Bread has long been considered necessary for sustenance across the world historically, but did you know that bread's significance as a staple in our diets has inspired some terms of nobility? 

That's right. The word "lord" is derived from the Old English term of "hlaford," which translates to "giver of bread." Meanwhile, the origins of "lady" is believed to come from "hlæfdige," meaning "the kneader of bread."

Over the years, society has started to trust grocery stores and bakeries to supply bread instead of resorting to baking a loaf at home. Others have discarded eating bread due to the carbohydrates and gluten it's infamous for being loaded with. Yet, as a habitual sandwich eater, I cannot go without a thick slice every once in a while. 

I've even learned to make homemade bread in my dorm's community kitchen. This basic bread recipe not only requires few ingredients, but requires little time to make.  

Easy Homemade Bread

  • Prep Time:1 hr 45 mins
  • Cook Time:35 mins
  • Total Time:2 hrs 20 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Easy


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water divided
  • 3 tablespoons dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
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  • Step 1

    In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour and salt.

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  • Step 2

    Activate the dry yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water. Stir with a fork until bubbly.

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  • Step 3

    Add the yeast mix and the additional 1 cup of warm water to the dry ingredients.

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  • Step 4

    Stir around until soft and doughy.

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  • Step 5

    Drizzle the olive oil on top of the dough.

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  • Step 6

    Knead the bread with your hands.

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  • Step 7

    Cover the dough with tin foil to let rise for an hour.

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  • Step 8

    After an hour, knead the bread again for a few minutes. Re-cover to let rise for another twenty minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

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  • Step 9

    Grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan and spread the dough evenly in it.

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  • Step 10

    Bake for 35 minutes or until crispy and golden on the outside. Let cool.

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You can serve this bread with butter, or try another spread to complement your slice. You can eat this white bread at warm or cooled. Also, don't forget share your loaf with your roommates and become the Lord of the Dorm. 

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Make a loaf of homemade white bread for the holidays, your sandwiches, and maybe just to impress your relatives with your simple baking skills. Nothing really beats a crispy, warm bread you make yourself.