Grandma's Easy Homemade Butter Bread Recipe (Makes 2 Loaves) by 30Seconds Food

Grandma's Easy Homemade Butter Bread Recipe (Makes 2 Loaves)

What is it about making your own homemade bread? Is it the love and care that goes into making it? Is it the heavenly smell that fills the house as the bread bakes? Is it knowing exactly what's in that loaf of bread you're eating? We think it's all of those. Whether you're a seasoned baker or a beginner, this easy homemade butter bread recipe straight out of Grandma's recipe box is one for the (recipe) books.

This soft butter bread is really easy to make and has simple ingredients: sugar, yeast, flour, milk, honey, butter, eggs and salt. The bread dough can be kneaded in a stand mixer or by hand. Allow about one hour and 45 minutes of rising time. The dough is divided in two and baked for about 30 minutes or until golden. Brush the tops of the hot bread loaves with melted butter after it comes out of the oven, and let it cool before slicing and snacking.

Use this easy butter bread recipe for sandwiches or slather butter on it as a side dish for dinner. This soft bread makes wonderful toast (think cinnamon toast!) for breakfast. If you can't use both loaves, share one with a friend, family member or neighbor!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 1/2 hours
Servings: 20 (makes 2 loaves)


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 7  - 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 1 cup whole milk, warm
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • olive oil, for pans and brushing
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing on top

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Recipe Notes

  • To help your bread stay even softer, put a few ice cubes at the bottom of the oven when baking.
  • Cool the baked bread completely before you slice.
  • Store the bread in an airtight container.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put the warm water and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the yeast and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes. 
  2.  On low speed, add 1 cup of the flour, milk, honey, butter, egg, egg yolk and salt. Mix until combined. With the dough hook attachment, slowly start adding 6 to 6 1/2 cups more flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Once this happens, continue to mix for about 3 more minutes. (You can also remove it and knead by hand for about 5 to 8 minutes.) 
  3. Brush the top of the dough with a little olive oil to coat, cover and let the dough rise for about 1 hour. It should double in size.  
  4. Punch the dough down and put onto a floured work surface. Divide into two. With a rolling pin, roll each half into a rectangle about 13 by 9 inches. Roll the dough up into a log and put into an oiled 9x5-inch loaf pan. Repeat with the second half. Cover and let the bread rise again for about 45 minutes. 
  5. Bake the bread in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 30 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and immediately brush with the melted butter. Cool completely before slicing. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 247

Total Fat: 3.7g

Saturated Fat: 1.9g

Cholesterol: 26mg

Sodium: 246mg

Total Carbohydrate: 47.8g

Dietary Fiber: 1.4g

Total Sugars: 14.3g

Protein: 5.9g

Vitamin D: 7mcg

Calcium: 25mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 92mg

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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, so delicious. Homemade bread is just one of those things we cannot get enough of. Pure comfort from the oven!
I rarely eat white bread. Do you think I could substitute half whole wheat flour instead?
Thanks in advance! Have a great weekend, everyone 🤞
Donna John
I've never done it, but I see all the time where bakers substitute some of the flour for whole-white flour, so I'm betting it would be fine. Let us know how it turns out!

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