Buttery White Bread Recipe (Instant Yeast)

White Bread Recipe Instant Yeast

This white bread recipe uses instant yeast to easily produce a delicious & buttery homemade bread. Instant yeast is a quicker way to make bread because it doesn’t need to 10 minutes to “proof” (activate in a liquid). You just add the instant yeast to the dry ingredients when making the recipe and there is no need to pre-activate the yeast. Your family will love this buttery sandwich bread!

This bread recipe is perfect for people who don’t want to spend ages kneading dough by hand. It is also great for bread machine users who want to get rid of the mixing paddle “hole” found at the bottom of breads made with a bread machine. This white bread recipe also allows bread machine users to create a “normal” looking bread loaf versus the more block shaped loaf created by most bread machines. You will also find printable instructions and a “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of the page.

For this white bread recipe, you can use either instant yeast or bread machine yeast (which is instant yeast). While you can knead the dough by hand, our recipe shows you how to easily make this white bread with either a bread machine dough setting or an electric stand mixer with dough hook. The dough will then be finished in an oven.

White Bread Straight From The Oven (After Butter “Basting”)

White Bread Recipe Instant Yeast

Ingredients – White Bread Recipe Instant Yeast

  • 1 1/2 Cups – Milk (lukewarm)
  • 6 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 4 Cups – Bread Flour (not all purpose flour)
  • 2 Tablespoons – White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Instant Yeast

Servings – Roughly 12 slices

  • Equipment required for this recipe – Measuring cup & spoons, flexible spatula, cutting board, 9 x 5 bread pan, oven mitts, oven, wire cooling rack and a kneading machine to make the dough (either a bread machine or electric stand mixer with dough hook).

Sliced White Bread Instant Yeast

White Bread Recipe Instant Yeast

Listed below are instructions for making dough with different types of kneading machines

  1. Creating Dough with a Bread Machine
  2. Creating Dough with an Electric Stand Mixer with Dough Hook

Instructions – Creating Dough with a Bread Machine

  • Your bread machine should be unplugged.
  • Remove the bread pan from the bread machine (so when you add the ingredients, they can not accidentally spill into the machine).
  • Pour the milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients. Place the instant yeast (bread machine yeast) in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together by the bread machine). Some bakers like to make a small indent on top of the flour to prevent the yeast from spilling into the liquids or mixing with the salt before the machine is turned on.
  • Put the bread pan with ingredients back into unplugged bread machine.
  • Plug in bread machine. Enter the “Dough” setting on your bread machine and then press the “Start” button.
  • When the bread machine has finished making the bread dough, unplug the bread machine.
  • Remove the bread pan from the bread machine.
  • Now go to the instruction section below on “preparing the dough & baking the bread”. FYI – Ignore the instructions for the electric stand mixer below if you are using a bread machine to make your dough. Skip down to the preparing dough section.

Ingredients In A Bread Machine (Before Using The Dough Setting)

Instructions – Creating Dough with an Electric Stand Mixer with Dough Hook

  • Your electric mixer should be unplugged.
  • Remove the mixing bowl from the electric mixer.
  • Insert a dough hook into the electric mixer.
  • Pour the milk into the mixing bowl and then add the other ingredients. Place the instant yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the electric mixer is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together). Some bakers like to make a small indent on top of the flour to prevent the yeast from spilling into the liquids or mixing with the salt before the machine is turned on.
  • Place the mixing bowl back into the electric stand mixer.
  • Plug in the electric mixer and use a low speed to mix the dough. Mix the dough for 8-10 minutes.
  • Turn off the electric mixer and unplug machine.
  • Remove the mixing bowl from the electric mixer. Pour the dough into a second large mixing bowl that has been lightly “greased” with olive oil, melted butter, cooking spray, etc.
  • Loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 60 minutes.
  • After the dough has risen, go to the instruction section below on “preparing the dough & baking the bread”.

