A delicious loaf of white bread is a treat for my family. We usually eat whole wheat bread around these parts using this favorite recipe but sometimes when I’m feeling extra nice I’ll surprise my kids with some white bread that I’ve made. With bare shelves at grocery stores and not wanting to leave my house other than once every two weeks or so, I’ve been grateful to pull this recipe out and make some bread with the six easy ingredients I have on hand. It seems like I’ve been letting the little things go more these days (rationing my whole wheat flour is one of them) and my kids are not complaining about the increase of white sandwich bread in our house.
We are going on week three here of having kids at home full-time and I try to dedicate one day a week to work on a baking skill with them. This past week it was this delicious white bread. It’s a fairly basic yeast-dough recipe and the results are awesome. My kids love to pick a filling and swirl it into their bread. We had cinnamon swirl bread and “pizza” bread…both delicious. I love seeing their creativity and excitement at getting to create something that’s all theirs.
This recipe makes one delicious loaf of white bread, though it can easily be doubled or tripled (I actually multiplied it by four so each of my kids could make a loaf). It slices well and is the perfect bread for a sandwich or to snack on. We use our leftovers for french toast on lazy mornings…which seems to be every morning these days. So check your pantry and give it a go!
Yield: One loaf of white bread
Time: 20 minutes mix, 2-3 hours rise, 35 minute bake
- 1 ⅓ cups warm water
- ¾ Tablespoon instant yeast
- 2 ½ Tablespoons white sugar
- 2 ½ Tablespoons oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 3 ½-4 cups bread flour (or all purpose flour)
- Mix together the water, instant yeast, sugar, oil and salt. Add one cup of the bread flour. Mix together with a wooden spoon (or using a mixer). It should look like a thick batter. Let rest for 10 minutes until the mixture is bubbly.
- After ten minutes, add the rest of the flour a cup at a time. Check your dough to see if you need more flour. The dough should still be a little sticky but should roll into a ball if you roll it on your fingers. Knead for 5 minutes in a mixer or 10 minutes by hand.
- Lightly oil a bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel, set in a warm place and let it rise for 1-2 hours, until doubled in size.
- Turn the dough out onto the counter and shape into a rectangle. You will be rolling the dough into a cylinder shape. Starting at the edge closest to you, roll up the dough. Take care to press in the dough at the seam after each roll and pinch the seam closed at the end. Check out the photos below for a visual.
- Transfer the dough, seam side-down to a bread pan. I like using an 8.5 by 4.5 bread pan but this loaf will fit a 9 by 5 bread pan too.
- Allow the dough to rise about 45 minutes to an hour, covered and in a warm place. The dough should just rise a little bit over the top of the bread pan (it will rise more in the oven).
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake the bread for about 35 minutes. Top with melted butter if desired. Let cool if you can and enjoy!
Recipe Notes: If you don’t have bread flour, try mixing 1 Tablespoon of vital wheat gluten in with your all purpose flour (or just use all-purpose flour). You can substitute milk for a “richer” bread, though I don’t think it’s necessary.
Swirl Breads: If you want to add a swirl to your bread, simply pick a small amount of ingredients, layer it on (like you would a pizza) and roll up tightly, making sure to pinch the seam closed on top. Bake as directed. A few ideas from my kids:
- Cinnamon Swirl: 2 Tablespoons white sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- “Pizza”: 10 chopped up pepperoni, 2 Tablespoons red sauce, ¼-½ cup shredded cheese
- Cheese bread: ½ cup your favorite cheese sprinkled over the bread
Please share this recipe if you enjoyed it! Post a photo and tag me @amybakesbread so I can see your bake 🙂