Perfect White Bread


Learn how long to bake bread with this perfectly simple and perfectly good white bread.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
2 9x5-inch loaves


  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon shortening

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 6 cups bread flour

  • cooking spray


  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it bubbles. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, salt, and shortening. Cool to lukewarm.

  2. While milk mixture is cooling, dissolve yeast in warm water and let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes.

  3. Combine cooled milk mixture with yeast mixture in a large mixing bowl. Stir in 2 cups flour, then add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to make a moderately stiff dough.

  4. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour 20 minutes.

  5. Lightly grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans.

  6. Punch down dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into 2 balls, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes. Shape dough into 2 loaves and place into the prepared pans; let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  8. Bake loaves in the preheated oven until the tops are golden and loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

16 Calories
1g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 16
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 162mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Calcium 19mg 1%
Potassium 29mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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