Over 50,000 People a Day Are Viewing This Bread Recipe

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If you want to learn how to bake bread, this recipe is the place to start—and clearly other bakers agree too!

Whenever a hurricane, winter storm, or in this case, a pandemic hit people rush to the store to stock up on essentials. One of the essentials that always seems to sell out is bread. Now, everyone is stuck at home and the bread aisle is empty. So, it’s the perfect time to learn how to make this basic bread recipe from our sister site, Taste of Home. If you can’t get enough bread, try Joanna Gaines’ famous biscuit recipe as well.

This recipe only requires six ingredients and you probably already have them in your pantry. You’ll need yeast, water, sugar, salt, canola oil, and, of course, flour. After you’ve gathered your ingredients simply whisk them together, knead the dough, let it rise for around two hours, divide it into two loaves and then let it rise for another hour and a half, and then bake for 30-35 minutes. For more detailed instructions for beginner bakers, head over to Taste of Home to see the full recipe. Yes, it’s a little time consuming, but we really have nothing but time now. For something sweet, make these cookies that can be made even when your pantry is bare.

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Home chefs rave about how easy and delicious the recipe is in the comments. The number of people that visit the recipe every day is also saying something. At the beginning of March, this recipe was seeing less than 10,000 viewers per day. After people were given instructions to self-isolate, more and more people started finding this recipe. At its peak, 100,000 people were reading it every day! Now around 50,000 to 60,000 people are checking it out every day. Quarantine cooks are loving it! One home cook wrote:

“This recipe is AMAZING!!! I am a complete newbie when it comes to bread. I can make pizza dough like a pro but bread has always intimidated me. This recipe was easy to follow and I ended up with a bread better than the bakery (my picky eater’s words)! Don’t be intimidated, just follow written directions fully.”

One thing that bakers that tried this recipe did mention was that having a stand mixer helps a lot. If you don’t already have one, here’s one for under $100 that has great reviews. Pepperidge Farms, who? We’re only making homemade bread from here on out. If you’re in a baking mood now, try out these 3-ingredient recipes that don’t require a trip to the store.

To get a better idea of what you’ll be doing when you’re ready to make this basic homemade bread recipe, take a look at the video below.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for rd.com, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.