The best white fluffy white bread recipe

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Soft white bread recipe for any occasion


Bread is a staple of our diet and having the smell of nice home made light loaf of bread wafting through your house cannot be beaten. Try our fluffy white bread recipe to enjoy a delicious light loaf

Dish Info

Serves: Plenty

Preparation Time: 2 hours



My version of fluffy white bread. It comes out perfect every time. We love it.

A quick fluffy white bread recipe

I make this bread more than twice a week. It tastes best when it is freshly made but can last a couple of days too.

Loaf of bread soft white bread recipe

It is possible to double up the recipe and then freeze one of the loaves. A quick tip – before freezing the loaf, slice the bread up. Then when you need just one or two slices of bread, grab them from the freezer and blast them for 10 seconds in the microwave.

When making my dough for this soft white bread recipe I vary between using the mixer or kneading by hand. The key to a good strong dough takes time to work out, but when it is ready it should look smooth and not stringy. It should give a bit of resistance when pulling it and will make a light loaf.

One thing to bear in mind with this fluffy white bread recipe dough mix is that it is a fairly wet dough. Handling it takes a bit of getting used to. In order to handle wet dough without it sticking to you try:

  • Wetting your hands with water
  • Rubbing some olive oil on your hands will allow you to handle a sticky dough for a light loaf

Either of the above methods should help keep the dough from sticking to you. A chopstick or spatula will help scrape off any excess you may have. For a successful soft white bread recipe the dough should not be dry, and it should be sticky.

Ingredients

4 – 5 (american) cups bread flour
1 1/2 tbsp. melted butter
2 1/4 tsp. Yeast
32g sugar
1/2 tbsp salt
96ml (96g) luke warm water (for mixing yeast)
295ml (295g) luke warm water

Soft White Bread Recipe Method

In a jug mix the yeast well with 96g of water. The water should be luke warm which means around 30-40C. Too hot and the yeast will be killed. Too cold and it won’t start working, so be careful with getting this right for a successful light loaf. Leave it for 10 minutes to mix properly and start working. If it’s working properly you should see some bubbles starting to develop. Active yeast is important to getting this fluffy white bread recipe being an actually fluffy light loaf.

In the mixing bowl, place 3 cups of flour, butter, sugar and yeast mix. Start mixing in gently. To measure your flour out, I recommend using a quality cups measuring set such as this stainless steel set available online.

Pour in the rest of the water and mix. Then gradually pour in the salt. Ideally the salt should go in as late as possible to avoid it from stopping the yeast from working. To be successful with this soft white bread recipe, the salt needs to be added as late in the mixing process as possible so as not to kill off the active yeast.

Now the skills are required. You need to add in another 1 – 2 cups of flour to bring the dough to a maliable but not dry mix. Too wet and it becomes impossible to handle, too dry and it won’t rise nicely. Be patient with getting this right, it might take a few goes at baking bread but it is worth it once you get your mojo and you can bake a light loaf no problem.

Keep kneading the mix until you get a strong dough which gives back a bit when stretching it. Can take up to 10/15 mins for it to come together (sometimes more/sometimes less). Obviously this process can be made a whole lot easier if you are making your soft light loaf dough in a food mixer. Choose a food mixer with a dough hook to make this part of the process easy.

Once you have dough, cover the mixing bowl and leave the dough to rise until it is doubled in size. This can take up to 2/3 hours in the UK, but also quick (45 mins if it’s warm). It helps to have a good selection of mixing bowls available in order to make sure you have the right size for the amount of dough you will make when it rises.

Food mixer with dough hook for a light loaf
Choose a food mixer with optional dough hook for easy kneading

Knock It Back

Now you are at the stage called “knocking back the dough”. This means beating the air out of it then allow it to prove (rise) again. This all helps build strength for this soft white bread recipe to produce a nice light loaf.

Take the dough out of the bowl and flatten it out by hand. Then make a rectangular shape and roll it tightly up.

