Super easy, homemade bread


This is it! This is the only white bread recipe you’ll ever need. It’s that good. I can’t take the credit though, I got this recipe from a fellow member on a website named her name is  Gumpsgirl and I say a thank you ever time I make this bread.

Here we go.

first put 2 cup almost hot  water in a bowl, add 4 teaspoons yeast (I like rapid rise, I’m not patient)

next add 1 tablespoon of sugar. That yeast needs something to eat so it will have the energy to push the bread up.

give it a good stir. You will notice a smell kinda like gym socks and mushrooms. That’s good! IT’S ALIVE!!!! set it aside for at least 5 minutes.

Here’s where the fun begins. If you have a large mixer with a dough hook use it. If not your going to get a little upper body workout. Either way it all comes out the same. In your mixing bowl place 5 cups bread flour (I’ve made it with good old fashioned all purpose and I really can’t tell the difference, but since we’re making bread I felt obligated to say bread flour) and if your going to be a snob about it, which I sometimes am, you can use unbleached. It’ll  give you such a feeling of superiority.

add your 1/4 cup oil  (I use olive because it makes me feel all chefy) Yes, that is a word….I think….I’m not sure…..I don’t care, I’m using it anyway!

next sprinkle in the salt ( I like Kosher salt, and I’m not going to tell you why…….just kidding!  I like it cause it tastes good)

hold your nose and pour that funky yeast mix in

turn on the mixer and stand back

let it mix on low until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and all ingredients are incorporated

I’m not patient and if given half the chance I will be lazy. I don’t like to do dishes, which makes my love of cooking sometimes inconvenient. I’ll reuse a bowl in a heart beat and that’s what I’m about to do… Dump the dough on the counter for a second, I know it looks all cold and alone just sitting there. I didn’t even take the time to put any flour down to keep it’s backside from sticking. Oh well…

next take that used bowl and spray it with Pam. I’m aware that all those sticky pieces of dough might bug some of you, and you’re welcome to stop and clean the bowl out before spraying, but I’m not going to do one more dish than I have to.

the dough goes back in the oiled bowl then cover it and let it rise for 25 minutes

well you know how I said let it rise for 25 minutes? My father came over for a visit and I forgot all about the bread. That yeast went into over drive and nearly sent the dough out of the mixing bowl

That’s one of the things I like about this bread, flexibility. It’s really hard to get it wrong, believe me I’ve tried.

One punch down and it’s back to manageable size

turn the dough onto a floured surface

work it with your hands until you feel it start to relax. If it hasn’t had time to relax you’ll roll it out to the perfect size, turn your head to answer the phone and it will be back in a ball. It will take about 5 minutes of a good massage to relax it into submission

this recipe is for 2 loaves so at this point cut it in half.  You can make two loaves or I like to put half in the fridge and make pizza dough with it the next night. MMMM-Parmesan and goat cheese  pizza with sauteed portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions and tomatoes……….sorry, that was a Homer Simpson moment

back to cutting the dough

roll the remaining dough out into a rectangle-ish  shape, you know if I’m not going  to wash that mixing bowl out before putting the dough back in, I’m definitely not hung up on a perfect rectangle

then roll it like you would a jelly roll

once you have it on you pan cut some slices in the top and cover for another 20 minutes for a second rise  (if you do use the other half of the dough for pizza there’s no need for a second rise….just pull it from the fridge kneed it a little and spread it on you pan)

it’s time for “Puff Daddy” to meet the heat…..350′ for 25 minutes then this, turns into



the sky’s the limit with this dough……..put it in a loaf pan for the most wonderful sandwich bread or you can form it into rolls for dinner! Why not whip up some of my homemade butter to go with your bread? You won’t believe just how good homemade butter tastes compared to store bought. It’s really quick to make and so worth the effort!

2 cups warm (hot-ish) water

4 tsp yeast

1 Tbs sugar

1/4 cup oil

5 cups flour

2 tsp salt


the wanna be country girl – Caroline

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165 Responses to Super easy, homemade bread

  1. Melissa Williams says:

    This recipe is awesome. Easy to make, easy to work with, great texture and flavor. There’s not a single bad thing to say about this bread! Thank you for sharing, and thank you google for directing me here!

  2. estellita says:

    wow this is amazing thank you……… I did use honey instead of sugar and added 2 tablespoons of melted butter. I do this because well I like all things butter.

