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Basic White Bread Recipe

Baking bread is a therapeutic experience. For those who bake their bread once will always crave for more. This basic white bread recipe is majorly just 5 ingredients.  Rest are all add-ons or whatever you prefer to add as per your taste.

Course baking
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword baking, basic bread, bread recipe, tips and tricks of bread, tips of bread making, white bread
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Avin Kohli


  • 3 cups APF/maida
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tsp milk powder optional
  • 1 cup lukewarm water less of more as required
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp melted butter optional
  • 2 tsp milk optional


  1. Mix flour, oil, salt, sugar, yeast together. Start adding water till it all comes together in a sticky dough.
  2. Now on a clean surface spread some flour and start kneading the dough. It will help in developing the gluten in flour and it will eventually come together. If not add a little bit flour at a time(don't be tempted to add too much). I have kneaded for about 7 mins.
  3. Oil a deep dish and place the dough in the middle. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for 90mins. This process of leaving the dough to rise is called proofing.
  4. If the weather is warm 90 mins will be enough for the dough to double and rise. If whether is not on your side leave for a extra 30 mins.
  5. Once doubled punch the dough down and knead enough to a smooth dough.
  6. Shape in the form of your pan and place it carefully in the loaf tin so that it matches the size. Now again for the second proofing let it rest for 30 mins.
  7. Brush the top with milk.
  8. Bake at 170°C for 30-35 mins. Make sure to rotate the bread half way while baking.
  9. Brush with butter after baking.
  10. Let it cool down completely and slice the next day.
  11. Enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

I know you may feel intimidated to make your own bread at home but I hope I have broken it down enough to make it easy for you to try it once at least.

Its a lot to ask that "slice the bread next day" but trust me it will be worth it.