Farmhouse White Bread

Though we’re glad that chewy, rustic breads of the European type are becoming more widely available, we fear that old-fashioned farmhouse white bread is on the endangered species list.

The milk in the recipe not only adds protein and minerals, but it also creates a tender, spongy texture, a greater sweetness and a golden crust. The dough rises high in the bowl, promising plenitude.

It makes great butter rolls, too. Just roll out a loaf’s worth, spread with melted butter, and roll like a jelly roll. Cut 1-½ inch lengths, put them cut-side down in well-buttered muffin tins, and bake at 425 degrees F until risen and well browned, about 20 minutes.


Scald 3 cups fresh milk with 3 tablespoons butter. Set aside to cool.
Dissolve 2 packages dry yeast (2-3/4 teaspoons per pack) in 1/2 cup warm water.
Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 3 tablespoons sugar in large mixing bowl. To this mixture add the dissolved yeast and milk.
Gradually stir in about 7 more cups of flour. (I substitute 1-1/2 cups or 2 cups whole wheat bread flour for some all-purpose.)


Knead until dough is smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes), then set the dough to rise in large bowl in a warm place until it has doubled in size (1-½ hours). Punch down and let rise again (about 1 hour). After the second rising, form into loaves and let rise again in bread pans. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and bake until loaves are nicely browned and sound hollow when turned out of the pan and tapped on the bottom, about 35 minutes.

Delicious when warm, in sandwiches, as toast, and when several days old, as French toast.

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3 loaves, or 2 loaves and a dozen rolls.


Lucy L. Martin, Whitefield, Maine


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Reader rating of 5 out of

Reader rating of 5 out of 5.100% of readers would make this recipe again.
Would I make this recipe again? I make it on a weekly basis. It is a high rising bread that is excellent for everything and stays fresh a long time. I would highly recommend this bread for anyone looking to replace store bought bread. It looks difficult to make but is very easy and forgiving if you make a mistake in rising. – Reviewed by Margaret Niles
Yes, this is a very good white bread. When I made it the first time, it was gone in one day --a very easy recipe even for a beginner. I will make it again and again. – Reviewed by Bob Sekerak
This bread was easy to make and tasted fantastic. It rose and browned into a very attractive loaf, with a nice consistency. Easy to cut for sandwiches, and didn't collapse. I will make this one again. cheers!! Kim M – Anonymous Review
I gave a loaf to a friend who said he had not tasted bread like this since that which his mother baked! – Anonymous Review
This is the same bread Mother made every week when we were kids. I was 19 when I had my first store-bought bread. – Anonymous Review

how long do you let it rise

how long do you let it rise in the pan?

I didn't write the recipe but

I didn't write the recipe but without any other input, I would probably let it rise for another hour.

Let rise in the pan for 1

Let rise in the pan for 1 hour.

This sounds like a wonderful

This sounds like a wonderful bread.
Please tell me what size bread pans, loaf pans to use.

Hi Adriana, you can use any

Hi Adriana, you can use any standard size loaf pan, we suggest 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2.

Thank you so much. I will

Thank you so much.
I will give this bread a try real soon.
Happy Baking!

I tried it and it came out

I tried it and it came out great. I think I would grease the bowl before letting it rise, the dough was a little sticky. And the recipe doesn't mention reshaping or kneading a little again after rising, before the second rising, or even the third. But it needs to be done.
I made the butter rolls, and I thought they were just alright, but my husband loved them. He asked if it's possible to over dose on bread (he plans to find out) :D
I will make it again.

When I was a girl, every

When I was a girl, every Saturday my mother did the same things. She made bread and rolls, did laundry, and made a kettle of goulash for supper. There were warm rolls with the goulash to eat while watching "Gunsmoke" on tv. This recipe brought me right back to those days. It's been at least 25 years since I made bread from scratch, so it didn't turn out perfect, but it was still good enough that I am going to keep making it until I get it right. Bread making only seems hard, but it's more tedious with all that kneading and waiting for it to raise. This is a great recipe, very basic and easily fits into the realm of comfort food.

I made this bread yesterday

I made this bread yesterday after finding the recipe I used half and half because all I had was 2% and half and half and thought the half and half would be closer to whole milk...I made 2 loaves and 10 rolls...they came out great.

Is there a bread machine

Is there a bread machine recipe for this bread? I would knead it except I have a problem with one of my hands. This recipe sounds delicious and I can't wait to bake it!

We've learned an easy

We've learned an easy alternative to manual kneading--use the "dough" function found on your bread machine. You'll want to keep an eye on it the first time you try the recipe. You will still need to put it in a bowl to rise.

You can also try using a stand mixer with a dough hook for kneading.

When the dough is ready, it will form small bubbles under the surface and will be elastic and soft.