Homemade Yeast Bread

This homemade yeast bread is one of a kind it is simple to make & tastes delicious. If you are nervous making homemade bread this is the perfect recipe for you.

Homemade Yeast Bread Recipe

Have you ever made your own homemade bread? It’s easier than you think and so much more delicious than a loaf you can find at the grocery store. Try out our Homemade Yeast Bread recipe here!

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh baked bread cooking in the oven, well maybe crumble apple pie but really our family loves homemade yeast bread  whenever we make a hot loaf it is usually gone within a couple of hours. I love this homemade yeast bread recipe because it is easy to make and makes 2 delicious loaves of bread for you to either enjoy as a family or share with a neighbor. If you are in need of making home made bread this recipe is for you because it is so easy to do.

Have you ever made your own homemade bread? It’s easier than you think and so much more delicious than a loaf you can find at the grocery store. Try out our Homemade Yeast Bread recipe here!

Homemade Yeast Bread Recipe

While the dough rises, you can prepare 2 9x5 inch loaf pans by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray. 

Makes: 2 loaves

Prep time: 30 minutes

Rise time: 2 hours

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 3 hours

Ingredients for Homemade Yeast Bread

While the dough rises, you can prepare 2 9x5 inch loaf pans by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray. 

1 ¼ cup milk, heated to 110 degrees

¾ cup water, heated to 110 degrees

⅔ cup sugar

2 tbsp active dry yeast (about 2 packets)

⅛ tsp ground ginger

1 ¼ tsp salt

4 tbsp butter, melted

5 ½ cup bread flour

Optional for topping: 2 tbsp butter, melted

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How to Make this Homemade Yeast Bread Recipe

Don’t be nervous about taking on this recipe if you’ve never made homemade yeast bread before. Just follow these simple steps and your loaves will turn out great! 

Believe me, once you make homemade bread it’s hard to go back to store-bought because this recipe is so delicious!

To make your bread, you’ll start by adding your warmed milk, warmed water, sugar, ginger, and yeast to the bowl of a stand mixer. Give this mixture a quick stir and let it sit for about 10 minutes until it starts to get foamy. 

Once it’s nice and bubbly, add 1 cup of the flour and whisk it into the yeast mixture. Add the melted butter and the salt and mix again until well combined. 

Add the dough hook to your mixer and start adding the flour 1 cup at a time, making sure to mix it well between each addition. Keep adding flour until the mixture forms into a nice dough ball. When the dough is ready it should come away from the edges of the bowl until the bowl looks clean. 

Once a ball is formed, continue to knead the dough by mixing with the dough hook for an additional five minutes until the dough becomes elastic. 

Remove the dough from the mixer and place it in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough with a clean cloth or plastic wrap and place in a warm place.

Allow the dough to rise for about 1 hour until it has doubled in size.

While the dough rises, you can prepare 2 9×5 inch loaf pans by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray. 

Have you ever made your own homemade bread? It’s easier than you think and so much more delicious than a loaf you can find at the grocery store. Try out our Homemade Yeast Bread recipe here!

Once risen, punch the dough down to remove any bubbles and move it to a floured surface. Divide the dough in half and form each half into loaves and place into your prepared loaf pans. 

Cover each loaf with a clean cloth or loose plastic wrap and let rise again for an additional hour until the dough rises about 1 ½ inches about the top of the pan. 

When the loaves are about ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove the cloth from your loaves and place them on the center rack of your oven. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapping on the top. 

Have you ever made your own homemade bread? It’s easier than you think and so much more delicious than a loaf you can find at the grocery store. Try out our Homemade Yeast Bread recipe here!

Let your loaves cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan before removing them to cool completely on a wire rack. Make sure they are completely cool before slicing. 

For a deliciously soft crust, take 2 tbsp of melted butter and brush it over the top of your loaves while they are cooling.