  3. Lauren says:

    Hi thank’s so much for this recipe, it’s so easy to make that the kids can have a go next 🙂 love your writing style, human humble and fun 🙂 keep sharing your stuff!!!

  4. Kiyla Hulet says:

    seriously this is the best bread recipe I have found yet! I’m not the best Baker there is but this recipe makes it so simple that even I can get it right! Love it!!!

  5. Nick says:

    This is the best base for a bread recipe I have found. I use it every week and have done several variations with excellent results every time. It’s such a fast recipe that it is nothing to come home after work and make this for fresh bread with dinner. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  6. Pat Batty says:

    I bought myself a KitchenAid stand mixer and wanted an easy bread recipe. Yours fills the bill. My husband and I thought your instructions were hilarious. My first attempt didn’t rise very well in the pans and I didn’t let the loaves get brown enough, so they were doughy and yeasty tasting. But with my second attempt I let the machine knead the dough for 8 min and this time it rose beautifully. I took pictures of the loaves since they looked so beautiful. I made 2 more loaves yesterday and they are beautiful as well. I found a Rubbermaid container I bought to put bagels in and it holds a loaf perfectly. The other loaf, the one I cut into as soon as it’s cool enough…. I just put in a Zip Lock bag. I was surprised at how long the bread stayed fresh as it has no preservatives. At the end of 5 days I used the last slices for toast. My daughter and grandkids are coming for a couple of days and I’m going to make some bread and pizza dough for them. I just read your biscuit recipe and may make them when they’re here too. Thanks for making ‘Nana’ a great bread baker (they already tell me they love my spaghetti sauce).

    Pat Batty
    St Thomas, ON

  7. Lee says:

    Sweet recipe

  8. Cheyenne says:

    I make this bread all the time I usually use 3 cups white 2 cups wholemeal and sometimes add 1/2 cup wheatgerm comes out perfect every time thanks for sharing this 🙂

  9. Pam Sontag says:

    This recipe is awesome! Easy and excellent flavor. I use coconut oil instead of oil. Will be making more with my grand babies this weekend. But got 4 loaves getting ready!

  10. Mandy says:

    I made this today, first time ever making homemade bread and I gotta say it was super easy and delish. I did use all purpose flour though since its all I had and it turned out a little dense and doughy, but I will use the bread flour next time and I’m sure it will be better.

  11. Sherry King says:

    Hello Caroline! I just made homemade bread using your recipe here and it worked beautifully! Thank you so much! I now have an absolutely perfect and gorgeous loaf of fresh bread to take to friends’ home for Christmas dinner tomorrow evening! Thank you for the chuckles too as I read through the recipe and your humorous asides 🙂

    Cheers and have a lovely Christmas holiday!

    Sherry King
    Thunder Bay, ON

  12. Jenica says:

    I made this with whole wheat flour because it’s all I had. It turned out fine except has zero flavor. The texture was good and it was definitely easy to make. But I’d have toake some adjustments or at least use more salt next time.

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  14. Seamus MacUilleum says:

    Thank you so much for this, I used it and modified it somewhat, but the bread was great I made a Loaf Style bread for Sandwiches and then a Round Style for Dipping sauce, both turned out great.

  15. Tina says:

    Hi again I love this recipe and modified to make a honey wheat. I do 3 cups of white flour and 2 of wheat, then replaced the sugar with honey. Sometimes, the dough is to sticky so I add a little more white four till it pulls away from the sides when mixing. The bread is marvelous my son now loves honey whole wheat:). Thanks for such a splendid recipe that is easy to make our own

  16. Dawn says:

    I like the humour in your writing. Hope to try this recipe today.

  17. Kawther says:

    This recipe is marvellous. Just made it. I formed little rolls and spread some blak sesame seeds on the top. Yummy!

  18. Jenn Crowe says:

    Cookin some of this right now. I am going in the kitchen and doing it. It’s 3am…and I don’t care! =)

  19. I will be trying this bread recipe tomorrow at home and at the cottage [no oven, just an outdoor pizza oven]! Thanks, Sandra

  20. Silvana and Bella says:

    Love Love this recipe. My little one found this and started to read it out. I was laughing my head off and loved the way you put fun and reality into your recipe. We just made the dough and are waiting for our glorious bread to rise and shine. I will try the homemade butter and thanks for that tip also. I do hope you have other recipes as we thoroughly enjoyed this one so much. Thanks again for sharing the luv.

