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Bread is one of my favorite things to make. It’s simple, inexpensive and sustaining. And when I make it myself I know exactly what’s going into it and the quality of the ingredients. This recipe makes a single, beautiful loaf, or break it up into 12 perfectly sized dinner rolls. It also works well in a 6-count mini loaf pan.

Easy Bread Recipe

This recipe is for a dinner roll that leans a bit to the sweet side. It's soft and delicious!

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12


Yeast Prep

  • 2 tbsp Warm Water
  • 1 1/2 tsp Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar

Additional ingredients

  • 15 oz Bread or All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 c Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • 1/4 c Sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c warm water


  1. In a small cup or bowl, combine 2 tbsp warm water with yeast and 1/2 tsp sugar. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes until it’s nice and bubbly. 

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour yeast mixture, water, flour, shortening, sugar and salt. 

  3. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on low until all ingredients are incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. 

  4. Continue to mix on speed 2 for 7 minutes. 

  5. Remove dough and place in a clean bowl that has been greased lightly with oil. Turn dough over to coat. Cover the bowl with a clean, damp cloth or lightly cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to allow dough to double in size.

  6. After dough doubles in size (roughly 1 hour), gently punch down to eliminate bubbles. 

  7. Grease 9x4 loaf pan. Shape dough into a loaf and place in pan. Leave In a warm spot to let rise again until doubled in size.

  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  9. Bake loaf for 25-30 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped lightly on top. Makes 1 loaf.

  10. For rolls: After first rising, divide dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into small balls. Place the balls in a greased 9x13 pan. Let rise until doubled and bake for 18-20 minutes.

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