Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 40 mins

If you don't have a bread machine, this is the easiest yeast dough recipe by far. There is no overbearing yeast flavour and it is a good dense bread. Please note: time to make includes rising time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put 4 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar and salt into large bowl.
  2. Pour in hot water and oil and mix until combined- it will be sticky.
  3. Add the remaining flour in increments until dough is no longer sticky.
  4. Knead for about 5 minutes until dough is elastic and smooth.
  5. Place dough back into bowl and cover with a damp teatowel and let it rise until double its size- about 1/2 hour.
  6. Punch it down and divide dough into two pieces.
  7. Roll pieces long enough to fill two well oiled loaf pans and leave to rise until dough has reached the rim of the pan.
  8. Bake at 400F for 40 minutes.
  9. Rub hot breads with water and wrap in a teatowel to'sweat' to soften the crust.


Most Helpful

WOW! This bread was simple and awesome! My GF was wanting some bread but it is too cold and rainy to go out so I said I'd make some. My old recipe called for 3.5 hours and that was just too long! I saw this recipe, and thought we'd give it a try. I did end up adding about 1/2 cup more flour because my dough was too sticky after mixing. Then, I didn't have bread pans so after punching it down and dividing it, I just placed the loaves on a jelly pan diagonally. I baked at the prescribed time and temperature, and all the while the fresh bread aroma was wafting through the house. The crust was softened with water and a towel, cut, buttered, and then woofed down! This bread was perfect and better yet, my GF was happy so that meant I was happy! 5 Stars :o)

Charlie Tuna! December 02, 2013

I've been using this recipe for over 2 years and LOVE IT! I have altered the flour amount so I could make it using some rye flour and added gluten to ensure it would be light and it is perfection plus. My grandkids love Grandma's homemade bread. Thank you for sharing this great bread recipe with us.

Breadie January 09, 2014

Easy and fast. I exchanger 2cups white flour for 2 cups whole wheat. Also added 12 cup flax seed and 12 cup sunflower or seeds. It's a nice moist bread that seems to lend itself, easily to slight alterations in flour type and additions of nuts, seeds or even dried fruit.

Renee C. March 13, 2015

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