  21. Dan M says:

    Have you tried using this recipe to make a apple cinnamon bread?

  22. Tina says:

    Hi again, I want to make a honey wheat mix with the bread do you have any suggestion as to when I can add honey in the recipe, if I need to increase any other ingredients or will it through it out of wack! I love this recipe and make it weekly thanks again.

  23. Hi Bethany,
    Yes, that’s what I do. Divide the dough and use the 8×4 pans. Some times they have a larger doe than others, but the loaf always tastes good 🙂

  24. Bethany says:

    What size loaf pan would this fit into? I just have the (approx) 8×4 pans… would I still just split the dough in two? Thanks!

  25. James Morrell says:

    I have am very impressed. I have made lots of bread but this was very basic and very good. I have bookmarked and will continue to make it as my primary choice.

  26. B says:

    I have searching a long time for the super easy bread recipe and this looks completely like something I could make … super easy and one of the faster recipes from all the bread recipes that I’ve browsed…
    Thanks for sharing. I’m going to try it today afternoon.

  27. Tina says:

    Thanks I am excited to try so is my son yummy :)! Can I add honey somewhere to the recipe for a honey wheat bread? I read your other reviews and saw I could use wheat flour for recipe? Where do you recommend adding it?
    Caroline, I have to add my family is so thankful we love homemade bread and until now my tries were a disaster or to hard to bother making again. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Tina says:

    Hi, I ran into your page a wk ago and have been making this bread it is excellent and so easy thank you. I looked up your recipe on cinnamon buns which looks good but could this bread be rolled up with the cinnamon, sugar etc and taste the same? Just seems less complicated and fast. Have tried it to compare with the other recipe?

    • Hi Tina,
      I make cinnamon rolls/bread with this bread recipe all the time, especially when there’s a bit left over. The kids think it’s great when I make individual cinnamon rolls for them. It makes a more dense cinnamon roll than the other recipe, but the flavor is wonderful.
      Happy baking!

  29. Tad says:

    i thought i would give it a try and let me say not hard at all and since being a male i didn’t even burn down the house.

    Thank you.

  30. Melissa says:

    It should read: bread not dread and best tasting not besting

  31. Melissa says:

    I have made MANY homemade dread recipes and this is by far the easiest and besting I have yet to make! Thank you!!!

  32. kim says:

    trying to make the bread is the temp celsius or fahrenheit please help thanks kim

  33. rmj says:

    Hi – I’ve used your recipe many times since I found it, and we love it. Do you have a good recipe for brown bread?

  34. rmj says:

    Hello: I’ve used this recipe many times since I found it last year, so thanks. I was wondering, though: do you have a recipe for whole wheat/ whole grain bread that’s good, too?

  35. Lynne says:

    Finally, an “easy bread” tutorial that actually IS easy! I’ll be trying this as soon as my store bought bread runs out. Thanks for this!

  36. vaishali says:

    Hey i just wanted to ask if I can make this bread in a microwave will it give same result?????

  37. Clara Floyd says:

    Can you make hamberger or hot dog buns with the recipe and can you freeze it

  38. Kim Estes says:

    Didn’t think I would be able to do it no matter how easy the recipe seemed to be. It turned out awesome. I even got a little brave, split the dough up and made one regular loaf and the other I rolled out, spread italian seasoning, parmesan and shredded cheddar on it then rolled it up. Deeeelish!! Will definately be making this again soon.

  39. john aka possus says:

    I’m going to give this a try. Didn’t know bread making was so simple. BUT I just put it all in the bowl.

  40. Justin says:

    I’ve been wanting to try baking my own bread for a VERY LONG TIME but, I always chicken out. So at this point, I now have a giant package of yeast (a friend owns a pizza joint and gave me a commercial vacuum packed brick of it) I have two bread pans (given to me by a nice lady who wants me to dive in and bake bread already) I have a nice hand mixer with dough hooks (Bought it at a thrift store JUST for the purpose of making bread) and finally,,,,,, I have lots of time as I am unemployed LOL
    I get inspired to bake my own bread and then I google homemade bread recipes and I get all excited and I’m determined to do it but then,,,,, I see all the steps, flip and mix and wrap and wait and punch and roll and on and on and on and on and then I get discouraged and decide to give up.
    I’ve been doing this now for a good 5 years!!!!!!!!!!! Today, I came across your site and your instructions are pretty clear and they look reasonably easy but the big plus for me was your sense of humor. You made me laugh! And that is something that most sites don’t seem to do is just laugh. I think baking and cooking should be fun, we should laugh at ourselves and, if we make a mistake, oh well, dust yourself off and try try again.
    Your website and great attitude inspired me and now, after I hit the Post Comment button below,,,,,,, I am going to give it a shot and I owe it all to you.

