Homemade white bread recipe

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Who doesn’t love the yummy softness of Wonder Bread? Old-fashioned bread that brings us back to our childhood.

White.

Fluffy.

Wholesome.

Wait, what? Wholesome?

Have you ever looked at the ingredients of Wonder Bread? I count around 29 different ingredients. Do you have any clue what most of them are? Take a look at this: Wonder Bread Ingredients Explained for more information on exactly what is in Wonder Bread.

Now, we all know that 100% whole wheat is the best option for a healthy diet, assuming you are eating bread to begin with. 100% whole wheat is unaltered, where white wheat has the outer, darker bran layer removed. This also removes the fiber, which is why most breads use “enriched” flour. They remove the bran layer and replace it with an artificial fiber.

But let’s be real here. Sometimes you just want white bread. And while they do have to mill the grain to make white bread flour, you can make your own white bread that is considerably better for you. It tastes great and has no artificial anything in it, and has only 7 ingredients. That’s a lot less than 29. A whole lot less.

Look at how beautiful this is:

Homemade White Bread

It’s really not that difficult to make either.

You do need a little bit of time – time for the dough to rise, but there is little effort involved, especially if you have a bread machine or mixer. Below is my homemade white bread recipe.

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Homemade white bread recipe
 
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Easy to make, homemade white bread recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water (sometimes I need more or less)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (other oils will work, but olive oil is a healthier choice)
  • 1 egg
  • 3½ cups bread flour (I use organic flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • ½ cup raw honey (you can use sugar here if you don’t have honey but honey is a better option)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in mixer with dough blade until dough forms. It should be dry enough to not be sticky but wet enough to not crumble.
  2. Lift dough out of bowl, spray with olive oil (I spray the bowl) and place dough back in bowl covered with towel, allow to rise for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Knead with dough blade (will deflate).
  4. Remove from bowl, place dough on flowered surface and knead by hand a few times.
  5. Divide in half.
  6. Roll into 2 loaf shapes and place in loaf pans (mist pan with olive oil first).
  7. Cover and allow to rise (depends upon temp in room, but usually around 60 minutes – it should be slightly over the top edge of the pan, do not allow to over-rise).
  8. Bake at 350 for around 20-30 minutes or until golden brown on top. At around the 15 minute mark, I mist the top of the loaf with olive oil and continue cooking until done.
Notes
If you prefer you can use a bread machine to mix and raise the dough, and even bake the bread (verify capacity and order of ingredients with your specific machine), but personally I prefer a traditional loaf pan in the oven for baking the bread. It gives a better shape and really is very easy to do.

 

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Comments

  1. Kase says

    OMG!! This is the best homemade bread I have ever made! I used my bread machine to make the dough, but I baked in the oven!! This recipe is a KEEPER!

  2. says

    I haven’t had Wonder bread since i was a kid. So bad for you. But it did taste good.Your Whole wheat recipe looks awesome. Much healthier. Does look soft

  3. says

    Your bread came out beautiful! I love bread, but I have cut down on it almost completely since I started my weight loss this year. I have it maybe once every two weeks and always homemade. I’ll have to try your recipe, since mine doesn’t have egg or honey/sugar in it.

  4. says

    I have been baking a ton from scratch since putting my daughter on gluten-free diet. I haven’t made loaves (although at the price of frozen gf loaves I should), but the foccaccia dough I have been making is good & makes great regular pizza too.

    I long to bake with wheat again though. No bones about it, GF baking is a PITA!

    • says

      Thank you! I want to try and make it 100% whole wheat. I bought a “white whole wheat” flour and am going to try it with that next time. I also want to try gluten-free too.

      I make buns from this recipe too, instructions to come in a few days.

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