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Basic White Bread

Recipe for a vegan Basic White Bread. Super soft, very versatile, delicious, quick and easy! You’ll only need 5 simple ingredients. You can use this recipe to make loaves, buns, even pizza crust, and flatbread. No need to buy bread anymore in the supermarket!

A loaf of Basic White Bread cut in slices

I have been making this Basic White Bread literally for years now. It’s the perfect base recipe for all of your bread adventures!

It’s delicious, fluffy and you can easily add special ingredients to it like olives (I love that one for grilling), caraway seeds, sunflower seeds, dried tomatoes…

It is perfect for sandwiches, bruschetta or to make some rolls (like these Seeded Burger Buns or these Pretzel Buns).

Usually, when I make this bread, I double the recipe, make one loaf with part of the dough and some rolls to use as burger buns. You can also sprinkle some sesame seeds, flax seeds or poppy seeds on top!

How to make a Basic White Bread Loaf

The ingredients

You’ll only need 5 simple ingredients for this Basic White Bread:

  • all-purpose flour (you could also use a mix of spelt or whole wheat flour with all-purpose flour to make it more nutritious and healthier)
  • active dry yeast
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • water

Sounds easy, right?! Well, it is!

Even if you have never baked your own bread, this is the perfect time for it! This is the perfect bread baking beginner recipe!

Tip: Just keep in mind that the yeast will need time to make the dough rise for about 1-2 hours depending on the room’s temperature (it needs less time in a warmer room e.g. in the summer). A good bread just needs a bit of time. But as long as you keep in mind to start early enough, you will be rewarded with delicious crispy white bread!

The basic steps

flour, yeast, and salt in a bowlStep 1: Combine flour, instant yeast, and salt.

flour, yeast, salt, oil, and water in a bowl Step 2: Add olive oil and water.

kitchen machine kneading the bread doughStep 3: Use a kitchen machine with a dough hook (or knead with your hands) to make the bread dough.

bread dough in a bowl to rise Step 4: Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough rise in warm spot for 1-2 hours.

bread dough after rising Step 5: After 1-2 hours, the dough should have approximately doubled in size.

bread loaf before baking Step 6: Form a bread loaf and carve the surface with a knife.

A loaf of Basic White BreadStep 7: Bake the bread in the oven until golden brown.

Serve the Basic White Bread with…

How to store bread…

Homemade bread is the best on the day it is baked. Store leftovers at room temperature – a breadbox would be best, or a paper bag or in a container with a not completely closed lid to allow airflow. I like to toast bread slices when I use bread that I have baked the day(s) before.

A loaf of Basic White Bread

Versatile Multi-Purpose Bread Dough

Pizza, Naan, Rolls, Bread Loaf and Garlic Herb Breadsticks made with the Multi-Purpose Bread

What if I told you.. you could make all of this with the basic white bread recipe?! Well.. you can! This bread dough is the perfect base recipe for bread loaves, burger buns, breadsticks, even fluffy naan, and pizza crust! The possibilities are endless!

Bread FAQ

Vegan Bread? Isn’t all bread vegan?

Unfortunately not! Some breads contain milk or honey, sometimes the surface is brushed with egg whites. It’s always good to check the labels for non-vegan ingredients.

Is yeast vegan?

Yeast is classified as a fungus (just like mushrooms) and therefore vegan-friendly. So no worries, you can eat yeast as a vegan!

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe as much as I do! I’d love to hear what you’re making with the basic white bread recipe!

Cheers, Bianca

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Basic White Bread

Elephantastic Vegan
You can use this basic white bread recipe for all kinds of breads: bread loaves, burger buns, flatbread, pizza crust, bagels, pretzels,... Anything is possible!
4.35 from 40 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 45 mins
Course Basics, Bread
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 984 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, instant yeast, and salt. Then add the olive oil and water and stir to combine, then knead with your hands (or use a kitchen machine with a dough hook) until it comes together in a smooth dough*.
  • Let it sit, covered with a clean kitchen towel, in a warm spot until it doubles in size (about 1 1/2-2 hours).
  • Preheat the oven to 200 °C or 400 °F.
  • Form a bread loaf and carve the surface of the dough lightly with a knife (I've made one long cut across the bread).
  • Then bake the bread in the oven until the surface is golden**. You can knock on the bottom of the bread and when it sounds hollow it's done!


*Adjusting the dough: If the dough is too crumbly, add a bit more water. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour. 
**Baking times: How long the bread needs to be in the oven depends on the form you're making. Loaves need about 20-30 minutes, rolls 15-20 minutes.


Serving: 1loafCalories: 984kcalCarbohydrates: 195gProtein: 30gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 794mgPotassium: 382mgFiber: 9gCalcium: 38mgIron: 11.9mg
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This post was first published in July 2014. Updated in February 2019.

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