Homemade White Bread – Soft Crumb

There’s nothing quite like homemade white bread. And I’ve been baking A LOT of it lately thanks to the pandemic.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, I used to go to a small Amish-run restaurant in a nearby town. I’d always order their potato soup with homemade white bread. While the soup was delicious, what I remember most was their bread. It had a slightly sweet flavor, soft crumb, and firm texture. This is my best effort to replicate that amazing bread.

This recipe makes two 9x5x3-inch loaves. If you choose to freeze one loaf for later, wrap it well with plastic wrap and store it in a large zippered bag.

If you enjoyed this recipe, check out my recipe for Multi-grain Sourdough and Cinnamon Bread in my cookbook Beach House Brunch found on amazon. 🙂

classic soft white bread
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5 from 3 votes

White Bread

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade white bread recipe, white bread
Servings: 6
Calories: 600kcal



  • Whisk the water, ¼ cup sugar and yeast in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes to activate yeast.
  • Add the butter, remaining sugar and salt to a Kitchen Aid bowl and stir to combine. Add the flour, followed by the yeast mixture and mix on low speed with the hook attachment for 2 minutes. Transfer the dough to an oiled stainless steel bowl, cover with a dish towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Grease two 9x5x3 loaf pans and set aside. Punch down dough and divide into 2 equal pieces. Roll each into the shape of a log and place into the prepared loaf pans. Cover with a dish towel and let rise in a warm place until dough rises just above the top of the pans, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk the egg white well and brush over each loaf. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely on counter before slicing.


Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 6mg