    Here’s to yeast in my eyes and dough exploding in my kitchen LOL Wish me luck!


  41. Sue says:

    How do you combat the stickiness of the dough when you are taking it out of the bowl to oil the bowl? It sticks to every inch of my hands!

    • Hi Sue,
      I’ve made this recipe hundreds of times, and sometimes it’s really sticky and others, it just comes right out cleanly. I think it has something to do with the weather. When it sticks, I just dust it liberally with flour. I also dust my hands well.
      Hope this helps!

  42. Sherri Werther says:

    Thanks for posting this!! This is by far, the easiest and best tasting bread of all the recipes Ive tried so far!! I love the versatility. Im gonna play around with it and add some different spices and flavors..What a great recipe! Sherri W. Abingdon, MD.

  43. Sherri Werther says:

    This is the greatest recipe!! Thanks for posting this!! Ive tried several diff recipes, and this is by far, the easiest, and best tasting one yet!!! I think Im gonna play around and add some different flavors and spices…Sherri Werther

  44. Nikki Townsend says:

    Love all your recipes; however when I have tried this bread the dough seemed extra dry, not doughy at all…added a bit more oil and it worked greatly thank you so much for making the recipes easy to understand. My next experiment will be the cinnamon rolls

  45. Miranda Fiebiger says:

    Looking for an easy recipe to make bread with my very inpatient homeschooled kids. Read your recipe over coffee this morning. Pretty sure I laughed my mocha out my nose. Very, very funny! Thanks for the laugh. The recipe looks easy. I’ll give it a try, and have the kids do the dishes…. I hate dishes…. Even is I do have a dishwasher. 😉

  46. Kim says:

    Made this bread this morning & it turned out great! Mine wasn’t as golden when time was up, but I took it out & sliced it with some ugh, store bought, butter, & it was DELICIOUS!!! Now I have to find somewhere for this bread to go & FAST, so u don’t consume it all!!! Thanks for a great recipe! Consider yourself bookmarked!

    • Hi Kim! That’s great news. If having it around is too tempting, (like it is for me too) make some French toast out of it. It’s wonderful…oh, and it make perfect croutons too. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by. Look forward to hearing from you again.

  47. Diana Scully says:

    I love that this yummy bread rises so fast, and it only needs to do it once. One way to get dough to rise is to put it in a cold oven with a pan of warm water on the bottom shelf. You don’t have to oil the top of the dough or cover it, because you’ve just created a nice little “womb” for it – safe and warm. By the way, I love your writing.

  48. Sherry says:

    Thank you for this recipe! 🙂 My very first loaf of homemade bread turned out wonderfully 😀

  49. Samantha says:

    It’s finished! It took longer to rise than 25 minutes the first time and the 2nd rise didn’t rise as much as shown either, but I did add to much salt so maybe that had and effect. It turned out wonderfully for my first time ever baking bread. I am actually giving this to my mother as a Christmas present with some homemade flavored butter. Do you have any storage instructions?

    • I’m so glad it turned out well Samantha! You’re right, sometimes too much salt can retard the yeast. I’ve never been one of those lucky bakers that every loaf comes out perfect every time. I’m sure your mother will be thrilled to receive your first loaf and homemade butter. Because it’s completely homemade, there’s no preservatives so unless you plan on eating it in the next couple days, I’d store it in a sealed bag in the fridge so it will last longer. You might enjoy trying the focaccia bread recipe. It’s more forgiving than the recipe you made and it’s really fun to make.
      Merry Christmas fellow baker!!

  50. Samantha says:

    I am waiting for this bread to rise right now, I’m really nervous because I’ve never made bread before, and mine didn’t really look like your pictures. I am hoping everything turns out okay… wish me luck!

