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Learn how to make soft, fluffy bread from scratch using just 7 simple ingredients! Perfect for toast, sandwiches, French toast, Thanksgiving stuffing, and more!
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Benefits of Making Homemade Bread
If you’ve never ventured into making your own yeast bread, you’re in for a treat! In addition to being so much easier than you think (no stand mixer or dough hook attachment needed!), it’s also so much softer, fluffier, budget-friendly, and free of preservatives.
This loaf bread is inspired by the classic egg bread my mom used to make growing up. And while this version is made without eggs, it tastes EXACTLY as I remember, which goes to show eggs were never really needed in the first place!
Once you’ve mastered this simple, homemade white bread recipe, make sure to check out our other homemade bread recipes.
- Homemade 100% Whole Wheat Bread
- Whole Wheat Spinach Tortillas
- Homemade Pizza Dough
- Gluten-Free Flatbread
- Homemade Pita Bread
- 4-Ingredient No Knead Bread
- Vegan Pandesal (Filipino Bread Rolls)
- Garlic Herb Dinner Rolls
You’ll never need to buy a loaf of bread at the grocery store again!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Almond Milk – We prefer using our Homemade Almond Milk (unsweetened) for this fluffy bread recipe, but you can use any plant-based milk of choice. Just make sure it’s unsweetened or your bread will have an oddly sweet aftertaste!
- Sugar – In order to properly proof the yeast, you’ll need to add a small amount of sugar. We prefer to use organic cane sugar because it is always vegan, but conventional sugar would work perfectly as well. If you prefer to use unrefined sugars, coconut sugar should work, but it can affect the appearance of the dough due to its dark color.
- Active Dry Yeast – This homemade bread is made with dry active yeast (not to be confused with instant yeast!). We find that baked goods made with active dry yeast as opposed to instant yeast have a deeper flavor and are worth the slower rise time!
- Flax Egg – Instead of using real eggs, this vegan-friendly version is made with flax egg. It binds the dough together equally as well and helps it become tall and fluffy. When making flax eggs, make sure to use ground flaxseeds – whole flaxseeds won’t absorb water in the same way and will not have the same effect.
- Vegan Butter – In this fluffy bread dough, we recommend using Earth Balance sticks, but Miyoko’s and Country Crock both have great vegan butter that will work well here. Or, opt for olive oil, avocado oil, or vegetable.
- Flour – Both all-purpose white flour and bread flour work well in this recipe. We like to use Bob’s Red Mill unbleached flour.
- Salt – Adding salt to homemade bread not only enhances the flavor, but helps control the rise of the loaf, yielding a more even, uniform loaf! Don’t worry – the bread doesn’t taste salty!
How to Make Fluffy Bread without a Bread Maker
- Prepare the flax egg. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed meal and water. Set aside to thicken for 15 minutes.
- Activate the yeast. In a separate medium bowl, combine the warm almond milk and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Sprinkle the yeast overtop, then mix again to combine. Set aside for 5-10 minutes, allowing the yeast to proof. When ready, it should appear foamy.
- Combine the dough ingredients. Once the yeast is ready, add the flax egg, remaining sugar, room-temperature butter, and salt. Stir to combine the wet ingredients, then add in half of the flour. Mix until well combined, then mix in the remaining flour until a soft dough has formed.
- Knead the dough for 10 minutes. Transfer the dough to a generously floured, clean work surface. Sprinkle the dough with additional flour on top, then knead the dough with your hands until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If as you go the dough begins to stick to your hands, add a little bit of additional flour.
- Rise the dough. Transfer the dough to a large, greased bowl, flipping it over so that the outside of the fluffy bread dough is well coated in oil. Loosely cover with a damp towel, then rise the dough in a warm, draft-free place for 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
- Shape the dough into a loaf. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and shape the dough into a loaf.
- Allow the dough to rise once more. Transfer the shaped loaf to the prepared loaf pan, covering it again with a damp towel. Allow it to rise for another 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
- Bake. Place the fluffy bread dough into the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown on the outside.
- Cool completely. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing the loaf from the pan and transferring it to a cooling rack. Allow the fluffy bread to cool completely before slicing.
- Serve. If desired, brush the loaf with some melted vegan butter or oil so that it is nice and shiny (as pictured). Then slice and enjoy!
One of the best parts of making homemade bread is the endless uses for it! Aside from enjoying it as buttered toast or using it to make homemade sandwiches, you can also use this fluffy bread to make the following recipes:
- French toast: Cut thick slices and use it to make our Classic Vegan French Toast or Pumpkin French Toast.
- Vegan strata: Allow the soft bread to dry out and become stale and crunchy, then use it in our Vegan Strata recipe!
- Stuffing: Swap out the Buttermilk Biscuits in our Thanksgiving classic and use stale, cubed fluffy bread.
- Croutons: Make Homemade 5-ingredient Croutons and add them to your favorite soups and salads.
- Bread crumbs: Turn it into homemade breadcrumbs and sprinkle it over our Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe.
Or are you looking for new sandwich ideas? Check out these favorites:
Leftover fluffy sandwich bread will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.
This fluffy bread can also be frozen. For best results, we recommend freezing the bread in slices as opposed to a full loaf. To freeze, allow to cool completely to room temperature on a wire rack, slice, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap or reusable wrap. Transfer the wrapped bread to a large gallon-sized bag and freeze for 1 month.
When ready to eat, remove the frozen bread slices and toast them directly from frozen or allow to thaw at room temperature until warm again.
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