Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Total Time
3 Hours 50 Mins
Makes 2 loaves

This top-rated bread has a tender crumb and soft crust.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine yeast, warm water, and 2 tsp. sugar in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in eggs, next 3 ingredients, 3 cups flour, and remaining sugar. Beat dough at medium speed, using paddle attachment, until smooth. Gradually beat in remaining 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour until a soft dough forms.

Step 2

Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 to 10 minutes), sprinkling surface with flour as needed. Place dough in a lightly greased large bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85º), free from drafts, about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Step 3

Punch dough down; turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half.

Step 4

Roll each dough half into an 18- x 9-inch rectangle. Starting at 1 short end, tightly roll up each rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, pressing to seal edges as you roll. Pinch ends of dough to seal, and tuck ends under dough. Place each dough roll, seam side down, in a lightly greased 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Brush tops with oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85º), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 375º. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until loaves are deep golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to a wire rack, and brush loaves with melted butter. Let cool completely (about 1 hour).

Step 6

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Step 7

Country Crust Wheat Bread: Substitute 3 cups wheat flour for 3 cups bread flour.

Step 8

Country Crust Cheese Bread: Sprinkle 1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese onto each dough rectangle before rolling up.

Ratings & Reviews

The best crust I have ever made!

January 24, 2017
I love making bread but I find the crust is usually too tough for me but this bread is just perfect!!!! So easy to make too.  After rolling it out I sprinkled it with cinnamon and sugar and it came out so delicious.  Definitely saving this and going to make it again.  Thank you for sharing this!

NurseRatchet's Review

August 27, 2016
I have made this bread several times and it always comes out perfectly.  Great for sandwiches and toast.

Surfergirl42's Review

March 09, 2013
We really enjoyed this bread for sandwiches. I only made half a recipe as I only have one bread pan...but the entire loaf was gone in one evening! Yummy! Definite repeat recipe!

kryshernandez's Review

November 23, 2012

NovemberMommy's Review

March 16, 2012

elmaelliot's Review

January 08, 2011
Made this to the original recipe but halved the amounts so it would fit in my bread machine.Came out excellent.Then tried it substituting one cup of whole wheat flour for one of the cups of white flour(again halving the recipe)Came out great.Finally found a good bread recipe.(good for toasting too)

bakeitsister's Review

January 01, 2011
Tried this over New Year's long week-end---WOW. My family loved it and said please don't buy bread from the store again!

RedfoxEstonia's Review

November 17, 2010
excuse me, but this is not a bread, it is "sai". It is white. Bread is black. At least in these corners.... but for a "sai" it is a good recipe.

Goofeyhen's Review

September 21, 2010
Wow! This bread is excellent! I used instant yeast so I mixed together dry ingredients, then added liquids and mixed 7 or 8 minutes, let rest 5 minutes, made into loaves as directed and completed the instructions as directed. This is one that I'll keep and make over and over. It also toasts nicely for breakfast. Thanks very much!!

CutiePie85's Review

September 14, 2010
This recipe is simple and tasty.