Easy Everyday Bread

You only need five ingredients for this Easy Bread Recipe! It’s perfect for sandwiches, toast, or serve it alongside a bowl of soup, stew, or a salad. It’s the best everyday bread recipe that will be your new favorite.

A loaf of bread and 3 buns in a basket.

There are complicated bread recipes and there is this easy bread recipe – so easy you only need five ingredients and a little time to make it. Whether you’ve been making homemade bread for years or have never made a loaf, you are going to love this recipe.

Easy Homemade Bread

The best part about this bread is that you might already have the ingredients on hand. Okay, maybe not the yeast if you don’t bake often, but once you try it you’ll keep dry active yeast in the pantry so you can make it whenever you want.

This is white bread that has a soft texture on the inside with a lightly chewy golden crust – perfect with butter and jam or for dunking in a bowl of soup. 

The flavor of the bread goes with practically everything – use it as a sandwich bread or toast the slices for breakfast. Or, just enjoy a plain piece – it’s delicious.

A stand mixer makes it even easier to make, but if you don’t have one you can mix and knead the dough by hand. It just takes a little longer.

There is nothing better than the aroma of fresh bread baking in the oven. This easy bread is worth the little time and effort to make it.

A loaf of everyday bread with 2 slices cut.

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour or bread flour
  • Lukewarm water
  • Olive oil
  • Active dry yeast
  • Salt

How to make Homemade Bread

Place the flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the water, oil, yeast, and salt.

Making the dough in a silver mixing bowl.

Stir the mixture at low speed and then increase the speed to knead it until the dough is well combined. Transfer it to a work surface and knead it a few times by hand.

Fold the dough to form it into a tight dough ball and place it in a lightly oiled large bowl. Turn the ball to coat it in the oil and then cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm draft-free area for one hour.

The dough before and after rising.

Deflate the dough by folding it a few times over itself in the bowl and then move it to your work surface. Fold it in all directions.

Knead the dough and shape into a ball.

Divide the bread dough into two equal-sized circles or 1 large circle and 3 small (this is what I did) and then roll each up. Pinch the seams closed and then roll the loaves a few times to flatten the seams.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the loaves on it. Cover them and let them rise for 30 to 60 minutes.

Everyday bread before and after rising.

Score the tops of the loaves and spritz them with water. Bake the bread at 400°F for about 30 minutes or until it’s golden brown and baked through.

The dough scored before baking.

Bread Making Tips

If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can mix the dough ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon and then turn the dough out and knead it on a lightly floured work surface. It will take a little longer this way.

Instead of making two loaves you can make buns or make a loaf and use the other half to make bread buns.

A loaf of bread on a wooden board.

You can store it at room temperature for 3-4 days – just keep it wrapped. Or, you can store it in the freezer to thaw later.

This is just the best homemade bread recipe for beginners and experienced bakers! Sometimes simple is better, don’t you think? With this easy bread you’ll find all kinds of ways to use it, you’ll want to make a loaf every week! Enjoy!

2 slices of bread with butter and a knife.

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A loaf of bread and 3 buns in a basket.

Easy Everyday Bread

Rosemary Molloy
You only need five ingredients for this Easy Bread Recipe! It's perfect for sandwiches, toast, or serve it alongside a bowl of soup, stew, or a salad. It's the best everyday bread recipe that will be your new favorite.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 614 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • cups flour (all purpose or bread)
  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon lukewarm water (total 185 grams)
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • In the stand up mixing bowl add the flour, make a well in the middle and add the water, oil, yeast and salt.
  • Start to knead on low speed, then increase to #2 speed until combined, 6-7 minutes. Move the dough to a flat surface and knead a few times, then fold to form a compact dough ball.
  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning the dough to cover in oil, cover the bowl with a clean tea towel or plastic, place in a warm draft free area and let rise 1 hour.
  • Fold the dough while still in the bowl (to deflate it), move the dough to a flat surface and fold in all directions. Divide the dough in 2 parts*. Shape each part into a circle (6-8 inches) with your hand and then roll up the circle with the seam side up and pinch the edges to close the dough, roll the dough back and forth a few times to flatten the edges. Repeat with the 2nd loaf or buns.
  • Place the loaves on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Cover with a tea towel, place in a warm draft free area and let rise 30-60 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F (200C).
  • Score the bread and spray with water. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

*I made 1 loaf and 3 buns.

    Notes

    If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can mix the dough ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon and then turn the dough out and knead it on a lightly floured work surface. It will take a little longer this way, approximately 15-20 minutes.
    You can store it at room temperature for 3-4 days – just keep it wrapped. Or, you can store it in the freezer to thaw later.
    Or freeze it for up to 6 months.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 614kcalCarbohydrates: 110gProtein: 18gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 879mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 6gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 7mg
    Keyword easy bread, easy everyday bread, everyday bread, Homemade bread
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    4 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      It was so good that I made two more loaves. It is my quick go to bread. I either use a regular loaf pan or my cloche when I make a round loaf. I also topped with poppy seeds. Loved it. Next time I will try sesame seeds both light and dark.

      Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe. I do suggest using a good olive oil

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