4.9 from 14 reviews
America's Favorite Batter Bread (+ video)
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.
Yield: 2 loaves
  • 3 cups water (120-130°F)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil or shortening
  • 6½ cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • Butter as desired
  1. In large mixer bowl, combine 3½ 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 Notes 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. This recipe is featured at My Kitchen Addiction.
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.

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.

America's Favorite Batter Bread | Make this quick and easy white bread with no kneading! Find recipe at redstaryeast.com.

  1. the ingredients list is listing 6 1/2 cups of flours but the instructions is saying to use 3 1/2 cups …. can you please tell me what quantity to use for 2 loafs

    • Hi Yves,
      You will find where to add the remaining flour a few sentences into the first paragraph of the instructions:
      In large mixer bowl, combine 3½ 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.
      Happy baking!

  2. What can be used instead of bread flour ?

    • Hi Pat,
      We recommend using bread flour in the is recipe due to its higher protein content / better gluten forming properties. However, you could use all-purpose flour. The dough may need less liquids due to the lower protein in all-purpose flour, and you won’t get as high of volume in the finished bread.
      Happy baking!

    • This is likely too late to be of help to you, OP, but in case anyone else is wondering the same…

      You can also alter your AP flour to increase its protein content. To mimic bread flour, I add 1 tsp of vital wheat gluten per cup of AP flour.

  3. Love this recipe! Today I used wheat flour for a third of the required measurement. So good!! I use oil. Honestly…. This is a GREAT recipe.

    • i forgot to mention that i use my mixer with dough hooks in for the entire mixing portion.

  4. I use this recipe when I’m feeling lazy or in a hurry. You can’t mess it up beyond repair no matter what. Give it a try you won’t be disappointed. Consistent every time too. On loaf 20 as we speak.

  5. I made this bread today and it is delicious. I used shortening instead of oil. I used King Arthur bread flour. The flavor is quite delicious considering the small amount of effort put into this bread, and the fact that it doesn’t rise very long. I baked it for 35 minutes and the internal temperature of the finished bread was 205 degrees. I brushed butter on the top. The crust is very soft and delicious. The crumb is light and airy and pillowy soft. This would be perfect for sandwiches because the bread is so soft. I will definitely be making this one regularly.

  6. I made this bread today. I followed the recipe exactly. It was my first attempt at sandwich bread and it is perfect! My family loves it! I made grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and they were great! How do I store it? Right now it is wrapped in a towel. Should I put it in plastic wrap? Thank you!

  7. I’ve made three loaves, the first with platinyum yeast mixed as directed, big delicious loaf using three cups of ap organic flour…a five lb bag is 5.50 @kroger.this loaf was hole free mostly, dense but airy and very easy to put together as my first loaf of bread. sliced nicely with a sereated knife!
    Now this time I only had storebrand yeast that was active dry..I spilled some opening the two packs and my dough seems to have a lot of marble size airholes at the bottom of loaf. it rose nicely I used 1/2 cup water out of the total to feed the yeast. ii wondrr can this sit overnight for more flavor?

    • Hi Annie,
      Yes, you can let the batter/dough sit overnight. This would be considered the ‘first rise’. When you’re ready to continue, let the batter sit on the counter for about 1/2 hour to warm up and then proceed with the next step (adding the batter to the bread pans).

      I hope you will find this information helpful.

  8. 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 !

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

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