Grandma’s Fresh Homemade Bread

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baked loaf of fresh homemade bread

Homemade White Bread

Who doesn’t love a warm piece of bread with a little butter?  Fresh homemade bread is easy and perfect if you cannot get to the store to buy bread.    This recipe makes 2 loaves of bread. Halve the bread if you want just one loaf or make easy cinnamon rolls.

This was my grandma’s recipe and I’m sure she’ll be okay with us using the mixer to blend everything.

warm milk with yeast and butter

How Long Does The Bread Need To Rise?

This bread will need to rise once while making it and then again after you put it in the pan.  You will need to place the dough in a warm area to be able rise.

You will need butter to grease the pan with and the top of the dough.
You will need a clean towel to place on top of the dough to rise.

adding milk into large mixing bowl

What Type Of Flour Do Is Use To Make Bread?

You can use bread flour to make your loaf of bread. Because we bake with what we have on hand, we made this bread recipe based on all purpose flour.

mixed dough on dough hook

What Caused My Bread Not To Rise?

A couple things. This happens if your yeast expired. My grandma taught me a trick: if the date on the yeast is expired, double the yeast. Another possibility is the milk was to warm. This can kill the yeast as well. And a third option would be that where you are waiting for the bread to rise is not warm enough. Using a towel over the bread and if it’s cold, put the oven on warm and place the loaf pan on top of the stove.

cutting dough in half with scraper

How Do I Add Flavors To My Bread?

When you are mixing the flour into the dough, add your flavors. You will want to do this before you add all the flour so it’s easier to incorporate. You can add herbs and cheeses of your choice. Experiment on what works for your taste buds.

Serve with delicious homemade butter.

How Long Does Fresh Homemade Bread Last?

There are no preservatives in this recipe. Depending on the heat and humidity in your home, it can last a week. Store in an air-tight bag to keep from going stale.

dough risen in bread pan
baked loaf of fresh homemade bread
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Homemade Baked Bread

Indulge in the heavenly aroma of grandma's fresh homemade bread! From kneading to baking, experience the joy of crafting warm, golden loaves.
Course: Baking, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 5 cups flour
  • a little butter to top the dough and then the baked breads


  • In a small container microwave 1/2 cup milk for 20 seconds and check temperature.
  • Check temp and once under 115℉, add the yeast and a sprinkle of sugar and set aside to let the yeast rise and get bubbly.
  • In a large measuring cup, add 1 1/2 cups milk and the butter and heat for 1 minutes.
  • Mix in the sugar to the milk and butter. Check the temperature.
  • Once the temp is under 115℉ and the yeast has risen (about 5 minutes), add the yeast milk and butter milk together.
  • Place the mix into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add half of the the flour and mix.  Then add the rest of the flour and mix.
  • Once the dough mixes onto itself into a nice ball, it's time to let it sit and rise.
  • If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour until it no longer sticks to you.
  • Rub butter on top of the dough and place a clean towel over the dough.
  • Place the covered bread dough in a warm location and let sit for 1 1/2 hours.
  • AFfter the dough has risen (doubled in size), you can preheat oven at 350℉.
  • Make into loaves of bread or rolls. Be sure to let the dough rise into a loaf, rolls, etc. before baking.
  • Bake at 350℉ degrees 20-40 minutes until a nice golden brown on top.
  • You can check between rolls to make sure they are not doughy between each.
  • Bread will have a nice golden brown top.
  • Rub a little butter on top of the bread.
Indulge in the heavenly aroma of grandma's fresh homemade bread! From kneading to baking, experience the joy of crafting warm, golden loaves

Grease the pan with butter, allow the dough to rise in the pan and bake for 30-40 minutes.

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  3. I wonder… would this recipe work in a bread machine or just the ol’ fashion oven? Looks like a good one. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Is there anything yummier than warm bread out of the oven with melted butter! And the smell…just looking at that picture I am imagining the smell of fresh bread. MMMmmmmm!

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