America’s Favorite Batter Bread

5.0 from 8 reviews
America's Favorite Batter Bread
Make this quick and easy white bread with no kneading! Expect a more open texture and a top crust that has a rougher appearance than kneaded breads. As with all batter breads, it is best when fresh-baked.

This recipe makes 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Water (120°-130°F)
  • 2 TBSP Vegetable oil or Shortening
  • 6+1/2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 TBSP Salt
  • 3 TBSP Sugar
  • 4+1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • Butter as desired
Instructions
  1. This recipe is featured at My Kitchen Addiction.

  2. *Baker’s Note: Cake pans, casserole dishes, pie plates, coffee cans, muffin tins, or other oven-proof dishes may be used. Fill containers half full to allow space for rising.

Traditional Baking Method

  1. In large mixer bowl, combine 3+1/2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. Add water and shortening or oil to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in remaining flour to make a stiff batter. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 30 minutes.

  2. Stir down batter with a spoon. Divide dough evenly between 2 greased bread pans, 8 x 5-inch. (See Baker's note for other pan options.) Cover; let rise in warm place until batter reaches tops of pans, 20 to 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pans immediately; place on rack. Brush with butter; cool before cutting.

  3. You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use ½ tsp Instant yeast (or ¾ tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.

 

10 Comments
  1. So easy to make. Nice dense bread. Great for toast and French toast. Haven’t bought store bread since I found this recipe.

  2. I have been trying for months to find a simple recipe for sandwich bread but they have all been disasters. I bought some yeast from the store with this recipe on the package and made it right away. Perfect!! That is the only way to describe this bread. It is so easy to make, slices perfectly and tastes great! I will never use another recipe for our sliced bread.

  3. I used to make this when the kids were small. After the last punch down, I’d use a serving spoon to take off an amount that the kids could handle in their hands and deep fry it. My kids, neighbor kids and all the adults loved it. Had to start serving it with dinner per request. To the best of it, no one ever gained weight from it.

  4. I have made a loaf of this bread for my husband and me each week for the last month or so…every loaf comes out PERFECT!! It is delicious, easy to throw together and makes the best toast ever! I was looking for a recipe that didn’t require kneading and this is the ticket! I divided the recipe so that it only makes one loaf since there are just 2 of us at home but plan on making some loaves for Christmas. Thank you for the recipe…it’s a keeper!

  5. Made this recipe and froze one loaf. After you punch down and seperate put one loaf in freezer in the pan overnight in morning wrap in plastic wrap and return to freezer. When you unthaw allow to I thane covered with cooking spray on plastic wrap for about 3-4 hours in a semi warm place. Rises as it unthaws and bake at 375 till golden on top. Works great.

  6. Quick and simple to prepare, quick rise, and it bakes up golden and perfect, every time. Wonderful taste and texture. Great for sandwiches and toast.

  7. Tried this recipe, loved the bread, next time I will try frying some!

  8. delicious!!! Eating it fresh from the oven as I type!

  9. Yummy…Boyfriend Approved!!

    So my boyfriends mom makes bread from scratch all the time. Thought I’d surprise him and make some bread. (first time bread maker) Found this recipe and he loves it! Even his mom approved! So it is a regular in our house now with me making 4-6 loves a week. Not to mention it freezes very well. :)

  10. My family loves this bread !! I am so thankful for that. Honestly for anyone who is a little apprehensive about yeast baking this is a fool proof method. Follow the instructions and you will not be dissappointed at all. The more you make the more it gets better – and I would suggest a baking the thermometer for the water temp. Happy baking !

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