Homemade Bread

There is nothing more comforting than sitting down to bread warm from the oven. With fresh preserves spread on a slice it is like biting into paradise. I not only like warm bread from the oven but I enjoy having it with a bowl of stew or oatmeal. This particular recipe is one of my all time favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Homemade Bread


  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages regular active dry yeast
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or shortening
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted


  • In 1-quart saucepan, heat water and oil until very warm (120°F to 130°F)
  • In large bowl, mix 2 cups of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast
  • Add warm liquid to flour mixture; beat with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, scraping bowl frequently
  • With spoon, stir in 2 1/2 to 3 cups of the flour until dough pulls cleanly away from side of bowl
  • On floured work surface, knead in remaining 1/2 to 1 cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes
  • Grease large bowl with shortening or cooking spray
  • Place dough in bowl; cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80°F to 85°F) 45 to 60 minutes or until light and doubled in size.
  • Grease 2 (8×4- or 9×5-inch) loaf pans with shortening or cooking spray
  • Gently push fist into dough to deflate; divide in half
  • On lightly floured work surface, roll out each half of dough with rolling pin into 16×8-inch rectangle. Starting with one 8-inch side, roll up dough tightly, pressing with thumbs to seal after each turn. Fold ends under loaf; place seam side down in pan. Cover; let rise in warm place 30 to 35 minutes or until dough fills pans and tops of loaves are about 1 inch above pan edges.Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal; press each end with side of hand to seal
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Uncover dough; bake 40 to 50 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when lightly tapped
  • Immediately remove from pans; place on wire racks. Brush with melted butter
  • Cool completely, about 1 hour.


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