the top with butter and bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. 
  14. Remove the loaf from the oven and wait until completely cool to cut and serve.