  51. Liesa says:

    who knows, maybe he’ll actually propose because of it LOL~!

  52. Liesa says:

    OMG I love this bread. It came out so nice. I actually used the old amish method of tucking the bread and put it into two mini pans. My boyfriend says thank you too ^.^ .>)

    Thank you again!

  53. Becky S. says:

    If I want to make this in a loaf pan do I let it rise another time after “working it into submission? I have never made homemade bread but just got a stand mixer and want to try some. Thanks for your help.

  54. barry says:

    Hi; I was looking for a good bread recipe when I found your site dated oct. 12 2010. I tried it and it is fantastic but I also found out that none of your recipes will print. { all I get is header and a blank page] hope you can help as I really like your recipes. barry

    • I’m sorry the recipes aren’t printing correctly. I tried it on my end with several different ones, and they all worked. Please let me know if you’re still having trouble and we’ll try and figure out what’s going on.

  55. Maegan says:

    I found this recipe earlier this year and ALWAYS use it for French bread, rolls, pizza crust, etc! It is the easiest and truly fool-proof bread! Thanks again for the recipe!!!

  56. maria burba says:

    think for this easy bread recipe
    have a very good day

  57. Jeff says:

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  58. MaryJo Wood says:

    I totally love this recipe!! I wish I had you on my fb to get more. Thanks for the laughter with you’re fun personality through this recipe.

  59. Diana says:

    I love the taste of the bread however I would like to be able to cut into slices, and use it like store bread. For sandwiches and such, however it is always to crumbly and breaks and I cannot do it. Do you have any suggestions?

  60. Ana says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe..and the laughs while reading 🙂 In Aussie and about to give it a whirl..also bookmarked to come back and keep reading! Love it thank you 🙂

  61. Nicole says:

    I just made this last night and it was EXCELLENT!!! My whole family loved it and it was sooo easy to make!!! I have a feeling I will be making this very often! Thanks so much for the great recipe!! 🙂

  62. Dexie says:

    I made this the other day and it is sooo good. Thank you for the recipe.

  63. Rei says:

    Thank you so much for suggesting that! I have rosemary that needs used up! =)

  64. Rei says:

    I stumbled across your blog while looking for easy bread that didn’t require eggs or dairy. I would like to say that I LOVE this bread! Anyone can make it and it makes a lot of bread! Thanks so much for sharing!

  65. Bonnie says:

    ? How can you tell if the yeast is doing what it suppose to do before you mix it with the dry ingredients

  66. Sarah T says:

    Never mind! It turned out great. I forgot the salt but It’s delicious anyways!

  67. Sarah T says:

    This looks awesome! I’m actually in the process of letting my dough rise, but I used all purpose flour and the dough is pretty dry…I can’t tell from the pictures, but is that alright?

  68. Linda says:

    I am going to try this bread today. I love homemade bread, but I am not patient either and hate to let it rise. I think this may be my favorite recipe. I will let you know how it turns out.
    thanks for the recipe


  69. Kelly says:

    Hi Caroline! Just wanted to say that I tried your homemade bread recipe today and it was fantastic! So easy, yet so tasty! Thanks a bunch~

  70. Karen says:

    I’ve been baking bread all weekend and am trying this recipe now — it’s in the final rise stage. I loved the feel of the dough as I kneaded it. Much better than the other recipes I’ve made today and on other days. I’ve never made a bread that called for oil. Hope it tastes as good as it feels!

  71. Aime says:

    I am trying this today. I have tried bread lots of times at home and it’s never quite right. I’ll let you know how this recipe works for me.

  72. tracy powers says:

    I am making the bread as we speak and I used white wheat flour. I am a little scared because it doesnt really LOOK like your pics above and it seems really dense. I will update after the bread gets done….

  73. Pam P says:

    How do you get the rolls like in the above picture??

    • Hi Pam,
      I just rolled out the dough into about an 8 inch long roll and about 1~1/2 inch diameter and twisted it kind of like a pretzel. Let it rise for a second time in that position and bake. You can’t make a mistake, just twist, and tuck the ends under. Let me know how it goes.

  74. Pam P says:

    Hi, I love your website! Thanks for sharing this bread recipe too. I have never made homemade bread before and I think I am going to try it. Your writing and pictures make everything look so easy. 🙂 Thanks again. I will let you know how it turns out.

