One Loaf White Bread
Updated: Sep 7, 2022
I haven't been able to find wheat flour lately, so I can't make my go-to Multi-Grain Bread Recipe I usually make. Instead, I'm turning to this delightfully easy white bread recipe that makes just one loaf. If you're looking for a simple way to begin making your own bread at home, this is a great recipe to start with.
1/4 Cup Milk
1 1/2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Yeast
2 1/2 - 3 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1. In a small bowl, combine the water, milk, and butter and warm until the liquid is between 105 - 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. When the liquid is warm, pour into a large bowl and add the yeast and sugar, and stir. Let sit for five minutes until the yeast looks bubbly and foamy.
3. Mix in 2 cups of flour and the salt.
4. Continue mixing in a half cup of flour at a time. If you're using a stand mixer, you can stop adding flour when the dough cleans the sides of the bowl. If you're mixing by hand, the dough will begin to stay in ball instead of falling apart when you've added enough flour.
5. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. If you're using a stand mixer, check the dough at five minutes. I find my mixer doesn't knead this well since it's only one loaf of bread, but if you have a smaller stand mixer, you may be fine. If kneading by hand, dust the counter with flour, and dump the dough on top of it. Sprinkle flour on top and begin folding the dough over and pressing it down with the palms of your hands. Add flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. You'll feel the dough become firmer as you knead. When it's ready to rise, the dough will be sticky, but it won't stick to your fingers. You can also use the window test - Pull at the dough slowly, if it stretches to a thin membrane you can kind of see through, then you're done kneading. If it tears, it needs more kneading.
6. Lightly oil the bowl you used to mix your dough and place the dough back into it. Cover it with pla