Easy & delicious no machine white bread recipe by Dad

Easy, Delicious No-Machine White Bread: Be Your Own Bread Dad!

 Who crave the warm, yeasty aroma of homemade bread but are intimidated by fancy equipment. This recipe is for you! Today, I’m ditching the bread machine and diving into the simple joy of creating a classic white loaf from scratch.

This recipe is perfect for beginners – it’s straightforward, requires minimal ingredients, and delivers fantastic results. You’ll be a bread-baking champion in no time, earning your very own “Bread Dad” title (or maybe “Bread Master” if that sounds cooler?).

Before we jump in, let’s address the elephant in the room – why no bread machine? While those gadgets are fantastic time-savers, sometimes you just want the satisfaction of getting your hands dirty and creating something magical from scratch. Plus, who needs a fancy machine when you can whip up a delicious loaf with just a few bowls and your trusty oven?

Now, let’s get down to brass tacks and address some of the key terms you might encounter on your bread-making journey:

  • Bread Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour: While both work in a pinch, bread flour boasts a higher protein content, leading to a chewier texture and better rise in your bread. All-purpose flour can definitely be used, but your loaf might be a touch denser.
  • Active Dry Yeast vs. Instant Yeast: Both types will get the job done, but active dry yeast needs to be “proofed” (activated) in warm water with a pinch of sugar before use. Instant yeast can be mixed directly with dry ingredients.
  • Star Rating:  When you bake this fantastic bread (and you will!), consider leaving a star rating and a comment on the recipe below. It helps others find this gem and lets me know you enjoyed it!
  • Use Caution: Baking involves heat, so always use oven mitts when handling hot pans and bread.

Alright, enough chit-chat, let’s talk about the fun part – exploring the wonderful world of homemade bread!

Baking Bread: A Journey Through Time

Bread has been a staple food for millennia, with countless cultures developing their own unique recipes and techniques. From the ancient Egyptians to medieval Europe and beyond, bread has sustained humanity and continues to be a cornerstone of many diets.

There’s a certain magic in making your own bread. It’s a process that takes a little time, a little patience and rewards you with a warm, delicious loaf that’s far superior to anything store-bought. It’s a skill you can share with friends and family, creating lasting memories in the kitchen.

The Main Event: Easy White Bread Recipe

While there are endless bread recipes out there, from crusty baguettes to hearty rye loaves, this white bread recipe is a fantastic starting point. It’s simple, versatile, and perfect for sandwiches, toast, or simply enjoying a warm slice slathered with butter.

Remember, the full recipe with detailed instructions is waiting for you at the bottom of this post!

Now, let’s delve into some of the key aspects of making bread by hand:

  • Dry Ingredients: These typically include flour, salt, and sometimes sugar. Bread flour is ideal, but all-purpose flour can work.
  • Liquid Ingredients: Warm water (not hot!) activates the yeast and helps form the dough. Milk, buttermilk, or even beer can be used for added flavour richness, but water is perfectly fine for starters.
  • Yeast: This magical ingredient is responsible for the rise in bread. As the yeast feeds on sugars, it releases carbon dioxide gas, which creates air pockets in the dough, making it light and fluffy.
  • Mixing: You can get by with a good old-fashioned mixing bowl and a sturdy spoon, but a stand mixer with a dough hook will definitely make your life easier.
  • Kneading: This might be the most therapeutic part of the process. Kneading develops the gluten in the flour, which gives the bread its structure and elasticity. Think of it as a mini arm workout!
  • First Rise: After kneading, the dough needs time to rest and rise in a warm place. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.
  • Shaping: Once risen, gently punch down the dough and form it into a loaf shape. This might take a little practice, but don’t worry about perfection – a rustic loaf has its own charm!
  • Second Rise: The shaped loaf gets another round of rising to allow the dough to further expand.
  • Baking: Finally, the moment of truth! Your beautiful loaf goes into the preheated oven for a golden brown bake. The aroma filling your kitchen will be pure baking bliss

Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

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Easy Homemade Bread Recipe - Homemade crusty bread

Delicious homemade crusty bread

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Recipe Cost £1
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Snack, Lunch, Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine 30 minutes plus, Baking
Servings 8
Calories 266 kcal


Easy white bread

  • 500 g Organic Strong white flour
  • 7 g Sachet of yeast
  • 40 g Soft butter
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • A drizzle of either sunflower or olive oil
  • 300 ml Warm water


Easy white bread Recipe

  • Add the flour, butter, yeast and salt to a bowl and mix together.
    500 g Organic Strong white flour, 7 g Sachet of yeast, 1.5 tsp Salt, 40 g Soft butter
  • Pour in around half of the water and give it a good mix together with your fingers. Continue to add the water a little bit at a time, combining the mixture and collecting all the flour from the sides of the bowl. The dough needs to be well mixed but not soggy or sticky.
    300 ml Warm water
  • Add 1 teaspoon of oil to a clean work surface, chuck the dough onto it and start kneading and folding. You will need to do this for around 5 minutes until the dough is stretchy and smooth.
    A drizzle of either sunflower or olive oil
  • Clean and oil your mixing bowl and place the dough back into it and cover it with a damp tea towel. Let this prove for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, begin kneading it again. This will knock the air out of it.

Easy white bread Recipe - Soft on the inside and crusty on the outside

  • Place the dough onto the baking tray and cover it again with the tea towel. Let it sit for around an hour, or it has doubled in size.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice cuts into the top about 1cm deep, in a diamond pattern. Cook in a preheated oven (180 fan), for about 30 minutes. You know that it is cooked when it sounds hollow and is a golden colour.

