Basic White Bread Recipe

It's not as hard as you think. Use this Basic White Bread recipe and whip up your first batch of the finest.


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Basic White Bread

Once you bake your first batch of homemade bread, there's no going back.

Karen Keb

Homemade bread making just got a whole lot simpler with this Basic White Bread recipe. Enjoy!

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Basic White Bread

3 cups bread flour, packed and leveled
1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
1⁄4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 1⁄2 to 13⁄4 cups cool water, divided
Coarse cornmeal for dusting 

Combine all dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Add 1 1⁄2 cups water and stir with rubber spatula. Add remaining water (and more) as needed until you have a thoroughly mixed, wet, sticky mass of dough. (The dough will not be like any other bread you’ve made – this will be much wetter and will not form a ball.)

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, for 12 to 18 hours.

owen papke
5/29/2013 2:38:13 AM

I made this bread last weekend and it is great. My "cast iron" pot was a little large so I cut a piece of hard poster board to the size I wanted and paper clipped it together to make a smaller pot and thus a "higher" loaf of bread. It worked great and I look forward to the next loaf where I will try adding some herbs to it as suggested by Libby in her post.


wilma nunemaker
5/28/2013 3:54:47 PM

This sounds wonder, I am going to mix some up right now.Thanks W. Nunemaker


libby myrick
5/10/2013 4:04:00 PM

This is almost the same recipe I use making Crusty Bread. You can add whatever you want to this, But my recipe is just a bit different. It is 3 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. yeast, 1 1/2 tsp. salt. Wisk together and add 1 1/2 cup water. Mix and cover for 12 to 18 hrs. Preheat oven to 450 and then place whatever you are going to bake in into the oven to heat for a half hour. While that is heating flour a board and dump bread dough onto it. Fold over a few times and form a ball and place on a piece of parchment paper an let set while pot is heating. When the pot has heated the thirty min. pick up the parchment paper and drop into pot and cover. Bake 30 min. with lid, remove lid and bake 15 more. Lift out of pot with paper and slide off onto a cooling rack. I use a insert from a old crock pot to bake mine in, Works perfect. You can also use hot water and it will be ready to bake in just a few hours instead of the 12 to 18 hrs. Right now I have some rising that I added rosemary, thyme, italian seasoning, a bit of garlic powder and ground red pepper. Makes a wonderful sandwich bread.


kristin dahlke burgess
11/21/2012 7:22:13 PM

What size cast iron pot do you use?






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