Basic White Bread

Basic White Bread

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Makes:2 loaves

While it’s easy to make, there’s nothing basic about the taste of this delicious white bread recipe.


1 tsp 5 mL granulated sugar
1/2 cup 125 mL water, warm
1 envelope 8 g active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp/11 mL)
1 cup 250 mL milk, warm
2 tbsp 30 mL butter
2 tbsp 30 mL granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp 7 mL salt
1/2 cup 125 mL water, warm
5 1/2 cups 1375 mL Robin Hood® Best For Bread Homestyle White Flour


  1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon (5 mL) sugar in 1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water in large mixing bowl. Sprinkle in yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir well.
  2. Combine milk, butter, 2 tablespoons (30 mL) sugar, salt and 1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water. Add milk mixture and 2 cups (500 mL) flour to dissolved yeast mixture. Beat with wooden spoon or electric mixer until smooth and elastic.
  3. Stir in 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) of remaining flour gradually. If necessary, add more flour to make a soft dough which leaves sides of bowl. Turn out on floured board. Round up into a ball.
  4. Knead dough, adding more flour as necessary, until dough is smooth, elastic and no longer sticky (about 10 minutes).
  5. Place in lightly greased bowl. Turn dough to greased top. Cover with parchment paper and tea towel.
  6. Let rise in warm place (75°-85°F/24°-29°C) until doubled (45 to 60 minutes).
  7. Punch Down. Turn out onto lightly floured board and divide into 2 equal portions. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Shape each portion into a loaf. Place seam side down in 2 greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/4" (1.5 L) loaf pans. Cover with tea towel.
  9. Let Rise in warm place until dough rises 1 1/2" (3 cm) above top of pan in centre and corners are filled (45 to 60 minutes).
  10. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  11. Bake on lower oven rack of preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from pans immediately. Brush top crust with butter if a soft crust is desired. Cool on wire racks.


  • This recipe makes 2 loaves. For 4 loaves, simply double all of your ingredients.

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