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Final easy homemade bread

4-Ingredient Easy Homemade Bread for Beginners

Author Chef Summer Storm - garden grub
This four-ingredient, white bread is straightforward and almost effortless to make. It is the perfect recipe for bread beginners and delivers impressive texture and flavor!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Rest 1 d 6 hrs
Total Time 1 d 6 hrs 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf


  • 4 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp bread flour, plus more for dusting as needed and DO NOT USE ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR!
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 cup water, ice cold
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal, for dusting


Day 1

  • Add the bread flour, instant yeast, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk well.
  • Dig a small hole in the center and pour the ice-cold water inside.
  • With a wooden spoon, stir from the inside out, gradually pulling the flour into the center. Stir until mostly combined. Once the spoon can't stir the mix anymore, dump it onto the counter and knead it just until there is no visible flour; you will only need to knead it about 15 times. The dough should be VERY wet and sticky in the end.
  • Place the dough inside a large mixing bowl and press plastic wrap directly on top. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap as well, followed by a towel. Set the bowl of dough in a dark, warm place to rest for 3 hours.
  • Then place the bowl of dough, exactly as is, into the refrigerator overnight. I always let mine rest for around 20 hours.

Day 2

  • Dust the bottom of a non-stick 11" by 6" bread pan with the cornmeal.
  • Then scrape the dough into the pan and lightly press it from corner to corner to evenly distribute it.
  • Cover the bread pan with a sheet of plastic wrap and let it rest in a dark warm place for 2 to 3 hours. The dough should rise almost to the tippy-top of the pan.
  • Fill another pan with a few inches of water and place it on the oven's bottom rack. (I usually use another bread pan.)
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the plastic wrap from the top of the dough(the plastic wrap will stick, and that's okay! Just slowly pull it off.) Place the bread pan onto the middle rack and bake it for 40 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through. *If there is a rack above the middle rack, remove it, or the bread may get squished by it as it rises. Also, if your oven runs a bit hot, keep an eye on the bread for the last 15 minutes or so. If the top of the bread gets too brown, place a piece of aluminum foil over it while it finishes baking.
  • Allow the bread to cool down in the pan entirely- this is a must as it is essentially finishing baking in the center. Next, take a butter knife and run it around the outer edges to easily remove it. Then tip it upside down onto your hand to pop it out, flip it over, slice, and enjoy!
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