Our Daily Bread: Simple White

The littles had it with pasta for lunch and we ate it with a hearty stew for dinner

I had a very successful bread baking day yesterday. Just a basic white bread recipe but it turned out wonderfully. I don’t have a bread-maker and I don’t really want one either. I have enough gadgets. I want to simplify, to downsize, to go back to the basics.

I am thankful for physical bread (especially with butter) that provides physical nourishment but more so for the Bread of Life!

Basic White Bread

(adapted from a recipe in The Bread by Hand E-book)

Mix Together in a wooden or glass bowl:

  • 1/2 TBSP Active Dry Yeast
  • 375ml Warm Water
  • 1/2 TBSP Honey
  • 2 1/2 cups of Flour

Let stand for 10 minutes then add:

  • 2 TBSP Sugar
  • 1 or 2 TBSP Honey
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Butter

Mix well and then add an additional 1 3/4 cups of flour. Dump out onto a floured surface and work an additional 1/4 cup flour into the dough. You may need to add up to an additional 1/2 cup of flour depending on the humidity etc. but for today’s I needed less than 2 cups! Knead well then place in an oiled bowl (oil top of your dough too) and covered with a floured towel. Let rise for 1 hour. Give a few quick kneads and then pinch off into 2 loaves. Score top and let rise again for about an hour. Bake at 350 deg F for approx 30 minutes.


  1. Way to go! I think making your own bread is wonderful. Nothing better smelling or tasting!
    Good job.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I have wanted to make a bread for a while. Never heard of using honey in bread. Have to try!

  3. I would love to be able to make this daily for my family think I will make fresh bread my goal for the fall season

  4. A wonderful bread recipe to add to my collection! It looks and sounds great and is fairly easy to make too! Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂

  5. I have been wanting to give bread making a try! This looks like the perfect recipe!

    Many blessings!

  6. Yum. Sounds good. I was just thinking about making my own bread yesterday at the farmers market when I saw a loaf for $7.95!! I'll have to try this one out. Thanks!

  7. I am always encouraged to see young wives and mothers making their own bread. Way to go!! Your bread looks wonderful. Great blog!!

  8. okay
    I saved this link, and I am actually going to try it today. I specifically did not buy bread for this meal (pasta) because I wanted some motivation to make it.
    Wish me luck.
    Staci @ teaching money to kids

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