Easy Yeast Bread

easy yeast bread

This bread recipe makes a rustic, sort of dense yeast bread. It’s simple to make and requires very little kneading, although if you like a less dense bread, you can make it the traditional way, kneading for 6-10 minutes. An hour of the prep time is simply waiting for it to rise. It is delicious – and I’m lucky I took the photo before the dog stole the entire loaf off of the table. He likes my bread and hopefully, so will you. And don’t mind the scratch on my table!

Easy Yeast Bread

  • Prep Time: 1h 10m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 1h 40m
  • Yield: 1 loaf


  • 3 1/2 c flour (I use a combination of white and whole wheat)
  • 2 1/4 tsp. yeast
  • 1 1/2 c warm water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds (or poppy seed, if desired)


  1. Stir yeast and sugar into warm water until dissolved
  2. Stir salt and 1 1/2 cups of flour into mixture. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  3. Add remaining flour to form a soft dough
  4. Turn out onto a floured board and knead for a couple of minutes, adding flour as needed
  5. Shape into two loaves and place on baking sheet
  6. Brush tops with warm water and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds
  7. Let rise for 30 minutes
  8. Bake in a 425F oven until golden (about 30 minutes)

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