All purpose white bread

I have one tried and true white bread recipe that I call on for all of our holiday baking, calzones, pizza crusts, cheesy bread, bread rolls and sticks, and sandwich bread.  As I think of them, I will list the different applications you can use this bread for, and the baking instructions.  But it all comes together the same way:


  • 2c warm water
  • 2tb yeast
  • 2tb honey or sugar
  • 1/4c vegetable oil
  • 2 ts salt
  • 5-6 cups white bread flour


  1. Combine the warm water, yeast and honey or sugar. Let these sit together to ‘foam’ or ‘proof’. The sugar will feed the yeast and make it start foaming in the water.  This is what gives your bread its rise.  If your yeast does not foam, your yeast may be too old.
  2. Add vegetable oil, flour (start with 5 cups) and salt.  Begin mixing until the flour is well mixed in.  The dough should be able to form a ball. Continue adding flour until the dough is no longer so sticky that it sticks to your fingers.  If you are using an electric mixer, the dough should have cleaned the sides of the bowl.
  3. Knead about 10 minutes after your dough is easy to handle, if you are using a mixer you can reduce this time to 5 minutes.   Then let it sit in a greased bowl, covered, until it has doubled in size.  In a warm kitchen this may be as quick as half hour or so.
  4. Punch down the dough and form how you want them.  Then, bake according to the following applications:

Note – as I put together the following recipes, I will link them here so you have complete instructions. 

Garlic Pull Apart Bread – 350F for 25 minutes or so.

Bread Bowls – 15 minutes +/- at 400F

Loaves ~ makes 2, bake at 350F for 20 minutes +/-

Pizza ~ makes 2 larges, divide into smaller balls to make more small pizzas.  Bake at 450F for 7-10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted. NO RISE NEEDED.  Form pizzas as soon as dough has been kneaded.

Pretzel Bites, Pretzel Pizza

Calzones – 400F 10-15 minutes.  NO RISE NEEDED.  Form calzones as soon as dough as been kneaded.

Cheesy bread – 500F on parchment paper, half a batch makes 1 cookie sheets worth of cheesy bread, 9-10 minutes

Rolls, sticks – 350F 20 minutes +/-


To Freeze:

Wrap dough in plastic wrap after it’s second rise and store in the freezer.  To thaw, let it sit out all night before using.

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