  75. Laura says:

    Just made this bread. Perfect! How to make dinner rolls with this dough? How much dough per roll and to you make them in muffin tins or just on a baking sheet?

    • Hi Laura,
      I tend to like more of a free-form roll instead of using a muffin tin. I would say take a piece of dough about the size of a large golf ball,(if there were such a thing) and flatten it to about an inch in thickness. I made some homemade English muffins today, and there are photos of the size dough balls I’m talking about. I’ll post the English muffin blog tomorrow, so stop by and take a look.

  76. Karin says:

    I love this website. The bread is beautiful! I will try this recipe. I don’t normally
    make my bread by hand. I put everything in my bread make. Let it rise and then.
    divide in two loaves and bake in bread pans. The first rise is perfect but the 2nd
    rise not so good. Any suggestions???

    • Hi Karin,
      Are you kneading the dough between the first rise and the second? You need to knead it a few time to redistribute the sugar so the yeast has something to eat. When the yeast ‘eats’ the sugar it releases gas and the dough rises. Hope that helps.
      Let me know.

  77. Naiya says:

    I am very happy to read your recipes. It’s very useful for me, and I am completely satisfied with your website. All recipes and food information are very useful and very good. Your website is very attention-grabbing. I love all of the in turn you are sharing with each one!

  78. Pete says:

    So my first time ever making bread and gotta say, very easy and awesome. I cut the dough in half like you said, make the same shape you did to start and then immediately put the rest in a loaf pan because I wanted it for a sandwich. Thank you.

  79. KC Quaretti says:

    Hi, I stumbled here and ended up really enjoying my visit!

  80. Mandy says:

    Mission accomplished! My boyfriend was so impressed. While I was shopping, I decided that buying yeast is the true sign that I’ve become a home cook! 🙂

  81. Mandy says:

    Oh and I had a question…

    I don’t own a Kitchen Aid, so I was wondering how the mixing is going to go for me. Should I use my hands? Or maybe start with a spatula? What do you think would work best?

    • I’m so glad you’re going to make some homemade bread! If you don’t have a mixer with a dough hook, no problem. Just mix by hand, it will be messy at first. A lot of the really great artisan bread makers mix and kneed by hand. It will be a workout, but well worth the effort. Let me know how it goes, and keep in mind, you can use whole wheat flour in place of white. Good luck!
      the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  82. Mandy says:

    I’m so excited to try this tonight! I’m a college student, so cooking cheap and easy is a definite priority for me 🙂 I’m hoping to impress my boyfriend tonight with some fresh-made bread.

    • Try making some fresh homemade butter to go with your bread. If you don’t have a food processor, you can easily make it in a jar with a lid. Don’t forget to add salt though, butter without salt doesn’t really have any taste.

  83. Jason says:

    Water too hot, killed yeast?

  84. Angie says:

    about how long did you mix before it started to pull from the sides?

    • Hi Angie,
      Let it mix for 8-10 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Sometimes it comes away from the sides almost completely, and others it’s somewhat more sticky. I think it must have something to do with humidity. Good luck, and let me know how it turns out.

  85. Heather says:

    I was wondering if you had tried freezing the dough. Would that kill the yeast? If it lasts longer in the freezer, that would be wonderful! Even if it only would be able to make pizza dough. Thanks!

    • Hi Heather, I’ve never tried freezing the dough, it never lasts that long around here. I don’t know why it wouldn’t work though. I might roll it out into a pizza round, shape and then freeze. If you freeze it in a ball it will take a really long time to defrost. Let me know how it goes. I love experiments!

  86. Cristina, I’m so sorry that the bread isn’t rising. I did go back through the recipe and make sure all the amounts are correct, and they are. I’ve included the thread link to, where I originally got the recipe
    Since you checked the yeast, I’m thinking maybe the area you leave it in to rise might not be quite warm enough. Have you tried preheating your oven to warm, then turn it off when you put the dough in to rise? That would be what I would try next. Let me know if that helps. I’ll think on it some more tonight, and if I think of any other reason I’ll let you know.

  87. Cristina says:

    Hi. I made this bread twice and neither time did it ever rise. In fact when I turned my kitchenaid on to low, It never got to the part where it came off the sides. I measured everything exactly, I even went out and bought more rapid rise yeast even thought the one i used the first time was fresh. What am I doing wrong? I have made bread recipes that are much more involved and with many more ingredients, and they have always come out fine. Are your measurements off maybe? Too much oil?