Dough Placed Into A Bread Pan To Rise For 60 Minutes

Instructions – Preparing the Dough & Baking the Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Sprinkle a little bit of flour onto a large cutting board.
  • Remove the dough from the bread pan or mixing bowl and place the dough on the cutting board.
  • Press down on the dough with your hands and create a “flattish” rectangle with the dough. The dough should be roughly 1 inch high.
  • Roll up the dough into a tight “jelly roll”. FYI – Please see this short instructional video for more information on how to shape the dough if you haven’t shaped bread dough before. It is easier to watch & learn from this short video versus trying to explain the rolling technique step by step.
  • Place the rolled up dough into the bread pan.
  • Optional – Gently press down on top of the dough so the edges of the dough press out towards the sides of the bread pan. This should result in little or no gaps between the dough and the bread pan. This helps the bread to turn into a nice loaf shape without any misshapen edges.
  • Brush melted butter on top of the dough with a pastry brush.
  • Loosely cover the top of the bread pan with plastic wrap. Set the covered bread pan aside for 60 minutes for the dough to rise into a nice loaf shape. The dough should rise slightly over the top of the bread pan after this 60 minute period.
  • Place the bread pan in the (preheated) oven to bake at 350 F for 37-42 minutes. Wear oven mitts when dealing with a hot oven. Place the bread pan in the middle of the oven.
  • Rotate the bread pan in the oven after 15-20 minutes (in order to ensure an even browning of the bread).
  • After the 37-42 minute baking period has finished, remove the bread pan from the oven. Wear oven mitts.
  • Remove the bread from bread pan and place the bread on a wire cooling rack. Wear oven mitts.
  • Optional – Brush melted butter on top of the bread with a pastry brush. This “basting” helps to create a more golden & tasty crust.
  • Allow the bread to cool down on the wire cooling rack for 1-2 hours before cutting the bread.

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Tips – White Bread Recipe Instant Yeast

  • The tips below are designed to help baking & bread making “novices”.
  • This buttery white bread recipe is the “oven version” of our very popular buttery bread machine white bread recipe. For the instant yeast bread recipe on this page, you will create the dough in your bread machine (or electric mixer) and bake the bread IN THE OVEN (thus no bread machine mixing paddle hole in the bottom of the bread). In contrast, our bread machine white bread recipe makes the dough in the bread machine and bakes the bread IN THE BREAD MACHINE.
  • Optional – If this buttery white bread is too bland for your family, you can “spice” it up by adding 1 teaspoon of your favorite herbs (i.e. dried rosemary, onion powder or Italian seasoning).
  • This white bread recipe uses instant yeast or bread machine yeast. It does NOT use active dry yeast.
  • Active dry yeast is different from instant yeast & bread machine yeast. Instant yeast & bread machine yeast are added directly to the recipe’s ingredients. In contrast, active dry yeast must be activated in water/milk before being added to a recipe’s ingredients. Many bakers find it quicker to use instant yeast because you just add it to the dry ingredients. With active dry yeast, you need to spend roughly 10 minutes “proofing” (activating) the yeast with a liquid & sugar.
  • I decided to make this bread recipe without active dry yeast because many bread machine users & novice bakers only have bread machine yeast or instant yeast at home. Moreover, there are plenty of good recipes for white bread with active dry yeast but not so many white bread instant yeast recipes.
  • This white bread instant yeast recipe was also designed to help bread machine users if they wanted to finish a bread in their oven (versus in their bread machine). For example, this recipe allows bread machine users to create a white bread without the standard bread machine mixing paddle “hole” in the bottom of the bread. It also allows bread machine users to create a “normal” shaped bread loaf (i.e. 9 x 5) versus the usual bread machine shaped bread “block”.

