Easy Homemade Bread

Easy Homemade Bread

This easy homemade bread recipe uses bread flour, instant yeast, Kosher salt, and room temperature water. It’s very simple to make and will fill your house with the most wonderful bread smell! This bread is perfect as a side for soups and stews, to eat with butter or jam as a snack, and for sandwiches.

Gather up your ingredients.

Ingredients for Easy Homemade Bread

In a large bowl, whisk together the bread flour, instant yeast, and Kosher salt.  

Make a well in the center and pour in the room temperature water.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients

Mix the ingredients together until the dough is fully moist and easy to shape into a round ball.

Using your hands, form a round ball of dough in the bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and leave on the counter for 3 hours to allow the dough to rise.

Cover the dough and let rise

Once the dough has risen, cover and refrigerate 12 hours or up to 2 days.

Risen Dough

Remove the chilled dough and sprinkle flour on a work surface.  Then sprinkle corn meal and a bit more flour on a baking sheet.

Remove the dough from the bowl and cut into equal halves. 

Cut dough in half

Shape the dough into long loaves on the sheet pan, resting at least 4 inches apart.  Loosely cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow to set at room temperature for 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.  

Remove the plastic wrap and score the loaves in three different sections, about 1/2 inch deep.

Score the loaves

Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack.  After 5 more minutes on the wire rack, the bread is ready for slicing.

If you love easy homemade bread recipes, try my no-knead bread, whole wheat zucchini nut bread, and olive and walnut bread.

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Easy Homemade Bread

Easy Homemade Bread

Easy homemade bread recipe using bread flour, instant yeast, Kosher salt, and room temperature water. Recipe makes 2 loaves.

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus rise time
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 days for best results
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

3 and 1/4 cups bread flour (plus more for dusting/kneading)
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 and 1/2 cups room temperature water
2 teaspoons cornmeal for dusting the baking sheet

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the bread flour, instant yeast, and Kosher salt.  
  2. Make a well in the center and pour in the room temperature water.
  3. Mix the ingredients together until the dough is fully moist and easy to shape into a round ball.
  4. Using your hands, form a round ball of dough in the bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and leave on the counter for 3 hours to allow the dough to rise.
  5. Once the dough has risen, refrigerate 12 hours or up to 2 days.
  6. Remove the chilled dough and sprinkle flour on a work surface.  Then sprinkle corn meal and a bit more flour on a baking sheet.
  7. Remove the dough from the bowl and cut into equal halves.  Shape the dough into long loaves on the sheet pan, resting at least 4 inches apart.  Loosely cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow to set at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.  
  9. Remove the plastic wrap and score the loaves in three different sections, about 1/2 inch deep.
  10. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until crust is golden brown.
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack.  After 5 more minutes on the wire rack, the bread is ready for slicing.

Keywords: easy home made bread, white bread recipe, easy bread recipe, instant yeast recipe

2 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Bread

  1. MS says:

    LOVE THIS BLOG!!

    1. Kathleen says:

      Thank you, Maura! 🙂

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