  88. shadowman says:

    well done! great pictures, great instructions and an eminently useful recipe! your writing ‘voice’ has a wonderfully easy-going charm, as well. i’m going to give your site (in stumble) a big thumbs-up!

    i want to try this recipe soon so i can spoil my darling wife! 😉

    again, nicely done, indeed!


    • Thanks Shadowman! I’m so happy you stumbled by and have found a recipe the appeals to you. I hope you and your wife will enjoy this easy to prepare bread for many years to come. Your wife sounds like a very lucky woman! Come by again soon and check out some other recipes, when you have the time.
      talk to you soon,
      the wanna be country girl – Caroline

      • shadowman says:

        miss caroline, you’re very kind. i have already looked at some of your additional recipes and i must admit, i quite like what i see. especially your main dishes! thank you for your generosity in sharing them with a bunch of strangers!

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  90. Sammiplusbailey says:

    This bread is amazing! Its my second time making it and everyone loves it. I have a very picky 2 year old and she will eat the whole loaf if I let her! Such a great and easy recipe!

    • Sammiplusbailey, I’m so glad your family is enjoying your wonderful homemade bread. Doesn’t it feel so good pulling that hot, fresh bread out of the oven. If you haven’t already, when you get a chance make some homemade butter to go with you bread. It will send you over the edge………the good edge, that is.
      talk to you soon,
      the wanna be country girl – Caroline

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  92. This is a fantastic recipe. I tried it over the weekend and it turned out perfectly – with any recipe like this though, I am always careful to make sure not to overcook. My oven is a bit on the older side and that can lead me to problems if I don’t keep an eye on things!

  93. Louanne says:

    My bread just came out of the oven. It smells so good! I made one loaf plain; on the other one I sprinkled garlic salt and Italian seasoning on the dough before I rolled it up. Topped it with melted butter and parmesan cheese. I’m waiting until my family gets home to cut it. 🙂 Thank you for posting this recipe.

    • Louanne I’m so glad you made the bread. I just know your family will love it! And they’ll ask you to make it all the time. The garlic and Italian seasoning sounds wonderful, and there’s no way you can go wrong with butter and parmesan cheese.
      talk to you later,
      the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  94. That looks really good and tasty! I am going to try it out tonight!

  95. LauraG says:

    Wow! I’m so excited to make this! I’ll be bookmarking your site and will definitely be back. I love your writing style btw, haha. 🙂

  96. Sarah says:

    I love how you write, I actually laughed…never done that at a post about baking before now.

    Never tried making bread either, but this 16 year old shall try (and probably end up calling mum in to save the day) and make some (‘:

    Just a question, is the dough actually…alive? xD it sounds like it from the way you write.

    • Hi Sarah, I’d love to hear how your bread turned out. To answer your question, yes, yeast is alive. Yeast is a fungus. A one celled organism that specializes in eating sugar. When it eats sugar it releases carbon dioxide. It’s all that gas being released that causes bread to rise. Kinda gross but true!
      see ya soon,
      the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  97. the way you connect with your readers through your posts is amazing,be it a video,image or a post, you seem to exactly know what fits in the criteria.beleive me i read 10’s of blogs every week, but your posts are quite engrossing than the rest. I just hope you continue writing and updating this blog!

  98. Alexandria says:

    So I decided to do Stumble Upon at one in the morning, and then I came across this recipe. The bread looks so amazing in the pictures that I decided to make it right then and there. Firstly, I have some questions about storage. How long does the bread last, and what is the ideal way to store it? How long does the dough last in the fridge, and what is the best container to store it in? If using a different yeast (I used active dry yeast), is there a difference in the rising times? Also I saw that you were using a nonstick mat on your baking sheet. I don’t have one so I was wondering if I should grease the bottom (this time I used a little nonstick cooking spray on the bottom, but I generally don’t like to grease something if I don’t need to)? Now it is quarter after three and the bread just got done. It’s delicious, very beautiful looking too. Thank you for the excuse to pull an all nighter for the first time in my life, with nothing but a pumpkin spice latte from 7/11 to keep me going! Sorry about all the questions, but thank you for this recipe!