 

  • You can use all-purpose flour to make white bread. However, I would strongly recommend that you use bread flour when making homemade white bread. Bread flour has more gluten than all purpose flour and this means that bread flour has a greater ability to capture the carbon dioxide put out by the yeast. In turn, this means that white bread made with bread flour is airier & fluffier than bread made with all purpose flour.
  • Don’t use cold milk because that will inhibit the growth of the yeast. If you use cold milk, your bread may have trouble rising properly. The milk should be lukewarm in temperature. Of course, you should not make the milk too hot because the bread yeast can be killed by high temperatures.
  • This white bread recipe (instant yeast) is based on using either a bread machine or electric stand mixer with dough hook in order to make the dough. A bread machine is great for single loaves (or if you don’t have room for a large mixer). In contrast, a large electric stand mixer with dough hook is probably better if you want to create larger amounts of dough (i.e. dough to make 2+ bread loaves at the same time). The capacity for most bread machines is generally smaller than the capacity of the mixing bowl included with a large electric stand mixer.
  • If you like, you can knead the dough by hand. However, kneading dough by hand for 10-15 minutes is too much work for me!!! I prefer the bread machine or electric mixer to do the hard stuff.
  • The second rising of the dough (where the dough sits in the bread pan for 60 minutes) helps to reduce the potential of the bread top to crack. If you do not let the dough rise a second time, the top of your bread is more likely to burst or split in the oven (because the interior dough will continue rise while the exterior crust is hardening due to the oven heat). Don’t cheat and skip this second rising due to the lack of time… cough, cough… I have tried this before to my regret (as I was late to one of my son’s sporting events)!
  • Some bakers also like to score (slice) the top of their dough just before they put the bread pan in the oven. They often add 3 or 4 diagonal cuts to the top of the dough (about 1/2 inch deep) with a sharp serrated knife or special cutting tool (bread lame). This is another way to reduce unplanned cracks in the white bread as well as create a more visually interesting top to the bread.

 

  • FYI – The dough setting on bread machines lasts for roughly 1:30-1:50 hours. For example, on my Sunbeam 5891, the dough setting lasts for 1:30 (one hours & 30 minutes). However, on the Zojirushi Breadmaker BB-PAC20, the “regular dough” setting lasts for 1:50. Check your bread machine manual to see how long the dough setting lasts on your particular bread machine model.
  • You should let your bread cool down for 1-2 hours on the wire cooling rack before you cut any slices (or the slices will be “gummy” and not taste as good as expected). Excess interior moisture is released (via steam) during the cooldown period.
  • Examples of instant yeast that can be used for this bread recipe include Fleischmann’s Bread Machine Yeast, Fleischmann’s Instant Yeast, Saf Instant Yeast, Red Star Instant Yeast, etc. This recipe is not designed for active dry yeasts such as Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast, Red Star Active Dry Yeast, etc.
  • You might also be interested in our Oatmeal Bread (Instant Yeast) recipe. It is another delicious bread where you create the dough in your bread machine (or electric mixer) and finish it in your oven.
  • If you have not made bread in a long time, please buy some new bread machine yeast or instant yeast before making your bread. Old yeast can die or lose its potency and this will lead to bread that does not rise properly. Yeast is not likely to be viable if it has been sitting in your pantry for years.
  • Once you have opened the container that contains the yeast, the yeast will last longer if you store the bottle in the refrigerator or freezer. Just make sure the bottle is sealed tight (as yeast will deteriorate quickly if exposed to air, moisture and/or heat).
  • Be safe! Always wear oven mitts/gloves when dealing with a oven, bread machine, hot bread pan, etc.
  • Please visit Bread Dad’s main Homemade Bread Recipes or Bread Machine Recipes sections for many more easy bread recipes.

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Questions – White Bread Recipe Instant Yeast

How do I shape the dough in order to make a white bread loaf?

It is very easy to shape the white dough in order to fit it into a 9 x 5 bread pan before baking your white bread in the oven. Moreover, it should take you only a couple of minutes to shape the proper dough “jelly roll” needed to create a nice bread loaf. Please watch this Youtube video by King Arthur Baking because it is a very good (& short) instructional video. It is focused on how to shape the dough in order to make a “sandwich” loaf in a bread pan.