Top Tip

  • Place some water in another tray underneath the cooking bread. The steam created will help the bread develop and crisp crust.


Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 48gFat: 4.7gSaturated Fat: 2.7gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 321mgPotassium: 86mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 0.2gCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
Keyword bread, homemade bread, fresh bread, 30 Minutes Plus, baking
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Easy Homemade Bread Recipe - Homemade crusty bread
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Expanding Your Bread Horizons: Beyond the Basic Loaf

Now that you’ve conquered the classic white bread recipe, you might be itching to explore the vast and delicious world of homemade bread. Here are some ideas to get your creative baking juices flowing:

Whole Wheat Wonders:

Ditch the white flour and embrace the benefits of whole wheat! Whole wheat flour boasts more natural fibre and additional nutrients compared to its white counterpart.  Making a whole wheat bread loaf follows a similar process to our white bread recipe, simply substitute some or all of the white flour with whole wheat flour.  Expect a slightly denser loaf with a nutty flavour – perfect for hearty sandwiches or toast.

Sweet Treats:

Looking to add a touch of sweetness to your baking routine? Consider venturing into the world of sweet quick breads. These beauties require no yeast and come together in a flash, making them ideal for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Popular options include banana bread, bursting with ripe bananas and warm spices, or honey oat bread, offering a delightful combination of sweetness and chewy oat clusters.

Global Bread Adventures:

Bread transcends borders, with countless cultures boasting their own unique styles. Why not take your taste buds on a trip around the world? Here are a few ideas:

  • French Bread: This iconic bread features a crisp crust and airy interior. Mastering the perfect baguette might require some practice, but there are plenty of beginner-friendly recipes available online.
  • Hawaiian Bread: Sweet and fluffy, Hawaiian bread is a delightful addition to any tropical-themed meal.  Look for recipes that utilize ingredients like pineapple juice and coconut milk.
  • Oatmeal Bread: This hearty bread features rolled oats baked right into the dough, adding a delightful textural contrast and a boost of fibre.

Mastering the Machine (Optional):

If you’re intrigued by the convenience of bread machines but still crave the satisfaction of homemade bread, there are ways to have the best of both worlds! Many bread machines offer settings specifically designed for purpose flour breads.  These settings adjust factors like dough setting (kneading time) and baking temperature to accommodate the unique properties of flours like whole wheat.

Troubleshooting Tips:

Even the most seasoned bread dad recipe bakers encounter occasional mishaps. Here are some troubleshooting tips to keep in mind:

  • Flat Bread: This could indicate a few things. Did you use the correct amount of yeast? Was the yeast growth sluggish due to improper water temperature (it should be lukewarm, not hot)?  Ensure you’re following the recipe precisely and using fresh, active yeast.
  • Dense Bread: Over-kneading can lead to a dense crumb. Aim for a smooth, elastic dough, but don’t overdo it. Additionally, using all whole wheat flour will naturally result in a denser loaf compared to white bread.

Remember, baking is a journey! Don’t be discouraged by a few bumps along the road. Embrace the learning process, experiment with different flours and flavours, and most importantly, have fun in the kitchen! There’s a whole world of delicious bread waiting to be discovered.

Finally, never underestimate the power of a good breadmaker manual! Always refer to your specific machine’s instructions for the capacity (how many pounds of bread it can handle) and the correct settings for different bread types.  Many bread machine manufacturers, like Zojirushi  Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker, offer detailed instructions and recipe suggestions specifically designed for their machines.

Disclaimer: Don’t Be a Bread-Head (Be a bread dad recipe person)

This recipe is like the Michaelangelo to your Play-Doh kitchen creations – easy enough for a toddler, impressive enough to fool your mother-in-law. But before you go all “ratatouille” and turn your kitchen into a flour-dusted bread dad recipe warzone, a few things to keep in mind:

  • Caveat Emptor, Bread Maker: That fancy bread machine collecting dust? This recipe might breathe life back into it, but unless it’s the Usain Bolt of kitchen appliances, respect its capacity. A 1-lb loaf recipe in a 2-lb machine might end up looking like a science experiment gone wrong. Stick to the manufacturer’s instructions, my friend.
  • Ingredient Inquisition:  Just like following a cult leader (don’t do that!), following a recipe requires following the ingredients. Don’t think olive oil is fancy enough? Vegetable oil might leave your bread feeling like a deflated pool toy.  Hot milk instead of lukewarm? Prepare for a doorstop, not a dinner roll.
  • The Floury Fellowship:  All flours are not created equal. Bread flour gives you that glorious chew, while whole wheat adds a bit of…well, wheatiness.  Don’t confuse this recipe with your sourdough starter science project.  Use the correct flour, my friend, use the correct flour.
  • The Great Yeast Uprising:  Don’t be tempted to sub your grandma’s ancient yeast for the shiny new stuff at the store.  Expired yeast is the Grinch who stole your fluffy bread dreams.  Fresh is best, folks.

This recipe is a great way to explore the wonderful world of homemade bread, but don’t blame us if your first attempt isn’t a masterpiece.  Like most things in life (except maybe those TikTok banana bread recipes – those are scary good), baking takes a little practice.

So, tie on your apron, grab your trusty measurement cup (and maybe a flour sifter, because we can all be fancy sometimes), and get ready to bake! But remember, even the best bread machine recipes can’t fix a burnt-out oven or an aversion to following directions. Happy baking and enjoy my bread dad recipe!


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