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White Bread Recipe

Try this white bread recipe and learn the secret to have the softest and most pillowy homemade white bread you can ever make without using commercial or synthetic bread softener. 


Try this white bread recipe and learn the secret to have the softest and most pillowy homemade white bread you can ever make without using commercial or synthetic bread softener. |

Because Madiss asked for it, so here it is! The recipe for the softest and most pillowy homemade loaf or white bread (that I can find).  Inspired by dessert first girl.

One of the things that I miss when I moved to Germany is the white bread.

In the Philippines, it is known in different names: loaf bread, pan, tasty, toast or others just call it, Gardenia, referring to the most popular brand.

Germans do have really good breads and they are quite proud of them. Most of these breads are hard crusted and chewy, the complete opposite of a white bread and from time to time I miss the soft, pillowy white bread that I have loved for so many years.  

It has been a staple in our household for as long as I can remember: as an alternative for pandesal for breakfast, for making sandwiches as our ‘baon’ (packed food) for school or as snacks when we are are having long road-trips and it is also always present on our table for every special occasion.  

I’ve tried some of the toast bread that is sold in the groceries here but of course, it is not the same, not bad only different. I would say the only similarity would be the square shape. So I knew that the only solution would be to learn how to make one!

Try this white bread recipe and learn the secret to have the softest and most pillowy homemade white bread you can ever make without using commercial or synthetic bread softener. |

I’ve tried different recipes already for white bread, but so far the closest I can find to the one I know is the milk bread or Hokkaido bread.

Most recipes though asks for bread flour but I always just use a regular all-purpose flour. The difference is that bread flour has more protein which helps to create more gluten and more rise in baked bread.

BUT ( yes there is a big but in there)  you usually use bread flour if you want your bread to be chewy or elastic and firm which I do not want my white bread to be. I want it soft and fluffy. This white bread recipe also uses Tangzhong or water roux (which is easier to make than to pronounce or spell I would say).

Tangzhong or Water Roux is simply a mixture of flour and water or, in this case, milk cooked into a smooth paste or pudding-like consistency. This is the secret to achieve that soft, springy white bread and it also keeps it like that longer as it helps the dough absorb more liquid and retain moisture.

Try this white bread recipe and learn the secret to have the softest and most pillowy homemade white bread you can ever make without using commercial or synthetic bread softener. |

If you happen to have some leftovers, I would suggest using it for making some Cinnamon French Toast Sticks like I usually do. This loaf is just the perfect bread for making these heavenly breakfast treat! 

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4.86 from 7 votes

White Loaf Bread Recipe

Make the softest and fluffiest White Loaf Bread without using commercial or synthetic bread softener at all using this recipe. Nothing beats healthy and homemade bread!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: white bread,white bread recipe
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 2075kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 130 ml whole milk
  • 1 tbsp instant dry yeast
  • 350 grams all-purpose flour
  • 60 grams sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 30 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 small egg - + 1 tablespoon water for egg wash

Water Roux

  • 25 grams flour
  • 100 ml milk


  • Prepare the water roux or Tangzhong first by whisking together the flour and milk in a saucepan and cooking it while stirring or whisking continuously over medium-low heat until it gets a pudding-like consistency. Let it cool down to room temperature before using.
  • Using a stand mixer with dough hook attachment, mix the flour, sugar and salt together. Add the yeast, Tangzhong, butter and egg then mix for 12 minutes at medium-low speed. It will be very sticky at the beginning but just keep on beating until the dough is smooth and no longer too tacky. Form the dough into a ball and coat it with oil. Place in a bowl and cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Let it rest for 30-40 minutes or until it doubled in size.
  • Roll dough into a long rectangle, with a length almost thrice the length of the loaf pan. Raise athird of the right side of the dough and fold into the middle, then do the sameon the left side. Once the dough is folded into three equal parts, roll it fromthe adjacent side of the fold in a jellyroll like fashion.
  • Place the dough in a greased 5"x9" loaf pan with the seam facing down and cover with kitchen towel. Allow resting for another 30 minutes to rise for the second time.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 30 minutes with the pan placed on a lower or middle rack. Take it out of the oven and paint the exposed part with egg wash then place back in oven for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and slice using your preferred thickness.


