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Easy, Homemade Bread Recipe

No more wondering how to make bread! We've got an easy bread recipe that everyone will love.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves


  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • cup honey
  • 2 ½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5-7 cups all-purpose flour


  • Heat the milk, butter, and honey in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir and heat for another 45 seconds. Cool liquids down to luke-warm if they're too hot.
  • Pour the milk mixture into a large bowl or in a heavy-duty mixer. Add the yeast, egg, salt, and enough flour to stir together and make a moderately stiff dough. Knead for about 6 minutes by hand or in a bread mixer.
  • Generously grease 2 bread pans. If you use the rectangle pans I use, you need to grease with Crisco!
  • Form dough into 2 loaves and place in pans. Cover with a dishtowel. Let dough rise until doubled.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes on the middle rack, until browned on top.
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack before cutting or putting in a storage bag. Enjoy!


These are too long to fit in a gallon-sized bag without slicing. Keep your old bread bags or grab some online if you want to store whole or give as a gift!
Keyword easy bread