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Homemade white bread recipe

08/26/2012 - 20 comments

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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  • Reply Leighann 06/15/2014 at 4:10 pm

    I couldn’t get my bread to rise to save my life. I used all purpose flour, active dry yeast, and honey. the second time i added a pinch of ginger and used a tbsp of sugar because someone told me it would activate the yeast. Any suggestions?
    P.S. This might be pretty obvious but I’m pretty new to cooking. any suggestions will help!!!

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 06/15/2014 at 7:49 pm

      How old is your yeast? Also you need some warmth for it to rise too, doing it in a cool room can cause problems.

  • Reply kristin 02/10/2014 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for the recipe, totally trying this!

  • Reply Ashley 04/04/2013 at 2:14 pm

    What kid of yeast did you use for this recipe? Active dry or instant?

  • Reply Kase 01/09/2013 at 3:06 pm

    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!

  • Reply Online Gym 11/27/2012 at 6:18 pm

    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

  • Reply Courtney 10/12/2012 at 6:28 am

    This bread looks so soft! I’ve never made homemade bread – excited to try!

  • Reply Kasandria Reasoner 10/11/2012 at 8:38 am

    YUM!
    Kas

  • Reply Alison 09/14/2012 at 3:53 am

    The bread looks great Kim!!

  • Reply Karen of 3G2S 09/09/2012 at 8:16 pm

    It’s so hard to believe that making fresh bread is that easy. Maybe Santa will bring me a bread machine for Christmas this year! :D

  • Reply SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) 09/04/2012 at 10:00 am

    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.

  • Reply pam 08/30/2012 at 7:10 am

    I love my bread machine but usually use a box mix. I’ll try this recipe, thanks!!

  • Reply Henrietta 08/29/2012 at 10:53 am

    I love bread but haven’t been eating it as much. There’s nothing like homemade!

  • Reply Jenn @therebelchick 08/29/2012 at 8:57 am

    I had no idea it was that easy to make your own bread!! I don’t eat bread very often because I save my carbs for sweets but I have to try this!

  • Reply Robin @ Mom Foodie 08/28/2012 at 10:14 am

    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!

    • Reply Kim 08/28/2012 at 11:22 am

      I am going to try it GF one of these days. It just seems like so much more work.

  • Reply Dee @ Cocktails with Mom 08/27/2012 at 8:59 pm

    Oh that looks good! I’m such a bread eater.

  • Reply Nichol 08/27/2012 at 1:23 pm

    Beautiful looking bread Kim!!!

    • Reply Kim 08/27/2012 at 1:43 pm

      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.

      • Reply Henrietta 08/29/2012 at 10:54 am

        I use the white whole wheat flour all the time in recipes that call for white flour, it works well and adds a very nice flavor!