Tips and Tricks for Homemade Yeast Bread

  1. You can choose to substitute all-purpose flour in this bread recipe but keep in mind that there is a difference in flours and you may not get the perfect loaf you want. Bread flour actually has a bit more protein which will affect the texture, rising, density, etc. If you don’t keep bread flour in your pantry, you can also keep some Vital Wheat Gluten around and add some to your all-purpose flour when using it for bread to help correct all those differences. 
  2. If you’re new to making yeast dough’s, a good way to test if your dough is kneaded enough is to give it a poke with your finger. You want the dough to be elastic and for the fingerprint to fade away. If you poke your dough and the imprint stays, you should knead it for another few minutes. 
  3. Sometimes my house is a little bit cold and I notice that my dough doesn’t rise very well. An easy trick I use to make sure my dough gets a good rise is to preheat my oven to about 185 degrees and then I  turn the oven off. When my dough is ready to rise, I put it in the gently warmed oven and it rises right up! Just make sure that your dough isn’t in the oven when you preheat your oven to bake the bread loaves! 
  4. If you want, you can substitute buttermilk for regular milk. It’ll add a great flavor and a nice soft texture to your bread loaves. 
  5. Another trick to a good bread dough rise is using potato water! Yes, you read that right. The water that you use to boil potatoes can be used in place of water in this recipe and the water will help your dough rise higher and faster!
Have you ever made your own homemade bread? It’s easier than you think and so much more delicious than a loaf you can find at the grocery store. Try out our Homemade Yeast Bread recipe here!

 

Why isn’t my yeast mixture getting foamy? 

The main reason that your yeast mixture isn’t getting foamy is that your yeast has expired and isn’t going to help your dough rise. If you notice that you don’t get many bubbles, it might be time to toss your yeast and grab a new jar. 

To keep your yeast fresh for much longer, keep it in your fridge or freezer. Yeast lasts about 2 years in the freezer or 6 months in your pantry. 

Why does this recipe call for ginger? 

You may be wondering why this bread recipe calls for a bit of ginger. Ginger is another trick to help your dough rise! 

It will boost the yeast if you add it to the yeast mixture and ensure a high and fast rise for your homemade yeast bread. 

Share with us in the comments how your Homemade Yeast Bread turns out! And tag us on Instagram with a picture of your recipe! We would love to see it!

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Yield: 2 loaves

Homemade Yeast Bread Recipe

Have you ever made your own homemade bread? It’s easier than you think and so much more delicious than a loaf you can find at the grocery store. Try out our Homemade Yeast Bread recipe here!

Have you ever made your own homemade bread? It’s easier than you think and so much more delicious than a loaf you can find at the grocery store. Try out our Homemade Yeast Bread recipe here!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup milk, heated to 110 degrees
  • ¾ cup water, heated to 110 degrees
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast (about 2 packets)
  • ⅛ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 5 ½ cup bread flour
  • Optional for topping: 2 tbsp butter, melted

Instructions

Don’t be nervous about taking on this recipe if you’ve never made homemade yeast bread before. Just follow these simple steps and your loaves will turn out great! 

Believe me, once you make homemade bread it’s hard to go back to store-bought because this recipe is so delicious!

To make your bread, you’ll start by adding your warmed milk, warmed water, sugar, ginger, and yeast to the bowl of a stand mixer. Give this mixture a quick stir and let it sit for about 10 minutes until it starts to get foamy. 

Once it’s nice and bubbly, add 1 cup of the flour and whisk it into the yeast mixture. Add the melted butter and the salt and mix again until well combined. 

Add the dough hook to your mixer and start adding the flour 1 cup at a time, making sure to mix it well between each addition. Keep adding flour until the mixture forms into a nice dough ball. When the dough is ready it should come away from the edges of the bowl until the bowl looks clean. 

Once a ball is formed, continue to knead the dough by mixing with the dough hook for an additional five minutes until the dough becomes elastic. 

Remove the dough from the mixer and place it in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough with a clean cloth or plastic wrap and place in a warm place. Allow the dough to rise for about 1 hour until it has doubled in size.

While the dough rises, you can prepare 2 9x5 in loaf pans by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray. 

Once risen, punch the dough down to remove any bubbles and move it to a floured surface. Divide the dough in half and form each half into loaves and place into your prepared loaf pans. 

Cover each loaf with a clean cloth or loose plastic wrap and let rise again for an additional hour until the dough rises about 1 ½ inches about the top of the pan. 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove the cloth from your loaves and place them on the center rack of your oven. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapping on the top. 

Cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan before removing them to cool completely on a wire rack. Make sure they are completely cool before slicing. 

For a deliciously soft crust, take 2 tbsp of melted butter and brush it over the top of your loaves while they are cooling.

Don’t forget to save this Homemade Yeast Bread Recipe on Pinterest so you can find it next time you are looking for the best homemade bread recipe! 

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1 Comment

  • Alyssa

    This looks like the perfect sandwich bread! I wonder if I could substitute some of the flour for whole wheat flour. Mmm homemade bread is my one weakness. This looks so good!

    September 17, 2020 at 10:40 pm Reply
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