If you do not have a stand mixer, then simply knead by hand for about 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
White Loaf Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2075 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 414mg138%
Sodium 2769mg115%
Potassium 792mg23%
Carbohydrates 357g119%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 72g80%
Protein 57g114%
Vitamin A 1590IU32%
Calcium 356mg36%
Iron 18.9mg105%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for my kids and they turned out perfectly fluffy! My kids loved them 😊 i just sliced through them before putting on the pan for the second rise and they rised so much giving it a soft and pillowy texture. I’m never buying commercial breads again. 💞

  2. Hi , I seen thus receipe and I am wanting so bread, and I like you prefer all pupose as bread flour makes my bread to firm for my liking, but in your receipe is the butter melted and cooled or softened?

  3. Hi Bebs.
    Can you please convert the measurements of this White Bread recipe into cups and/or grams, not just for me but for others, too. Just as well, I got my scale in ounces and in pound, but prefer to use in cups and in grams instead. Made them and it’s perfect. Thanks.

    1. Hi Espie, you can actually switch all our recipes to either US customary or metric just by clicking which one you prefer under the word INGREDIENTS. For this one I made it in metric (grams and ml) because the ratio is important.

  4. 4 stars
    I made this today but it didn’t get nearly as high and fluffy as yours. I was careful to measure and follow steps – I even bought a scale to make sure amounts were exact. I haven’t cut into it yet (I just took it out of the oven). I’m sure it will be good, but to be honest, it doesn’t look much like yours. I’ll try again on a day that’s not as humid – maybe that was at least part of the problem.

    1. Hi Marlene, it could be several factors that affect the rising of the loaf. Like the yeast you used or the size of the pan. The temperature when you let it rise is also a factor. If your kitchen is cold and humid then it will need more time to rise. Just let it rise the second time a little longer before baking it.

  5. Thank you, Thank you! The extra steps are SOOOOOO worth the results! My husband is now convinced we do not need to buy sandwich bread ever again! =)

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is a keeper! Thank you so much. Now, I don’t have to buy store bought white bread.
    I used a bread machine and I love how I turned out. I added raisins..
    All the best!

  7. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe today using my bread maker, it turned out really great. The bread was so soft and fluffy. Really recommended recipe! Thanks!

  8. Hi! I am confused with the amount of yeast that you indicated in this recipe. I think 1 lb or 450g is too much for 1 recipe. Kindly clarify. Thanks!

    1. Hi Arlene, I am so sorry for the confusion. We moved to a new recipe plugin with automatic conversion and it seems that a wrong amount was entered (Armin was in charge of that, never send a man to do a woman’s job eh!). I corrected it and will be double checking the rest of our recipes. Thanks for bringing this up!

    1. Hi Lynn, glad you like the recipe. What kind of bacon and cheese bread do you have in mind? Is it like a roll with filling or is it a loaf with bacon and cheese scattered inside?

  9. 5 stars
    You are as awesome as ever Ms. Bebs.. Thank you Ms. Debbie Bebs for this wonderful recipe. It’s truly soft pillowy bread ???? and delicious ???? too. God bless you more.. Hope you can make puto and other Filipino delicacies. Thank you.

  10. 5 stars
    Hi Bebs,

    I divided the dough and made 2 small loaf bread using 4″x8″ loaf pan. One is plain white bread and the other loaf I added kalamata olives and basil. It turned out really nice and fluffy! Me and my husband loved it! We ate both bread without any spread and while it’s hot. Thank you!

    1. Wow! You just made me miss the olive bread we used to buy on our Italian vacations. It is a bit crusty and chewy. I should make some soon! Btw, since you liked this bread loaf recipe then I would also recommend that you try my Cinnamon French Toast Sticks. I make them from the same white bread when I have some leftovers.

  11. Hi bebs, good morning. I love cooking and baking too. I would like to try your recipe but i dont have whole milk. Can i use regular fresh milk instead? Thank you in advance


  12. Hi Bebs,

    Thank you!

    Anyway, I will challenge myself to make my very first loaf bread. I was able to buy a loaf pan however I can only find 4″x8″. I will divide ng dough into 2 and let you know.


    1. Hi Ann, it needs the higher sides of a loaf pan for the support so it could rise. If you don’t have a loaf pan then just use the recipe to make rolls. Make about 14 to 16 balls and arrange them on a tray 2-3cm apart and bake.

  13. Hi Bebs,

    I do not have kitchen weighing scale, if you can also show what is the equivalent weights in cup?
    This is for the white bread recipe.

    1. Hi Ces,
      here are the measurements in cups, they are not the exact equivalent but it should do:
      350g all-purpose flour = 3 cups
      60g sugar = 1/3 cup
      30g butter =1/8 cup
      25g flour = a little less than 1/4 cup

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