Homemade Yeast Bread

Hubby brought in our first ripe tomato from his garden a few weeks ago. To me, nothing tastes better than a garden tomato sandwich on homemade bread! So I got to baking! My hubby said this was the softest, most delicious bread I’ve ever made! Recipe will be at the bottom of this post.

I wasn’t planning on writing a post about this, but did take a few photos for my Instagram so that’s why I’m not showing you step-by-step the way I normally do.
Below you will see the dough once it has all come together. I used exactly the 5.5 cups of all purpose flour that the recipe called for, I think that was a first for me. Typically, I need to add extra flour. However, it does depend on the amount of moisture in the air the day you are baking, so you may need to add more.
I used my Kitchen-aid mixer with the dough hook. After the dough came together and I kneaded it for the 3-5 minutes on a floured surface. I cleaned my Kitchen-aid bowl and then oiled it with some vegetable oil. I always wondered why you need to do that, but it’s because the oil helps the dough rise easily up the sides the bowl. I then covered the bowl and placed it in a warm spot to rise.

Dough after it has all come together.
Do you like the fancy bowl cover I made? I just took a piece of cotton material, cut out a large circle and hemmed the edges. Then I took some elastic and fished it through the hem and sewed the ends together.

This is my bread after it came out of the oven!! It smelled heavenly!

We couldn’t wait until it cooled to cut it and make our tomato/mayo sandwich!

Recipe for Homemade Bread


  • 2 cups warm water (about 105 degrees, not too hot or it will kill the yeast)

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1.5 Tablespoons of dry yeast

  • 1.5 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 5.5 cups all purpose flour


  • Dissolve sugar in warm water, add yeast and let it proof. (it will begin to bubble when proofing) Mix vegetable oil into mixture once it has proofed.
  • Mix flour and salt in a separate bowl.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet mixture, 1 cup at a time. Stir/Mix until it forms a soft dough. Knead 3-5 minutes and no longer sticky. (see note)
    Place into a greased bowl, coat all sides of the dough and cover in warm place until double in size.
    *Note: I used my Kitchen-aid mixer with the dough hook.
  • Punch down and divide dough in half, shape into a loaf, and place into greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise again for 30-40 minutes or until dough has risen slightly above the sides of the pan.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter while still warm. Makes 2 loaves.

If you like baking bread, check out my other recipe for crusty bread!

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