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Buttery White Bread Recipe (Instant Yeast)

This white bread recipe uses instant yeast to easily produce a delicious & buttery homemade bread. Instant yeast is a quicker way to make bread because it doesn't need to 10 minutes to "proof" (activate in a liquid). You just add the instant yeast to the dry ingredients when making the recipe and there is no need to pre-activate the yeast.
Prep Time2 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread machine white bread, buttery white bread recipe, white bread, white bread instant yeast, white bread recipe, white bread recipe bread machine yeast, white bread recipe instant yeast
Servings: 18 Slices
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk (lukewarm)
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 4 Cups Bread Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Instant Yeast

Instructions

Instructions - Creating Dough with a Bread Machine

  • Your bread machine should be unplugged.
  • Remove the bread pan from the bread machine (so when you add the ingredients, they can not accidentally spill into the machine).
  • Pour the milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients. Place the instant yeast (bread machine yeast) in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together by the bread machine). Some bakers like to make a small indent on top of the flour to prevent the yeast from spilling into the liquids or mixing with the salt before the machine is turned on.
  • Put the bread pan with ingredients back into unplugged bread machine.
  • Plug in bread machine. Enter the "Dough" setting on your bread machine and then press the "Start" button.
  • When the bread machine has finished making the bread dough, unplug the bread machine.
  • Remove the bread pan from the bread machine.
  • Now go to the instruction section below on "preparing the dough & baking the bread". FYI - Ignore the instructions for the electric stand mixer below if you are using a bread machine to make your dough. Skip down to the preparing dough section.

Instructions - Creating Dough with an Electric Stand Mixer with Dough Hook

  • Your electric mixer should be unplugged.
  • Remove the mixing bowl from the electric mixer.
  • Insert a dough hook into the electric mixer.
  • Pour the milk into the mixing bowl and then add the other ingredients. Place the instant yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the electric mixer is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together). Some bakers like to make a small indent on top of the flour to prevent the yeast from spilling into the liquids or mixing with the salt before the machine is turned on.
  • Place the mixing bowl back into the electric stand mixer.
  • Plug in the electric mixer and use a low speed to mix the dough. Mix the dough for 8-10 minutes.
  • Turn off the electric mixer and unplug machine.
  • Remove the mixing bowl from the electric mixer. Pour the dough into a second large mixing bowl that has been lightly "greased" with olive oil, melted butter, cooking spray, etc.
  • Loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 60 minutes.
  • After the dough has risen, go to the instruction section below on "preparing the dough & baking the bread".

Instructions - Preparing the Dough & Baking the Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Sprinkle a little bit of flour onto a large cutting board.
  • Remove the dough from the bread pan or mixing bowl and place the dough on the cutting board.
  • Press down on the dough with your hands and create a "flattish" rectangle with the dough. The dough should be roughly 1 inch high.
  • Roll up the dough into a tight "jelly roll". FYI - Please see the short instructional video below for more information on how to shape the dough if you haven't shaped bread dough before. It is easier to watch & learn from this short video versus trying to explain the rolling technique step by step.
  • Place the rolled up dough into the bread pan.
  • Optional - Gently press down on top of the dough so the edges of the dough press out towards the sides of the bread pan. This should result in little or no gaps between the dough and the bread pan. This helps the bread to turn into a nice loaf shape without any misshapen edges.
  • Brush melted butter on top of the dough with a pastry brush.
  • Loosely cover the top of the bread pan with plastic wrap. Set the covered bread pan aside for 60 minutes for the dough to rise into a nice loaf shape. The dough should rise slightly over the top of the bread pan after this 60 minute period.
  • Place the bread pan in the (preheated) oven to bake at 350 F for 37-42 minutes. Wear oven mitts when dealing with a hot oven. Place the bread pan in the middle of the oven.
  • Rotate the bread pan in the oven after 15-20 minutes (in order to ensure an even browning of the bread).
  • After the 37-42 minute baking period has finished, remove the bread pan from the oven. Wear oven mitts.
  • Remove the bread from bread pan and place the bread on a wire cooling rack. Wear oven mitts.
  • Optional - Brush melted butter on top of the bread with a pastry brush. This "basting" helps to create a more golden & tasty crust.
  • Allow the bread to cool down on the wire cooling rack for 1-2 hours before cutting the bread.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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