Classic White Bread Recipe {Made with Milk}

With everyone at home and baking, I thought I’d publish this recipe for Classic White Bread made with milk and has a nice crispy crust. This Basic White Bread Recipe is easy and makes two delicious loaves of bread for everyone to enjoy. Come on in and I’ll share the recipe with you…

easy white bread recipe

Easy Classic White Bread

Bread recipes are some of my favorite recipes to eat and share with you all. They may not be great for the waistline, but they are so delicious. Like this recipe for cinnamon rolls made with frozen bread dough, or this simple recipe for cheesy garlic bread.

White Bread with a crispy crust

This bread is a nice basic white bread recipe.

Basic white bread recipe

It’s a great recipe for sandwiches. 

crusty white bread recipe

Of course, I love to smear butter on warm bread. To me, there is nothing better than homemade bread – fresh out of the oven, with melted butter.

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My kids, thankfully, feel the same way. They couldn’t wait for the bread to come out of the oven. 

easy white bread recipe

Two loaves didn’t last long at our house. 

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What can you add into a classic white bread recipe?

  • cheese
  • herbs
  • cinnamon 
  • garlic
  • raisins
  • dried fruit and more! 

How long should you knead bread?

  • If you are hand kneading bread, you should knead it for about 10 minutes. It should be elastic. Kneading until it is elastic, develops the gluten and the bread can rise properly

How do you know if white bread is done? 

  • The crust should be golden
  • When you tap the bottom of the loaf, it will sound hollow inside 


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Here’s the recipe for this Classic White Bread with a Crispy Crust…

easy white bread recipe

Classic White Bread Recipe {with Milk}

Easy White Bread Recipe with a nice crispy crust. 
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Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
resting and rising: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 1683cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $10


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 4&1/2 tsp. active dry yeast or 2 packets
  • 8&1/2 cups flour approximate – divided (all-purpose flour)
  • 2&3/4 cups milk 2% or whole
  • ¼ cup butter melted


  • In a large mixing bowl or mixer, mix the sugar, salt, yeast and only 3 cups of the flour
  • In a saucepan, over low heat, heat the milk and 4 Tbsp. of butter to about 130 degrees – the liquid should be as warm as a hot bath – not boiling
  • Add the warm milk and butter mixture to the dry ingredients
  • Use a mixer to beat the ingredients until blended together
  • Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes
  • Add 1&1/4 cups of flour to the mixture
  • Continue to beat the mixture for 1 more minute
  • Use a wooden spoon to mix in 4 more cups of flour 
  • Spread a small amount of flour onto your work surface and turn dough onto  the surface
  • Knead the dough for about 10 minutes – while adding 1/4 c. of flour as you knead
  • Shape the dough into a ball
  • Place the ball of dough into a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour – or until doubled
  • Punch the dough down 
  • Put it back onto the lightly floured surface 
  • Cut the dough in half
  • Let it rest for 15 minutes
  • Grease 2 loaf pans
  • Shape and set the dough inside the loafe pans 
  • Let the dough rise for another hour – or until doubled
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees 
  • Brush the loaves with melted butter 
  • Bake 30 – 35 minutes 
  • Crust should be golden 


What goes well with this bread?
  • Butter
  • soup
  • salad
  • Make a BLT out of the bread
  • Toast it and add jam
nutrition guide is only an estimate 


Calories: 1683cal | Carbohydrates: 335g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 20mg
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