Quick Yeast Bread

"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."
photo by Billy Green photo by Billy Green
photo by Billy Green
photo by Anne B. photo by Anne B.
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
2 loaves




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

Questions & Replies

  1. okie dokie...i have made this recipe as close as i could twice now with fantastic results... i thought i would get a head start on the morning and get all of the dry prepped this evening...sooo, long story short, i put all 5 cups of flour in with all of the rest and mixed it up all nice then realized what i had done...i'm going to have to take a cup out in the a.m. and hope for the best..from the rest of the comments and my own limited experience, i think the recipe is almost foolproof...anyways, will keep you posted...
  2. Can I use instant yeast for the bread?
  3. When the directions say to rub hot breads with water, is that just taking a wet washcloth to it? How long should I leave the tea towel on the bread? I appreciate it. My house smells amazing.
  4. To make one loaf, is it 4 or 2 1/2 cups of flour?
  5. What oils are considered "cooking oil"? Will olive oil work well?


  1. I made this today and will be making again for me cooking time was 30 minutes.
    • Review photo by Anne B.
  2. 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)
  3. Made a ham & cheese roll-up with one half and cinnamon raisin with the other. Tasty!
  4. 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.
  5. So being a newish baker at 46, baking bread has been a huge goal for me to achieve. I totally added too much oil, added flour, water, salt, yeast, sugar and a whole lot of hope to compensate for my blunder. Low and behold the gods of baking two beautiful sexy delicious bread arose from my potential failing. The dough rose, then rose again. This is the first recipe that I managed to not taste or even smell the yeast at all. I know some people enjoy both the taste and smell of a hot yeasty loaf of bread but I do not, nor does my teen. I will use this recipe for all my future bread making. It was a total winner. Plus, no preactivating the yeast, just mix it in the dry ingredients. I mixed it all by hand as I don't have a mixer or even a bread machine. It was quick and easy. Highly recommend giving it a try! Love, love, love. Huge thank yous, warm crushing embraces and tender kisses for whom posted this recipe online.


  1. A few things. 1. ADD AN EGG!! you won't be sorry! 2. Instead of 1tsp of sugar, use 1 TBS. The sugar helps activate the yeast! 3. Instead of 1/4c oil, use that, PLUS 1/4 c melted butter! Add all that with plus your salt to the warm water and yeast and whisk to make a slurry BEFORE you add your flour. 4.Bump that oven down to 375. 400 is way too hot. And bake for 30 min not 40. I did this, and the result was fluffy, tender more flavorful delicious loaves of bread!
  2. The recipe was perfect as written!
  3. Used 3 packages quick acting yeast because they said they were 2-1/3 tsp. each. Then I added about 2 tbsp. crushed dried rosemary, 2 tbsp. dried minced onion, and about 2 teaspoons of garlic powder. I felt like having a little more flavor in the bread, didn't know how it'd work out. After the loaves were risen, I brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with crushed dried rosemary, it doesn't exactly show on the photos. Bread was fast, easy to make and really tasty!
    • Review photo by Chef-Mom-10
  4. I find 40 minutes a touch too long
  5. I used all whole wheat flour instead of white and added 2tbsp of wheat gluten, turned out great Also used olive oil


I was born and raised in South Africa but now live in Delaware USA. Since I can remember I have been cooking! My first real cooking experience was when I was 7. I came home from school one afternoon and felt like French toast. My elder brother was home with his friends and did not want to make it for me, so I got a pan out, put it on the stove, turned the stove on to high. After that I could not remember what to do, but I knew that French toast involved bread so I put the bread in the hot pan without grease and poured milk over it! Oy vey... My brother's friend asked me what I was trying to make and I told him. He laughed and told me I was making it wrong but he also taught me how to make French toast the right way. I came home every day after that and made French toast. I felt so confident with the little bit of knowledge I had acquired that I soon started experimenting with other things. Nothing was going to stop me! The first full meal I ever made for my family was boiled rice and oven roasted chicken pieces with a steamed vegetable medley. I was 8 years old and my mom was in hospital. My dad was struggling to hold down an intensely busy job, keep the family going and be with my mom, so I thought I would help him. I don't think he believed that I had done it on my own. I remember telling him that I read in a cookery book how to make a roast chicken but I did not know what "a" rosemary was so I just put the chicken in the dish without it. Decades later with a myriad tried and tested recipes behind me - flops and failures included - I know my way around any food item and kitchen utensil, much to my family's delight!
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