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Classic White Bread Recipe

This classic white bread recipe is real simple, yields one of the best loaf and absolutely beginner friendly. Even if you are novice baker you can bake this loaf with ease in no time. Vegan recipe with five basic ingredients that you probably have stocked in your pantry, less than 15 mins hands on time are you need. Let’s get started!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Raising Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: world
Servings: 2 8*4 loaves
Calories: 1198kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1 3/4 cup water divided
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast rapid rise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar plus another tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 4 cups plain flour add 3-4 tablespoons more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Kneading The Dough

  • Combine 1/2 cup water, 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in a mixing bowl. You can also use your stand mixer. Mix well and set aside for 2-3 minutes
  • Next add 4 cups flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons olive oil and remaining water and mix well.
  • Once all the ingredients have come together, knead the dough well for 8-12 minutes on a slightly floured surface. You can use your stand mixer with dough hook for kneading.
  • Add few tablespoons flour only if the dough is very sticky. Note that the amount of water depends on the quality of flour used, so you may need to use flour anywhere between 4-4.5 cups. Also note that the dough should be slightly sticky.
  • Place the kneaded dough in a slightly oiled large bowl and cover well. Let the dough raise for 60-70 minutes depending upon the weather. The dough should raise and double in its volume.

Shaping The Dough

  • Once the dough has raised two times in its volume, punch it back and knead slightly to remove any air bubbles.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts.
  • Grease and slightly dust two loaf tins (8*4)
  • Take one part of the dough and place on a slightly floured surface. Roll into rectangle of 8*12 inches.
  • Now roll the rectangle tightly and tuck the edges and pinch the seam.
  • Place the rolled dough into the prepared loaf tin with seam side facing down. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Do the same with the other part of the dough.

Baking Classic White Bread.

  • While the dough is raising, preheat your oven at 200 C or 390 F.
  • once the dough has raised in the pan well, place the tin in the hot oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  • The top changes into a uniform golden brown color and sounds hallow on tapping.
  • Let cool the bread in the pan for five minutes, remove fro the pan and cool in a wire rack completely before slicing. You can brush with oil or butter if required.


Serving: 28* 4 loaves | Calories: 1198kcal