soft white bread

This Homemade Soft White Bread is an easy to make recipe that makes a super soft and delicious loaf of bread! Tender and full of flavor, watch it disappear as quickly as you slice into it! This is far better than any store-bought loaf of bread out there!

Soft White Bread

Whether you are making sandwiches, toast, or just want to have a slice of buttered bread to go with your meal, this recipe for homemade bread is one of the easiest and most cost-effective recipes to make. It is perfect for sopping up the juices from your favorite crockpot venison stew recipe!

Growing up with homemade bread 

My mom loved to make yeast breads. Actually, she still does. I remember her making big batches of bread and freezing loaves of it. I’m assuming it was to make her life easier as we were a family of 5 who went through a lot of bread.

I am a big lover of homemade bread. As a matter of fact, I am not someone who wants to eat bread you buy in the store. It is full of ingredients that keep it “fresh” longer. I am not convinced those ingredients are good for you. 

Soft white bread

What you need to make this recipe

Bread Loaf Pans: you will need 2 pans.

Flour: All-purpose flour or bread flour will work. While they are different structures, I have made this recipe with both types, however I do prefer bread flour.

Milk: I use almond milk because it has a longer shelf life. Any milk will work. If you use evaporated milk, you can extend the volume by using half milk/half water.

Yeast: Dry active yeast works, as well as instant. I like to buy bulk yeast and store it in my freezer.

Sugar

Butter

Salt

Soft white bread

Bread making tips for a successful recipe

  • Warm the milk until hot (not boiling but steamy)with the butter. Turn the heat off and allow the butter to finish melting.
  • The Kitchenaid does all the work and I absolutely love it but if you don’t own one, you can still mix by hand. I also like to wash my Kitchenaid bowl out and then put a little oil in the bottom to coat the pan. I then will put the dough back in the mixer bowl to do it’s first rise.
  • Add the flour to the batter 1 cup at a time. Work the flour in after each addition. By the end, the bread dough should no longer be sticking to your hands or the counter.
  • Make sure you knead the dough well. A well-kneaded loaf is developing the gluten in the homemade bread and will result in a great crumb.
  • Cover the dough with a towel or plastic wrap to trap the heat and help the dough to rise.
  • Tap the baked loaves when you think they look like they are done. They should look golden brown and have a hollow tap.
  • Brush butter over top of the loaf of bread when it is removed from the oven. This will keep the top soft.
dough rising

HOW TO PROOF BREAD

An issue I would always have in our old rental was I had a hard time finding a warm, draft-free place to put my bread while rising. One of the things I love about our new home? The floors are SO warm which makes them a great place to sit my bread to rise!

If you have an oven with a proof setting, that is the best place to do so.

A warm day will make it easier. If you are making bread in chillier weather, you want it to be set in a warm spot. I have been known to place the dough in my laundry room on top of the dryer!

You can also set your oven to 170 and allow it to warm up. Turn the oven off and let the dough rise in the oven.

Make this recipe your own

  • Use half white and half whole wheat flour
  • Substitute brown sugar, honey or maple syrup for the sugar
  • Use any type of milk. Cow, goat, or plant-based. All work well.
  • Substitute warm water in place of milk.
Soft White Bread

What to serve with this recipe

Soups and Stews are some of the best recipes to pair bread with. Below are some of our favorite recipes to serve homemade bread with.

Crockpot Venison Stew

Venison Stroganoff

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

French Onion Soup

Recipes to make with homemade bread 

Caramelized Cinnamon Toast

Grilled Ham and Blue Cheese Sandwiches

Open-Faced Elvis Sandwich

Turkey Hot Brown Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon, Jalapeno, and Rhubarb Sauce

Soft Homemade White Bread

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soft white bread
Yield: 2 loaves

Homemade Soft White Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Proofing Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes

Homemade Soft White Bread is an easy recipe that makes a super soft and delicious loaf of bread! Tender and full of flavor, watch it disappear as quickly as you slice into it! This is far better than any store bought loaf of bread out there!

