Soft Loaf Recipe

A soft loaf of bread is a staple in many households, perfect for sandwiches, toast, or simply enjoying with butter. This recipe yields a light, fluffy loaf with a tender crumb and a deliciously soft crust. Ideal for beginner bakers and seasoned chefs alike, this loaf is straightforward to make and results in a comforting, homemade bread.



  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (about 110°F or 45°C)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg



Prepare the Dough:

  1. Activate the Yeast: In a small bowl, combine the warm milk and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, melted butter, and egg. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. Knead the Dough: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes, adding the remaining flour as needed until the dough is smooth and elastic.

First Rise:

  1. Let the Dough Rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Shape the Loaf:

  1. Punch Down the Dough: After the first rise, punch down the dough to release any air bubbles.
  2. Form the Loaf: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape it into a loaf by flattening it into a rectangle, folding the long edges toward the center, and then rolling it up tightly from the short end. Pinch the seams to seal.

Second Rise:

  1. Prepare the Pan: Place the shaped loaf seam-side down into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan. Cover with a towel and let it rise for another 30-45 minutes, or until it has risen just above the edge of the pan.


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Bake the Bread: Bake the loaf for 30-35 minutes, or until it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. If the top is browning too quickly, tent it with foil.

Cool and Serve:

  1. Cool the Bread: Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.



  • Check Yeast Freshness: Ensure your yeast is fresh by checking the expiration date and testing a small amount in warm water with sugar before starting.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure all ingredients, especially the milk and butter, are at the right temperature for better yeast activation.
  • Storage: Store the bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, wrap tightly and freeze.



  • Whole Wheat Loaf: Replace half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a heartier loaf.
  • Herb Loaf: Add 1-2 tablespoons of dried herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, or basil) to the dough for a flavorful twist.


Baking a soft loaf of bread at home is both rewarding and satisfying. With its tender crumb and soft crust, this loaf is perfect for any meal or snack. Enjoy the fresh, homemade taste of your own bread, and explore variations to find your favorite version!

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