    • Alexandria, I’m so glad you found me on stumbleupon and you decided to make some homemade bread. Sorry I wasn’t here to answer your questions last night,( I was at a Halloween party dressed as full on Poison Ivy from Batman……….) although it sounds like everything came out perfectly. Isn’t it just the easiest bread ever? I guess you figured out that you don’t need a silpat pan liner. I think I just put it on there out of habit. As you know the dough doesn’t include any preservatives so if you don’t plan on eating the bread in about a 2 day period (it NEVER lasts longer than that around here) I would store it in the fridge. That way you’ll get several days out of it. As far as the dough goes, it needs to be stored in the fridge and used by the next night. The yeast will start converting the sugar and if you don’t use it it will begin to smell like alcohol. Yuck!
      Now that you’ve got the bread down why not make some of the homemade butter to go along with it?
      hope to see you here again,
      the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  99. Judy says:

    Could this be easier? I’m thinkin’ mmmm…cinnamon, brown sugar & butter rolled up in that yeasty goodness, then topped with pecans, icing….there goes my diet.

    Oh well, there’s always next month.

    • Judy, I like your attitude. I always say, “I’ll start the diet Monday”, I changing my inner monologue to. “I’ll start the diet next month.” What freedom, what possibilities! Enjoy the cinnamon rolls!
      See ya soon,
      the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  100. Cyndi aka Chicky Tocks says:

    My two loaves are on their second rising! I have a feeling that my breadmaker will soon be retired. Tonight we’re having spaghetti, and I’ve brushed one of the loaves with olive oil and sprinkled a little Rosemary and Basil over the top. Will be delish with the sketti! I’ll save some for pizza dough next time. I didn’t manage to get to the butter today, but that’s a definate idea I’ll be running with.

    I love your blog Caroline, and I’ll be keeping an eye on you to see what you do next. 🙂

    • The addition of olive oil, rosemary and basil sounds fabulous! I know your family loved it. The uses for this dough are endless! So glad you came by and took a look, hope to see you here again.
      Talk to you soon,
      the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  101. Leah says:

    Also from BYC! This bread looks and smells delicous! Its baking in the oven right now! *yumm* I also mad your homeade butter.. its amzing!
    Thanks for the great recipes, ill let you know how the bread turns out!

  102. Charlie says:

    Wow! So simple, and so tasty! For the second loaf, we sprinkled the dough with Italian herbs (those little “pizza grinder” deals) before tolling it up for the second rise. There’s tons of potential with this.

    Thanks so much for putting up the pictorial!

    P.S. Found you by way of 🙂

  103. 2DogsFarm says:

    Great BLOG!
    Makes me want to do Gump Bread again.
    Your writing puts me in mind of Ree Drummond aka The Prairie Woman.
    Have you read her blog?

    See you back on BYC : )

  104. Kristy says:

    Followed this link from backyardchickens too and I can totally appreciate anybody who likes the sound of a horse chewing hay and all the simple pleasures from hearth, home and farm. You are my kind of people.. will be back to visit frequently. You have been favoritized…is so a word.

  105. Karin Bell says:

    Caroline, this recipe looks wonderful (as does your chicken recipe)…makes me want to try them today!! What a wonderful blog, too! You’re so talented!

  106. Woah, Caroline —
    I think even I could make that bread! beautiful pix. I think I’m gonna try!

  107. LeAnn says:

    I just followed this link from Back Yard Chickens. Thanks so much for posting this breadrecipe. I think that I will try it tonight. I am also going to try the spicy pecan chicken recipe very soon, the picture looks very yummy! I’ve added your blog to my favorites so I can check back for more tasty recipes. Thanks!

  108. tiffeny rubio says:

    I have been making Gumpbread for almost a year now.I have people ask me to show them how to make it,now I can just send a link and they can see themselves. You did a great job with the directions-and that pizza looked amazing…..btw, love the blog!!!

    • All right, I’ve been linked!!! Please send anyone you think would like it the link to my blog. The more readers the merrier! I’ve just gotten started and I love it! Stop by when you get a chance and leave a comment so I’ll know you visited.
      Talk to you soon,
      the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  109. jojo says:

    Great blog so far! Lovely pics! I’ve made Gumpbread and it is yummy!

  110. ranchhand says:

    Very nicely done! I ended up reading much more; very entertaining, great pics and good writing.

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