Country White Bread

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My grandma’s easy country white bread recipe. This is a thick, rustic bread with perfect texture and flavor. Make in the bread machine or in the oven.

We get rave reviews on our dinner roll recipe. Have you tried it yet?

Homemade bread is one of our favorite things, whether it is wheat bread or sandwich buns. Today we’re talking all about classic homemade bread!


I am (unfortunately) in a house that usually doesn’t normally have white bread sitting around. We generally have wheat bread, which I guess I’ve gotten used to and now I think it is pretty good. But sometimes? I just want a piece of hearty, warm, homemade country white bread.

Grandma’s Homemade Bread

Our go to recipe is a beautiful golden brown bread loaf. This buttermilk country white bread is my grandma’s recipe. We have many good memories of this fresh bread being served at Grandma’s dinner table alongside pork chops, meatballs and roast beef.


Bread Machine White Bread

The great thing about this recipe is that it is simple and easy. If you have a bread maker, you can throw the ingredients in based on your bread machine specifications, and a couple of hours later you’ll have the perfect loaf of bread. It’s a great country white bread machine recipe. This is how my grandma makes this amazing bread.

**Pro Tip: Be sure to follow the instructions for adding ingredients to the bread maker. Each machine is slightly different!**


Knead Bread Dough with Mixer

We don’t have a bread maker, so we use our stand mixer to mix the dough, then knead with the dough hook let the stand mixer do the job of kneading the dough for 5-7 minutes.  The dough should be stretchy (and not break when you stretch it).

We put the mixer on low speed. And watch it closely. Because the bread dough is thick, the mixer can sometimes move around on the countertop. We’ve had it fall off the counter before. Yikes!

Where do you put bread dough to rise?

Put the dough in a greased bowl and covered it to let it rise in a warm place. Our favorite warm place is the oven. Just turn it on to the lowest temperature setting for a minute or two to get it warm. Then turn off the oven and place the covered bowl of dough in the oven to rise for until it is doubled. This usually takes about 30 minutes.

You can also place the covered bowl in the sun…or even use your slow cooker to allow bread dough to rise!

How to Bake Homemade Bread


  • Cover the bread again and let it rise for 25 minutes or so in the pan.
  • Bake the bread at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes.

You should end up with a beautifully golden brown loaf of bread.


Homemade Bread for Sandwiches

This is a delicious homemade sandwich bread. The problem is that we have a hard time keeping our hands off it when it first comes out of the oven in order to have any leftovers for sandwiches.

What do you serve with homemade bread?

There are so many options!


Other Homemade Bread Recipes

Buttermilk Country White Bread Recipe
Buttermilk Country White Bread Recipe

Country White Bread

4.68 from 25 votes
A classic, simple, white bread recipe perfect as a side for dinner, or with a sandwich.
Servings 10 servings
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 1/3 cups bread flour *
  • 2 tablespoons dry buttermilk **
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt


  • Pour the warm water (between 95-115 degrees) in a stand mixer bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and wait about 5 minutes for the yeast to activate. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl. With the paddle attachment, mix the ingredients until they are just combined and completely moistened. Then take off the paddle attachment and replace it with the dough hook. Knead the bread on medium speed for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm space for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Punch the dough down.
  • Take the dough ball, form it into a loaf and put it in a greased loaf pan (I use a 9"x5" size). and let it rise again for about another 25 minutes.
  • Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.


The calories shown are based on the bread being cut into 10 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of bread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 192
Keyword homemade white bread, how to make bread, the best homemade bread

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Br. Paul Richards
3 years ago

Thank you for the bread recipe but it would be more inviting and accurate if you also included the main ingredients in grams or oz. More and more home-bakers are using inexpensive digital scales for their flour and other dry ingredients…some even for liquid one’s too. Once you reveal what your ” 1 cup of flour weighs” it would be easy for you to include flour weight in your recipes. Like 3 1/3 cups of flour ( 14 oz), that is if your 1 cup of flour is 4.25 oz. Some baker’s cup of flour weigh 5 oz! More and… Read more »

Diane M Cammer
1 year ago

Looks real good. Do not have bread machine anymore. Do not like to knead have bad shoulder and fingers. Do you have no knead yeast bread??

2 years ago

5 stars
I just made this bread recipe. I had been looking for a bread I would be happy to call my every day bread, and never get tired of. This is it!! Thank you so much for sharing! BTW; I made it in my machine on the dough cycle. Perfect!

2 years ago

I have so much trouble with making bread. I have a bread machine that should be the simplest… but nope not with me. I have a kitchen Aid stand mixer still nope not me either to wet or to dry. My ingredients are fresh and what it calls for. I have tried many different ones. Same thing. Why am I such a bread failure?

2 years ago

Why bread flour? I am quite sure in my grandma’s day there was no such thing, she just used plain flour. Doesn’t bread flour contain more protein and there create more gluten?

Rob Pileckis
2 years ago

5 stars
Perfection. Full of body, bakes evenly, slices cleanly. This is the one sandwich bread to make. Thanks!

2 years ago

I have a problem with my bread rising any suggestions

3 years ago

Can I use Baker’s Special Dry Milk from King Arthur Flour instead of the dried buttermilk? That’s what I have on hand.😃

Mary Dolan
3 years ago

I want to use fresh buttermilk but don’t know how much will equal 2TBSP of dry.

Kim Dack
3 years ago

I now live in the UK I had brought the dry buttermilk with me but have used it all up and can not find it here. I live by Hull in East Yorkshire England. I make buttermilk using milk and lemon juice could I use that instead of the dry and water? Kim

3 years ago

5 stars
I made this today! It turned out wonderful! Bread is tender & slices up nicely. I love recipes that have buttermilk incorporated. I took a picture, wished I could show you. Thank you so much for perfecting these recipes before we make them. Just perfect!

3 years ago

Can you just use liquid buttermilk? Same amount? I always have buttermilk in the fridge.

3 years ago

5 stars
Best bread recipe! Wonderful texture and flavor. This is now my go to recipe.

4 years ago

5 stars
I love your recipes,can I reduce the amount of sugar in the white bread recipe to half a tablespoon as we don’t like it to be sweet, Thanks you’re the best

4 years ago

Hi! Gonna make this Sunday, we are getting snowed in possibly lol! Is there a favorite method you use when greasing the bowl. I am very inexperienced with breads but want to give it a try! Do you use a certain spray or butter? Sorry if that is a silly