Classic White Bread

This is a great recipe to try if your new or haven’t been successful in bread making. This easy white bread recipe is so soft, you’ll never buy bread again!

easy white bread recipe final social media image. buttered white loaf of bread with graphics on top.

Tips with working with yeast:

The key is first, starting off with activated yeast.

  • Warm water should be between 110-115 degrees. If the water is not warm enough, it will not activate the yeast. If its too hot, it will kill the yeast.
  • I usually warm my water in the microwave in a microwaveable glass measuring cup. I’ve estimated time for warm water to be around 1 minute and 5 seconds give or take a few seconds or so.
  • If the water feels too hot with a finger test, it probably is.
birds eye view of sugar and yeast together in a bowl.
birds eye view of yeast bubbling in the warm sugared water.
-Place warm water in a bowl with the yeast and sugar. Wait at least 5 minutes until bubbles start to foam.

-You want the yeast to look like its foaming. That’s a good sign! If you see the yeast sink to the bottom of the bowl, that means you should start the process over again with new water and new yeast.
birds eye view of the bubbled yeast with flour added to it.

Tips on adding the flour:

  • First time I did this white bread recipe, I did not follow this part of the directions carefully. I added too much flour. Make sure you don’t add more than 3 cups of flour.
view of the dough mixing in the stand up mixer birds eye view.
-Add in the butter, salt, and 2 c. of the flour and turn stand up mixer on low with paddle attachment.
birds eye view of the mixed dough.
Add in the remaining 3/4 c. of flour slowly.
birds eye view of the bread dough getting ready to rise.
Once everything is mixed, turn dough into a greased or cooking sprayed bowl and let it rise in a warm space covered with a towel or saran wrap for 30 minutes.
birds eye view of the proofed dough.
The dough should have doubled in size.
birds eye view of the dough all kneaded in a bowl.
-Grease a 8.5 x 4.5 bread pan.

-Sprinkle flour on your hands and on the dough and form into a loaf shape.
bread dough in a bread pan ready to rise.
-Place the dough in the greased bread pan.

-Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise another 30 minutes or until the dough is level with the top of the pan.
easy white bread recipe dough risen in a bread pan ready to go in the oven.
-Turn oven to 375 degrees.
-Bake bread for 40 minutes, turning the bread pan at the 20 minute mark.
birds eye view of the baked easy white bread recipe.
When the bread comes out, brush with butter while it’s still warm.
birds eye view of easy white bread loaf baked with melted butter on top.
We hope you love this easy white bread recipe as much as we do!
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Classic White Bread

  • Author: rowdyrousculps
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hr 55 minutes (1 hr proofing time)
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


This is a great recipe to try if your new or haven’t been successful in bread making. This easy white bread recipe is so soft, you’ll never buy bread again!



  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water (110115 degrees)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 3/4 c. bread flour (3 c. max!)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp unsalted melted butter
  • 1 tbsp butter to brush on top after its baked


  1. Place sugar and yeast in a stand up mixer bowl.
  2. Add warm water to the sugar and yeast. (warm, not hot water)
  3. Wait at least 5 minutes for the yeast to activate and start to foam in the bowl.
  4. Add the melted butter, salt, and 2 c. bread flour to the mixing bowl. With the paddle attachment on start to mix on low speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add another 3/4- 1 c. of bread flour in slowly for 1-2 minutes on low speed. (don’t be tempted to add more flour.)
  6. Spray another bowl with cooking spray and place the yeast in the bowl. Cover with saran wrap or a towel for 30 minutes.
  7. Spray a 8.5 x 4.5 bread loaf pan.
  8. Sprinkle some flour on your hands and take the risen bread dough and shape into a loaf shape in your hands.
  9. Place the shaped dough in the bread pan, cover, and let it rise until its at least leveled with the bread pan. Estimated waiting time around 30 minutes.
  10. Set oven for 375.
  11. Uncover the bread dough and bake the dough for 40 minutes in the oven. Turn the bread pan around at the 20 minute mark. (even out the heat on the bread.)
  12. Bake bread for 40 minutes.
  13. When you take the bread out, place on a cooling rack. Brush the bread while warm with remaining 1 tbsp of butter.
  • Category: Bread

Keywords: Classic White Bread

If you like this easy white bread recipe, try my cinnamon swirl bread.

Recipe adapted from Si at The Bountiful Kitchen.

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