Frugal Homemade Bread Recipe {Dairy Free, Egg Free}

Make your own bread and save. This recipe for dairy free and egg free bread is only $.44 a loaf.

Mmm, bread, homemade bread. I just love the smell of homemade bread baking. I used to make bread in our bread maker at least 3 times a week. It was great having homemade bread on hand. But then my bread machine died.

I thought about purchasing a new one right away. But I decided to give making bread by hand a try, after all that’s how I used to make bread before I purchased the bread machine.

Dough is Ready to Rise

I call this recipe a frugal recipe because it doesn’t take many ingredients and it’s inexpensive to make. It’s just $.44 a loaf. This recipe is fairly easy to make and I can make two loaves in the time it took my bread machine to make one. Making bread by hand does take a little more hands on time but most of the time is waiting for the bread to rise.

When I am baking bread I usually start the bread in the morning, mixing up the dough and adding it to the oven to rise.  Then we do some of our homeschool lessons. After about an hour I come back and punch the dough down, shape it and  place it in the loaf pans. After that small task, I have another half hour or so before I need to do anything again.

Yummy Bread

Once the dough has risen enough in the loaf pans, I turn the oven on and the great aroma of baking bread starts in just a short amount of time. Yum! So, if you don’t have a recipe and want to give bread baking a try, you’ll want to use this recipe. But be forewarned, your family may not want to go back to store-bought bread. :)

Easy to Slice Homemade Bread

A few bread baking tips,

Make sure the water is warm and not hot. It should feel warm to the touch to be just right.

Mix in as much flour as you can with a spoon and then mix as much as you can with your hands.

The dough should be tacky but shouldn’t stick to your hands, if it’s too sticky add more flour.

The amount of flour needed can change with the weather, more humid or wet weather, you will need more flour.

To test to see if the loaf is done baking tap the top if it, if it sounds hallow it is done.

Wonderful Bread recipe

This recipe is great since it doesn’t use any eggs. It also doesn’t call for milk so it’s dairy free too. If you prefer whole wheat you could try substituting half of  the all purpose flour for whole wheat and using brown sugar instead of white sugar in the recipe.


Frugal Homemade Bread
Prep time
Cook time
Serves: 2 loaves
  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 1 tablespoon Yeast
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Oil (canola, olive, or coconut melted)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 7 cups Flour
  1. Add the yeast to the warm water and stir to dissolve.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups of flour.
  3. Mix in the yeast mixture with the flour mixture. Gradually add in more of the flour to make a firm dough.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 8-10 minutes, until the dough becomes elastic and smooth.
  5. Place the dough in a oiled bowl and let rise in a warm place for about an hour.
  6. Punch down the dough and shape into loaves. Place the dough in greased loaf pans. Let rise until double about 30 minutes.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes.
  8. Remove the bread from loaf pans and cool on a wire rack.

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Check out my homemade bread video tutorial. See all the steps in making this bread in a video.

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  1. Trishia says

    If I wanted to use this recipe in a bread machine, are the directions any different? Also you just say yeast, is it dry active yeast or instant dry yeast? Sorry I’m new to bread making!

    • says

      If you want to make this bread in your bread machine try this,

      1 cup water
      3 cups Flour
      1 tablespoon Oil
      2 tablespoons Sugar
      1 teaspoon Salt
      2 1/2 teaspoons Yeast I use instant Yeast, I had to look at the package to see :)

      Place the ingredients in the order listed in your bread machine manual and it should work well. The first batch you might need a little more flour or a little more water. Just check the dough in the machine as it starts to mix to see if it’s too dry, too wet or just right. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more question. Happy Baking!

      • Michelle says

        i just tried this bread machine recipe, and it was amazing!!!!! So much better than when I tried to make it myself! I freaking love my bread machine that I bought for 10$ used! Best buy ever! Now here’s the rea question is there a toaster the size of bread machine bread lol

  2. Michelle says

    Can you use different flours? My son is allergic to wheat,eggs and soy so I’m looking for a good bread recipe…

    • says

      Michelle, I’ve not tried it with other flours before. But if you have a flour or a flour combination that replaces wheat flour it should work. There might be a little difference in the texture though.

    • says

      Michelle, You can cut the recipe in half. But you might make the whole recipe. Then when it comes time to shape the bread dough into loaves. Place one in your pan and the other shaped loaf in the freezer. Wrap it in plastic or place in a freezer bag. Then when you are ready to make another loaf of bread just grab the frozen loaf and place it in the pan to thaw and rise. Once risen, bake as usual. Hope this helps!

  3. Anna says

    Hello! I am so excited to make this recipe! Can you tell me what kind of flour to use? All purpose, bread flour, etc? Thanks so much!

      • Anna says

        Whoops, I completely overlooked that in your recipe. Thanks for the response! I have never made any kind of bread before, so I was nervous to try. I have to say, I am so pleased with how easy this recipe was. It is also delicious! I plan to make a few batches today and freeze them for fresh bread later.

    • says

      Ghazal, I usually put the ice cubes in while rising. A few with the first rising and a few more during the second rising. Then when baking I don’t add more since there is usually some water left in the oven from the ice cubes melting. I hope that helps.

  4. nancy says

    Since I dont have an oven can this be steamed. Also Since its my first time to make bread I would like to try 1 loaf so can u please tell me how much flour etc. also can I make it with wheat flour. Tks.

