Homemade Bread Recipe – Dairy and Egg Free

Bread out of pans

This bread recipe has been my #1 bread recipe for over 3 years now, it’s a must-have on the Thanksgiving menu, and it’s really not difficult to make!

Bread Ingredients

2 cups water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
5-5 1/2 cups bread flour

Bread other stuff

Other things you will need:
large bowl for mixing
very large bowl for rising (as in, a really, really big bowl!)
thermometer (a digital instant read thermometer is a valuable kitchen tool!)
2 loaf pans
shortening & wax paper to grease pans, plus fine cornmeal to dust them with (optional)
plastic wrap to cover dough while rising
mixer (a stand mixer makes this a snap!)
clean surface for kneading (I like to use a silicone baking mat if not using my mixer)

Bread water tempBread allow to foam

Place the sugar and yeast in your large mixing bowl. Heat the water to 105-115 degrees (this takes about 1 minute and 5 seconds in my 1200 watt microwave.) Add the water to the yeast & sugar in the bowl, mix and allow to stand for about 10 minutes.

Bread oil in bowlBread oil bowl
Bread oil plastic wrap

While that’s happening, I go ahead and add a dab of oil to my very (very) large bowl and use a piece of wax paper to spread it/coat the bowl. Then I lay a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and use the wax paper to oil the plastic wrap as well. This is what I will let the dough rise in, and the oiled plastic wrap does a great job of keeping it covered/moist without sticking!

Bread proofed

After 10 minutes, your water/yeast/sugar mixture should look foamy. If it doesn’t, your water may have been too hot or too cold, or your yeast may be old!

Bread add flourBread mix 2 mins

Add salt, oil and three cups of bread flour, then mix for two minutes.

Bread add addl flour stir

Stir in two more cups of bread flour to make a stiff dough, then transfer to your clean, floured kneading surface (or switch to the dough hook in your mixer.)

Bread add addl flour as neededBread knead

Add just enough flour to keep it from sticking, and knead for 10 minutes by hand, or about 5 minutes in a stand mixer with dough hook.

Bread soft and elastic

When you’re finished, the dough should be smooth and elastic.

Bread place in bowlBread turn to coat
Bread cover with plastic wrap

Place the dough in your oiled bowl, turn to coat all sides, and cover with your oiled plastic wrap (oiled side down!) Put the bowl in a warm place to rise until doubled (about an hour to an hour and a half.) If you let the dough rise too long, it will taste yeasty, so you can stop the process by putting it in the refrigerator if you need to finish later. Allow the dough to come to room temp before moving on if you do that! Naturally, I got distracted and forgot to take a picture of the dough risen in the bowl!!

Bread greasing pansBread sprinkle with cornmeal

When the dough has finished it’s first rise, grease your loaf pans with shortening, making sure to get all the corners. If you wish, you can sprinkle the pans with fine cornmeal, then tap the pans to coat and remove the excess.

Bread shape into loavesBread cut gashes

Punch down the dough and divide it in half. Shape each piece into a loaf, place in a pan and (if desired) cut gashes in the top with sharp, clean kitchen shears. Cover again with well oiled plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled.

Bread risen

Preheat the oven to 375 with a rack in the center, and carefully remove the plastic wrap to avoid deflating the loaves.

Bread baked

Bake for 30 minutes, until the top of the loaves are golden brown. The loaf should also sound hollow when you tap on the bottom of it. I like to slightly under-cook one of the loaves, tightly wrap it and freeze it. Then I can just thaw it in the fridge overnight, warm/finish baking it and have it with dinner another night!

Bread out of pans

Remove the bread from the pans as soon as you are able to, so the crust doesn’t get soggy. I like to slide a knife around the edges, then use oven mitts to pick up the pan and flip it onto a rack. Then I place another rack on the bottom of the loaf and flip it back over.

Bread sliced

The bread slices best when it is cool enough to touch the outside (it will still be warm on the inside.)

Bread slices

Top with your favorite buttery spread, jam, jelly, apple butter or (my favorite) Nutella! Yum! Excellent dipped in soup or thinly sliced and topped with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes & basil.


Fitteds and Pockets and Snappis, oh my!


  1. 4

    I love fresh bread, especially made at home. This looks like an easy recipe I could try since I don’t have a bread-making machine. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5
    Samantha says:

    I havent made a lot of bread, and I’m wondering, can you make dinner rolls with the same recipe?

  3. 6

    Samantha, I have shaped it into a french loaf & baked on a cookie sheet before, but I’ve never tried dinner rolls! They might be a little crusty. :-)


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