Classic White Bread Recipe

April 27th, 2010  | Category: Bread

Classic White Bread Recipe

I always feel like I’ve accomplished something grand when I bake bread. I really don’t know why. Considering some of the recipes I’ve tackled in the past, it certainly doesn’t rank high on the difficulty scale. For instance, nothing would compare to these croissants. You don’t need to break the recipe down to multiple days as I did with this chocolate cake. Juicing a stubborn fruit isn’t involved for sure. And you don’t even need to strain pounds of cheese for it.

If you don’t count the time it takes to rise and bake, this classic white bread recipe takes less time than most of the cookie recipes in this blog. Yet somehow, I feel extremely proud.

Classic White Bread Recipe 2

The recipe is from Martha Stewart Living’s February 2010 issue. There are three more variations mentioned in the magazine; multigrain, cinnamon-raisin and rye. I love it when you can tweak the recipe effortlessly and come up with completely different results.

It promises everything I look for in a freshly-baked, perfect loaf of bread: Golden brown crust with a tender and flavorful interior.

Wait until you see what I did with two slices of this bread. Soon!

Update: Here’s what I did: Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Toast.

Classic White Bread Recipe 1


Recipe from Martha Stewart Living February 2010 issue.

Makes two loaves


  • 1 tbsp plus 1+1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2+1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 tbsp+ 2 tsp honey
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pans
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tbsp coarse salt


  1. Sprinkle yeast over half a cup of warm water, add 2 tsp of honey and whisk to dissolve the yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes, then transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Add butter, remaining water and honey.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk flour with salt.
  3. Add 3 cups of the flour mixture to yeast and mix on low speed until smooth.
  4. Add remaining flour, one cup at a time, mixing until dough comes away from sides of bowl and forms a slightly sticky ball.
  5. Butter a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  6. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, shape into a bowl and transfer to the buttered bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until it doubles in volume, about an hour. (You may freeze half of the dough at this point to bake later.)
  7. Butter two 4.5*8.5 inch loaf pans. Punch dough down, divide in half, shape into an 8.5 inch rectangle, fold long sides in to the middle, overlapping slightly. Press seam to seal and transfer dough, seam side down, to the loaf pan.
  8. Dust each loaf with flour, cover loosely with plastic and let stand until dough rises about an inch above tops of pans, about 45 minutes.
  9. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450F.
  10. Reduce oven temperature to 400F and bake, rotating pans after 20 minutes, until tops are golden brown, for a total of 45 minutes.
  11. Let cool completely before slicing.
  12. Loaves can be stored at room temperature for three days or frozen for up to three months.
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  1. 1 - özge on April 27th, 2010

    yoksa o çirkin ördek kekinin içinde bu ekmek mi var?

  2. 2 - Cenk on April 27th, 2010

    özge – 🙂 Bu ekmek tarifini Türkçe sitede yayınlayalı bir buçuk ay olmuş. Ancak vakit bulabildim.

  3. 3 - Soma on April 27th, 2010

    bookmarked. have been looking for a perfect white bread recipe. This has ended my search Looks fantastic.

  4. 4 - sandra on April 27th, 2010

    There must be something in the air.. I’m much more familiar with artisan bread baking (after all, I’m french 😉 ) but look what i made yesterday:
    I used King Arthur’s classic white bread recipe and made delicious cheese panini..
    Can’t wait to see what you did with yours: I’m it’ll give me a good reason to try your recipe next 😉

  5. 5 - Cherine on April 27th, 2010

    This bread is PERFECT and beautiful!

  6. 6 - Joanne on April 27th, 2010

    It’s so funny you say this because I feel the same way! Nothing makes me feel better than pulling a fresh loaf of bread out of the oven. This looks delicious. Love that crumb!

  7. 7 - Ghille on April 28th, 2010

    My lifelong passion has been baking bread. I have a wonderful recipe from the depression era that produces 9 loaves at a time, it is called ‘farmstyle bread’. When I make this recipe, I hang bags on my neighbors doors and share the wealth!

    I do not have a mixer with a ‘dough hook’…all my bread is strictly ‘hand made’!

    It does cause a real feeling os satisfaction to use these basic ingredients and produce the soul satisfying taste of home and hearth!

    Well done Cenk!! I’ll try your recipe soon!

  8. 8 - Tupper on April 28th, 2010

    I love the rich brown color of your crust- looks super- 2 thumbs up from this breadhead!

  9. 9 - Nick on April 28th, 2010

    Nice looking loaf of bread. I really like the look of the crust on it. Very nice.

  10. 10 - Nisrine@Dinners & Dreams on April 29th, 2010

    What a beautiful bread, Cenk. I have all the ingredients for it so I will be making it soon.

  11. 11 - Window On The Prairie on April 29th, 2010

    Looks so tasty. My favorite is a wheat bread recipe that contains honey. I made is last week and did a post about it.

  12. 12 - my little expat kitchen on May 2nd, 2010

    I agree with you that bread baking is extremely satisfying. I don’t make my own bread often, although I’d like to. I’ve had many hits and misses over the years with bread but I never give up! Your loaf looks fantastic, even though I prefer whole-wheat bread.

  13. 13 - nidhi on May 5th, 2010


    Wat a beautiful looking loaf! I feel like grabbing a slice straight off.
    I have 1 tiny question, sometimes when I bake bread the crust/ top comeso ut to be too hard. Is there any solution for that?
    Thanks! and happy baking 🙂

  14. 14 - Cenk on May 5th, 2010

    nidhi – Thanks. You might want to try brushing it with a bit of milk before putting it in the oven. That always makes it somewhat softer.

  15. 15 - Sarah on August 5th, 2010

    Whoa. This looks super. Can this be halved?

  16. 16 - Cenk on August 9th, 2010

    Sarah – Sure. Hope you like it.

  17. 17 - Robert on August 20th, 2010

    Bread is a knack. Sometime higher, sometimes tighter, sometimes crunchier, sometimes not so good at all. Bread cooking almost reflects you mood sometimes better, sometimes worse and yet, a fresh loaf first thing in the morning will always brighten your mood, especially one that, rises just so, that crust up just right and smells like, hmm, being alive.

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