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Super Easy Bread for Beginners

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Super Easy Bread for Beginners
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This is the easiest one-loaf yeast bread you will ever bake. The Super Easy Bread for Beginners recipe produces a soft crust and a moist center using the most basic ingredients that can be found in most kitchens.

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes


  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, approximately


  1. In large bowl, add the warm water. Slowly stir in dry yeast. Continue to stir until yeast is dissolved.

  2. Add salt, sugar, shortening, and milk to bowl. Stir.

  3. Mix in the first 2 cups of flour.

  4. If needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough chases the spoon around the bowl.

  5. You do not need to use up all the flour called for in this recipe, or you may need more flour than called for. The amounts vary depending on many factors, including weather, which is why most bread recipes only give an approximate amount of flour needed.

  6. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead, adding small spoonfuls of flour as needed, until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.

  7. Put dough in buttered bowl, turn dough over so that the top of dough is greased. Cover and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour.

  8. Punch down dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead.

  9. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.

  10. Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.

  11. Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

  12. Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or clean dishtowel.
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 5 out of 5
great recipe, Member pillowmint

Made this bread last night, worked out really well. I just registered to thank pattianne7 for their advice, most of it was very helpful. I've never made bread before (other than banana), in conjunction with the original recipe it was a breeze. I did a couple of things different myself. 1) I used organic Red Fife flour...probably would use just regular bread flour next time, I love the taste, but the density is intense for what is a standard loaf. That being said, if you're looking to switch it up, try using red fife flour haha, it's good stuff. 2) I used about 2 3/4 cups of flour, slowly incorporating the last 3/4 cup of flour. 3) Just wanted to let people know that I didn't use a mixer, no dough hook, just a big bowl, and slowly mixed the ingredients together until they were incorporated. Don't be affraid people, it worked, and I'm not genius at this stuff. Ok that's it, thanks all!

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