Julia Child’s White Bread Recipe

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The Little White Loaf

{the LBD} of the kitchen


Basic White Bread


It doesn’t matter how often you bake bread.  Or if you are a wheat bread only person. Everyone needs a recipe for a basic white bread.

We are primarily a wheat bread making and eating family, but with that said, there is nothing better than a soft and buttery white loaf,and if a soft and buttery loaf is what you are after, then you MUST try Julia Child’s recipe. I have made so many loaves over the years, and it still by far the BEST basic white bread recipe in existence.


Basic White Bread


Whether for sandwiches, toasted with jam,  or simply snacking on with butter, this loaf is simply perfect.


Basic White Bread


Julia Child’s Little White Loaf


  • 1 1/4 cups warm water{about 110}
  • 1 envelope of active dry yeast {Red Star}
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour {King Arthur}
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup of softened butter {in tablespoon size pieces}


  • Put 1/4 cup of the water into a bowl and mix with yeast and sugar til foamy.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes
  • Put the yeast mixture, the rest of the water, the salt and half of the flour into the mixer with the dough hook.
  • Mix until blended, and then add the remaining flour
  • add butter 1 tbsp at a time
  • knead until you have a smooth soft ball
  • Turn the dough into a well oiled bowl
  • Cover and let rise until doubled {about an hour}Punch down dough, and shape into a rectangle
  • Fold the rectangle in thirds{like a letter}
  • Place in seam side down in a buttered loaf pan
  • Cover and let rise again {about 45 minutes}
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes til they are golden brown
  • Remove from loaf an right away, and cool on a rack before cutting


Recipe from Julia Child Recipe Source | French Press



Basic White Bread