Making homemade bread from scratch may seem like an antiquated practice, but it is well worth it. We promise that you won’t regret it. Not only does it produce delicious and fresh comfort food, but it can be a relaxing activity that bodes an incredible aroma in your home. Making bread can be a family activity or a soothing self-care practice. Here is an easy method to follow with some important tips to ensure you get a perfect slice of bread every time your soul needs it. Jesus is the bread of life, so no wonder it’s so delicious!

The good news is you only need SIX ingredients and you most likely have them all on hand already. You will need…


  • 2 cups warm water (105-110℉)
  • ½ cup sugar (or less, if desired)
  • 1 Tb. + 2 tsp, instant OR active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 5-6 cups all-purpose flour


  • 1

    Combine warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl. Whisk lightly. Stir in yeast, and let the mixture proof for about 5 minutes. It should be a creamy froth.
  • 2

    Put the salt and oil into the mixer with a dough hook attachment. Add in proofed yeast mixture and mix. Add 1 cup of flour at a time while keeping the mixer running on low. After adding 5 cups of flour, the dough should start pulling away from the sides. Continue adding in the rest of the flour a tablespoon at a time. Once the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl, it’s done.
  • 3

    Remove the dough and knead for 7 minutes. After kneading, place the dough in an oiled bowl. Cover with a damp towel and leave in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • 4

    After letting the dough rise, punch down the dough and knead it for an additional 1 minute. Divide in half, shape into loaves and place in greased 5x9 loaf pans. Let the loaves rise for about 30 minutes or until the dough is about 1 inch above the edge of the pans.
  • 5

    Bake at 350℉ for 30 to 40 minutes. After the loaves cool for 10 to 15 minutes, brush the tops with melted butter, slice and enjoy!


Health Tips:

  • You can substitute regular flour for whole grain flour.
  • Add in flax, nuts, dried fruit or other flour types (substitute at a 1:1 ratio) for extra nutrients and flavor!

Did You Know?

  • Store-bought bread hides a TON of sodium! Homemade bread is a simple way to take control of your sodium intake.
  • Bread is done cooking when the internal temperature reaches 190-200℉.

Yeast Tips:

  • Double-check the expiration date on your yeast packet.
  • Make sure your water is warm, about 105℉. If your water is too hot, it will kill the yeast.

Slicing Tips:

  • Use a very sharp serrated knife for slicing. Avoid pressing down on the top of the loaf, and use a sawing method for best results.

Prep Note:

  • Dough can last up to two weeks in the fridge. You can save time by making a double recipe!

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