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups white bread flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast or 2 packets

Instructions

  1. In Kitchenaid stand mixer or in a large bowl, add ingredients as follows: Warm milk, melted butter, sugar, salt, and 1 cups of the flour. 
  2. Make a small well in the flour and pour the yeast into the well.
  3. Add the dough hook attachment (if using the mixer) and turn the mixer on slowly. Let turn until dough begins to form at low speed. Or, work by hand until dough forms.
  4. Stop the mixer as needed to put flour down the sides of the bowl to allow to incorporate. Continue to add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time.
  5. Once the dough has formed, turn mixer (if using) onto a slightly higher speed and "knead" the dough, approximately 7 minutes. Add more flour by the tablespoon.  If kneading by hand, work the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  6. The dough should still be very soft but not wet. (I used all 5 cups of flour)
  7. Turn the dough out onto the lightly floured board. Knead a few more times. Place in a lightly oiled bowl (I use my Kitchenaid bowl - I just wash it first) and cover with wrap. 
  8. Set in a warm, draft-free spot and let rise until doubled in size. About 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  9. Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape into 2 loaves and place in a bread pan sprayed with cooking spray. Sit in a warm, dry place and cover with a towel until the dough has risen to the top of the bread pan (or slightly over). About 1 hour. 
  10. Bake the bread in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately rub the top of loaves with butter if desired.

Notes

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
Bread Loaf Pans: you will need 2 pans.

Flour: All-purpose flour or bread flour will work. While they are different structures, I have made this recipe with both types, however I do prefer bread flour.

Milk: I use almond milk because it has a longer shelf life. Any milk will work. If you use evaporated milk, you can extend the volume by using half milk/half water.

Yeast: Dry active yeast works, as well as instant. I like to buy bulk yeast and store it in my freezer.

Sugar

Butter

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Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 93Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 2mgSodium 78mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 2g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

24 Comments

  1. Ellen April 2, 2017 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Looks like bread perfection! Like your Mom and Nanny, I would think it’s brownies always on your counter!

    • Shelby April 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      I know I have a strong affection for brownies! 🙂

      • Dee May 2, 2020 at 8:03 am - Reply

        Your bread recipe calls for bread flour but your directions say all purpose flour. Which is it?

        • Shelby Law Ruttan May 2, 2020 at 11:30 am - Reply

          It is indicated in the post and in the notes that you can use either all purpose or bread flour for this recipe. I have used both and have had good results. I have a preference for bread flour though, as I feel it turns out fluffier and rises higher then all-purpose.

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  3. Kirstin September 25, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Hi! Does it have to be almond milk for this recipe? Hubby is extremely allergic to nuts. Would regular milk suffice?

    • Shelby September 26, 2017 at 4:15 am - Reply

      Absolutely, you can use whatever milk you use in your home 🙂 Enjoy!

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  9. Terry Pruner March 20, 2020 at 1:58 am - Reply

    The directions say: in Kitchenaid stand mixer or in a large bowl, add ingredients as follows: Warm milk, melted butter, yeast, sugar, salt, and 1 cups of the all-purpose flour. Then is says to: Make a small well in the flour and pour the yeast into the well. If you have already added the yeast in the first step how can you add it again in the 2nd step. I am confused.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan March 20, 2020 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Hi Terry, I had updated the post and missed that I typed yeast in the first instruction. You add the yeast last by making a small well (I use a spoon) and pouring the yeast into the flour.

      • Mary April 8, 2020 at 9:31 am - Reply

        This has to be corrected.
        prep time: 20 MINUTES
        cook time: 35 MINUTES
        proofing time: 2 MINUTES
        total time: 57 MINUTES

        • Shelby Law Ruttan April 9, 2020 at 1:42 pm - Reply

          Hi Mary, thanks for bringing that to my attention, The recipe card interpreted it as minutes instead of hours. I have fixed it. Thanks again!

    • Terry March 22, 2020 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you for clearing that up for me.

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    can you freeze the loaves after the first proofing but before the second proofing?

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      Hi Mary, I haven’t done that, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. Just thaw it out in the fridge, then proof it before baking. Let me know how it works for you!

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