What Is a Step-by-Step Recipe for Making Bread?


To make basic sandwich bread, blend activated yeast, milk, sugar, salt and flour and knead into a dough. Divide it into loaves and let it rise before baking.

Step-by-Step Bread Recipe

Homemade bread is fairly easy to make and requires few ingredients. This recipe for sandwich bread was originally featured on The Kitchn.

Prep time: 2 hours

Cook time: 35 minutes

Ready in: 2 hours and 35 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted and melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 cups of flour
  1. Activate the yeast
  2. To activate the yeast, pour some warm water in a large mixing bowl and add the dry active yeast. Let the yeast sit in the water for 5 minutes to dissolve.

  3. Make the dough
  4. Add the melted butter, sugar, salt and 1 cup of the flour. Stir the mixture into a batter. Add 4 1/2 cups of flour and form the mixture into a loose dough. Knead the dough by hand or with a dough hook on an electric mixture until it is smooth and springy. If it is sticky, add 1 more cup of flour.

  5. Let the dough rise
  6. Coat a mixing bowl with some oil. Roll the dough into a large ball and put it in the oiled bowl, coating the ball with some of the oil. Cover the bowl with a cloth and place it in a warm place. Let the dough rise for about an hour until it doubles in size.

  7. Form the loaves
  8. Clear some counter space and sprinkle the working area with flour. Split the dough into two separate balls and let them sit on the floured counter top for 10 minutes. Shape each piece of dough into a rough loaf shape and place it into a greased loaf pan. Leave the loaves to rise for 30 to 40 minutes.

  9. Prepare the oven
  10. While the loaves are rising, turn on the oven to 425 F.

  11. Bake the bread
  12. Slash each loaf along the top with a sharp knife. Reduce the oven to 375 F and let the bread bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven when the tops are golden brown.