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. Looks beautiful! I love making bread from scratch.

  3. Never made my own bread but yours looks delicious.

  4. Yummy!!

  5. The Woodall family
    The Woodall family

    that looks SO good…We will be trying this recipe this week, for sure!

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

  7. 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

  8. I love bread that doesn't come out of a breadmaker! Now my stomach is growling…

  9. Yum! Homemade bread is the best!

  10. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace

    Sounds wonderful and that bread looks so good!!!

  11. 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! 🙂

  12. Meal Planning with Connie
    Meal Planning with Connie

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

    Many blessings!

  13. 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!

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

  15. 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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