Rub butter around the inside of a bread tin to grease it up (to stop the bread sticking) and then place the rolled dough in your bread tin.

Cover with an upturned carrier bag or bigger bowl and leave the dough to prove (rise) for 30 mins until it just pops out the top of the bread tin.

Place the bread in to a preheated oven at 200C for 30 minutes (turn the bread around at 15 mins to allow an even bake).

If this soft white bread recipe has gone well then you should be able to take the light loaf of bread out when done and place on a cooling rack.

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Non Stick Bread Tins

Choosing the right kind of tin to put cook your bread in is obviously a key part to making things cook nicely and work out. Check out these options for non stick bread tins. Get a good quality tin to ensure your bread does not tear up when trying to get it out of the tin.

To help with stopping the cooked loaf stick, make sure to use a margarine or oil in the bottom of the tin before putting in the dough in before baking.

Fluffy White Loaf Of Bread

A tasty fluffy white loaf of bread easy to make
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: bread, bread flour, flour, loaf, white bread, yeast

Equipment

  • Bread tin
  • Mixer (optional)
  • Dough scraper (optional but makes it easier)

Ingredients

  • 96 ml water
  • 295 ml water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 32 g sugar
  • 4-5 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 tbsp salt

Instructions

  • In a jug mix the yeast well with 96g of water. The water should be luke warm which means around 30-40C. Too hot and the yeast will be killed. Too cold and it won't start working, so be careful with getting this right. Leave it for 10 minutes to mix properly and start working. If it's working properly you should see some bubbles starting to develop.
  • In the mixing bowl, place 3 cups of flour, butter, sugar and yeast mix. Start mixing in gently.
  • Pour in the rest of the water and mix. Then gradually pour in the salt. Ideally the salt should go in as late as possible to avoid it from stopping the yeast from working.
  • Now the skills are required. You need to add in another 1 – 2 cups of flour to bring the dough to a maliable but not dry mix. Too wet and it becomes impossible to handle, too dry and it won't rise nicely. Be patient with getting this right, it might take a few goes at baking bread but it is worth it once you get your mojo.
  • Keep kneading the mix until you get a strong dough which gives back a bit when stretching it. Can take up to 10/15 mins for it to come together (sometimes more/sometimes less)
  • Once you have dough, cover the mixing bowl and leave the dough to rise until it is doubled in size. This can take up to 2/3 hours in the UK, but also quick (45 mins if it's warm)
  • Take the dough out of the bowl and flatten it out by hand. Then make a rectangular shape and roll it tightly up.
  • Rub butter around the inside of a bread tin to grease it up (to stop the bread sticking) and then place the rolled dough in your bread tin
  • Cover with an upturned carrier bag or bigger bowl and leave the dough to prove (rise) for 30 mins until it just pops out the top of the bread tin.
  • Place the bread in to a preheated oven at 200C for 30 minutes (turn the bread around at 15 mins to allow an even bake).
  • Take the bread out when done and place on a cooling rack.
    Bread and buns

Notes

The instructions here are for a loaf of bread. If you would like buns, split the dough after the initial rise into golf ball size balls and leave them to prove on a piece of greaseproof paper.
These only need 30 mins to prove and the cook them in the oven for just 12 minutes.

Use this fluffy white bread recipe elsewhere

This fluffy white bread recipe can be made into either one large soft loaf of bread or you can make it into 10 or so smaller bread rolls. A bread roll can be used to complement one of our slow cooker recipes to add a nice smaller light loaf side snack.

You can also use this soft white bread recipe to make smaller hot dog rolls or burger buns to go with one of our bbq recipes.

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Did you make this soft white bread recipe? Did you get a light loaf?

Leave me a comment and tell me how this soft white bread recipe worked for you? Was your bread a nice light loaf or did you have to try a few times? Would you recommend our soft white bread recipe to your friends?

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