Mamma’s Homemade Bread

Mamma’s Homemade Bread is a homemade recipe for bread. A crispy crust with soft and airy bread.

This bread is perfect with a bowl of Russian Borscht!

A loaf of homemade bread on a cutting board.

My mamma makes the best bread. We grew up with the smell of fresh bread in the oven. When mamma took it out of the oven everyone would rush to the kitchen to get a piece of hot fresh bread. The crust is my favorite part, has a crunch to it and it tastes oh so good!

I am so glad my mamma passed down this recipe to me and now I am honored to share this special recipe with you guys! It does take some time for rising, but so worth the wait.

The best part is that it freezes wonderfully! Once baked, wait for it to completely cool and wrap loaf in plastic wrap and place in freezer bag and away it goes. When ready to use just remove from freezer and let thaw. Once thawed, I then like to just bake it a few minutes to give the crust that crunchiness, no-one will know that the bread isn’t fresh. 🙂

I do like six loaves at a time, yup, yup, true story.

How to make mammas homemade bread dough in a bread loaf.

how to make homemade bread-

  • In a large bowl, add warm water, top with salt and stir the salt into the water. Sprinkle with the yeast on top of the water.
  • Sprinkle the sugar over the yeast.
  • Let the yeast activate for about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the sifted flour.
  • Knead for about 5-8 minutes until flour is incorporated and no lumps.
  • Add the olive oil and knead for another minute.
  • Cover and let the dough rise for 4-5 minutes.
  • Grease your bread pan with baking spray.
  • Shape the dough into a loaf and place into the pan.
  • Let the dough rise for an additional hour.
  •  Bake in a preheated oven to 375°F for an hour.
  • Once baked, let cool. Once a bit cooled, top with butter.
  • Enjoy.

Homemade bread loaf on a cooling rack topped with butter.

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Mamma's Homemade Bread

Soft bread with a crunchy coating.
Prep Time4 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade bread
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 256kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 1/4 cups flour, I use sapphire or five roses
  • Butter for glazing, optional


  • In a large bowl add the warm water. Add the salt around the edge of the water, gently stir the edges of the water. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water. Then sprinkle the sugar over the yeast. Cover bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes as the yeast activates and becomes foamy.
  • Add all the flour (sifted) to the water. Usually I am adding flour with one hand and mixing with the other. Knead for 5-8 minutes until all the flour is incorporated and no lumps. When hand gets sticky run it under warm water (don't dry hand) and continue kneading. Add the olive oil and knead for another minute. Cover the bowl and leave in a warm area. The dough needs to rise 4-5 hours.
  • Two times during the rising process gently push dough down, removing air bubbles. I usually do it 1 1/2 hours after kneading and 1 1/2 hours hours after that. It doesn't need to be exact, somewhere around there.
  • Grease your pan, I just use baking spray. Shape the dough into a loaf and place in the pan. Let rise an 45 -60 minutes, or until it doubled in size and over the rim of the top of pan. Bake in a preheated oven to 375°F 45-55 min.
  • When baked remove bread from pan and place onto cooling rack to cool. Once bread has cooled a bit, take butter and glaze the top of the loaf, this is definitely optional but we like it this way…
  • Enjoy..
Nutrition Facts
Mamma's Homemade Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 586mg25%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Show 17 Comments
  • Bonnie Cowsert 02/12/2019, 2:21 pm Link Reply

    Love this bread recipe. I wanted to know if i could put pickle juice in it to replace water? Wanted to try a different flavor.

    • Valentina's Corner 02/12/2019, 10:05 pm Link Reply

      Bonnie, I’ve never tested it with pickle juice and don’t know how it will affect the bread recipe. Sorry, that wasn’t very helpful. Thanks for visiting our online home.

  • Edita 09/21/2018, 1:46 pm Link Reply

    Do you really need two cups of water? I just did a dought, and it is VERY liquid dough. Thank you

    • Valentina's Corner 09/21/2018, 5:03 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Edita. Are you sure you measured out the flour correctly? The dough should be slightly sticky but NOT liquidy at all.

  • Tzivia 07/10/2018, 3:36 pm Link Reply

    Wow another good bread recipe to try it says to let it rise 4 or 5 hours tho I am wondering if I can let it rise overnight in the fridge covered would that work or is it best to do it on the same day thanx so much for all your recipes hun enjoy your summer cheers

    • admin 07/10/2018, 11:42 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Tzivia. So excited for you to try this. It’s my mom’s secret bread and everyone always asks for her recipe. Overnight will not work, 4-5 hours is best. 🙂 Enjoy, friend.

      • Tzivia 07/11/2018, 11:33 pm Link

        Ok so 4 -5 hours it is thanx sweetie Gnite cheers

  • Irina 01/02/2018, 2:40 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valentina… Right now as I’m writing I’m making your potato piroshki for Ukrainian Christmas Eve…I have a question what size of loaf pan do you use for this bread recipe. Thanks…

    • admin 01/02/2018, 4:58 pm Link Reply

      I hope you love the piroshki. For the pan 9″x5″. ?

  • Natalia 12/18/2017, 8:20 pm Link Reply

    Hi, I am wondering if i should use less flour because i live in Canada?

    • admin 12/19/2017, 11:37 am Link Reply

      The same amount of flour should work just fine! Enjoy. If anything you would need more flour, not less.

  • Yvonne 01/17/2016, 10:38 am Link Reply

    Hi there! Can I make this loaf using wholewheat flour?

    • admin 01/17/2016, 3:39 pm Link Reply

      Honestly, I’ve never tried it so I’m not sure either way:/. Sorry, I know that’s not helpful:/.,

  • Paula 10/22/2014, 5:57 pm Link Reply

    Do you use a warm oven for dough to rise during 5hrs? Also, what size of the pan do you use?

    Thanks a lot

    • admin 10/22/2014, 6:17 pm Link Reply

      No need to use a warm oven. Just have it out on your counter top. Just put it in the oven when ready to bake. You can use any size, I think mine is like 9ish x 4 1/2. Let me know how you like this.. 🙂

  • Ludmila 12/11/2013, 12:01 pm Link Reply

    How many loafs of bread do you get with this recepie? Thank you for great recepies!

    • admin 12/11/2013, 12:16 pm Link Reply

      I guess that would be nice to know, hehe:). Makes 1 large loaf.. Thanks for the lovely compliment..:)

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