This 60-minute homemade bread recipe is perfect for those who want fresh, warm bread without spending hours in the kitchen. With a few simple ingredients and steps, you can enjoy a delicious loaf in just an hour. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to achieve a beautifully golden and crusty bread with a soft, fluffy interior.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of instant yeast, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir the dry ingredients together until well combined.
Step 3: Gradually add 1½ cups of warm water (110°F/45°C) to the dry ingredients while mixing. Stir until a sticky dough forms.
Step 4: Use a spatula or floured hands to shape the dough into a loaf and transfer it to the greased pan. Smooth the top of the dough to create an even surface.
Step 5: Cover the loaf pan with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes, allowing it to rise slightly.
Step 6: Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Step 7: Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.