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.

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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

4.67 from 18 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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8 years ago

I don’t have a mixer! Is there any way to do this recipe by hand or would it be too difficult? Thank you and I’m a big fan of your site! Love all these recipes! My family is also trying to go on a grain free diet and it seems so bland until you see great recipes like the ones on here! Thank you!

8 years ago

My mixer doesn’t have paddle attachment, just a dough attachment and whisk attachment(not the wire but a more steady and harder one) and I do have a hand whisker. What do I use in place of the paddle attachment? I really like your recipe and can’t wait to bake ! Thank you 🙂

6 years ago

Could I substitute dry buttermilk with dry milk powder instead?

6 years ago

I love to bake fresh bread–so great and does remind me of my grandparents as well. I have to give this a try with the dry buttermilk–I have yet to use that product.

Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
6 years ago

This looks so great and super easy! There’s nothing like homemade bread!

6 years ago

Love recipes that are associated with such great memories! I could go for a big hunk of this bread right now!

Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen
6 years ago

Fresh homemade bread warm from the oven slathered with butter – that is my number one weakness! And even with white flour, homemade is still so much better than anything you can find packaged. Your loaf looks lovely – grandma recipes are always the best 🙂

6 years ago

This looks so fluffy and tender! I love baking bread and I love buttermilk too. I’ll be trying this really soon. I bet it would make amazing BLTs.

Sammy Jo
5 years ago

5 stars
Fantastic !!!!! I followed the recipe exactly as written with perfect results on my first loaf. I have made this many times as written and a few times using regular buttermilk I needed to use up. This resulted in a bit different texture crumb but wonderful flavor. Than you for sharing your family recipe!

Joan H>
4 years ago

Can I make the dough in my bread machine.

3 years ago

Where do I find dried buttermilk. I haven’t seen it in the grocery store

3 years ago

I love making bread I have my mom bread recipe I don’t use a bread machine I make all by hand. can you tell me why sometime after I cook it . It dry could you tell me why it does this ? My grandma would make her bread and freeze it and it would be like she just made it but I don’t have her recipe . I really hope you can help me.

3 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

2 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

2 years ago

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