Frugal Homemade Bread Recipe {Dairy Free, Egg Free}

Homemade Bread Recipe

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: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Servings: 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.

 Do you make your own bread?

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. :(

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