    • says


      To make one loaf I would use,

      1 cup Warm Water
      1/2 Tablespoon Yeast
      1 1/2 Tablespoons Sugar
      1 Tablespoon Oil
      1/2 teaspoon Salt
      3-4 cups Flour

      Since you will be using whole wheat flour be sure to knead the dough until it is smooth and satiny. About 10-15 minutes. As far as baking goes, I’m not sure if steaming would work. I’ve baked mine on our wood fired grilled before but I’ve never tried to steam it.

    • says

      Christie, I’ve only tried this recipe with wheat flour. But if you have a flour or a flour blend that works well in recipes in place of wheat flour it should work. But the texture might be different. Sorry I can’t help more. :(

  5. Veronica says

    Hi there! How long does it take to thaw the frozen loaf? Do I thaw it on the counter or in the microwave?
    My son have just been diagnosed with dairy and egg allergies and I am so happy that I found your recipe! I’ve seen the video tutorial as well and can’t wait to try making it myself!
    It will be the very 1st time I’m trying to make my own bread so fingers crossed!

    • says

      Veronica, I usually take the loaf out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in my cupboard overnight. But when I’ve forgotten to thaw a loaf, I will microwave it on half power for a minute or two until it’s thawed enough at the end to slice off a piece or two. But it works best to thaw overnight. I hope your first loaf turns out great!

      • Veronica says

        Thanks a lot for your prompt reply!
        I will post again to let you know how my 1st attempt turned out! It might help out other first-timers reading your blog :)

        • Veronica says

          So I’ve tried making this yesterday night, and it was wonderful! It’s moist and soft and oh so good! I still can’t believe that I have made a bread with my own 2 hands!
          I do have a question though, the bread tastes yeasty to us. I used 1 tbsp of instant dry yeast. The instructions on the packet says that I shouldn’t dissolve it in water prior to using. Is that why the bread tastes yeasty? Can I substitute the yeast with baking soda or should I not dissolve the yeast like the instructions said?
          By the way, thank you thank you thank you for sharing this recipe and making the tutorial video! Cheers!!

          • says

            Veronica, I just want to say, Way to Go! I love it when I get feedback from readers that something I have shared really helped them. :)

            For the yeast, I use Dry Active Yeast. If you are using the Instant Yeast, you might want to try just one packet next time because I’m not sure if the instant yeast is more concentrated. I haven’t used it before.

            The next time you make the bread, try adding in 1 packet of yeast instead of a tablespoon of yeast. That should cut down on the yeast flavor. I would also add the instant yeast to the dry ingredients or as it says on the directions.

            For using baking soda, The recipe wouldn’t work with baking soda, I don’t think it would rise at all or not much, because the yeast is what makes the bread rise. So I would avoid using that.

            I hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any others question I can answer.

  6. E Collins says

    I’m new to dairy free…experimenting to try and alleviate some nasty symptoms. Seems to be working…feel great. I guess that’s a mixed blessing, but I’m going to do more research on the whole thing as I go along. I’ve tried this recipe a few times. The first few times, it was fine. I wish it had more flavor, but I’m also used to more hearty, flavorful breads … my favorite is oatmeal. I can’t taste much yeast flavor, but it has come out good (almost) every time I’ve made it. The last time was a huge fail….2 large hockey pucks on the sideboard as I type. I think I killed my yeast. I knew better. Anyway, my question/comment: Does anybody ever make this and end up using all 7 cups of flour? I have never gotten even close….with the most being 5-1/2 cups. I use King Arthur Unbleached White.

    • says

      I know I use the full amount of flour most of the time, but the area I live in is humid. If it’s less humid, I’ll use less flour. I use unbleached white flour, but I’ve not used King Arthur before. I hope that helps.

  7. Michelle says

    Hi There,

    Could you tell me what size loaf pans you use and does it matter what kind of yeast? I have active dry on hand. I’ve been put on an elimination diet while breastfeeding. I’m having a hard time finding any bread that is soy, milk, and dairy free so I’m anxious to try this recipe.

    Thanks, Michelle

    • says

      Hi Michelle,

      The yeast you have on hand is the same I use, active dry yeast. For the pans, I use my 8.5 by 4.5 loaf pans. I know it can be hard to find bread that is soy, milk and dairy free. Most store bought bread contain at least one of those ingredients. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  8. Sherron says

    Hi there!
    I am in hot Jamaica and my husband and I made homemade bread a few days ago for the first time using this recipe. It was deeeelicious. I still can’t believe how easy it was to do and how soft and lovely it came out. Wish I could show you the pics. So guess what??? I am about to make some more. Can hardly wait.

  9. Bethany says

    I am a first timer without a bread machine. I made this and it turned out like bricks! Oh no! What did I do wrong? I, too, couldn’t add all the flour…I tried though. Did I make it too dry?

    • says

      Bethany, It might have been too much flour or the yeast might not have been good. How hot was your water? Just warm to the touch or really warm that you added the yeast to? If the water was too hot, the yeast might have been killed which would make for a heavy brick like bread. Did you dough rise alright for you?

      When kneading the dough was the dough flaky and dry? If it was too dry that could be the problem too.

      I’m sorry this didn’t turn out for you did you watch the video tutorial?

      • Bethany says

        The water was just warm, but I went back and looked at the package and it said “best if used by January 2015”.
        When I was kneading the dough it was very dry and flakey. I knew I was adding too much flour because it wasn’t tacky. I was forcing the flour in (I’m not sure why I thought that would work).
        I’m definitely going to try it again because I know it will be good once I get it right. I didn’t watch the tutorial! I over looked that. Thank you for pointing it out!
        Also, I have a bread hook on my mixer, would that work for the kneading or is it best to do by hand?

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