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Best Basic Sweet Bread Recipe
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Best Basic Sweet Bread

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"This easy, basic, yeast, sweet-bread recipe uses only eight ingredients and can be made into dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls or sticky buns."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, sugar and butter. Heat until slightly warm to the touch then remove from heat and stir in the yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Mix in the eggs, oil and the yeast mixture. Mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and continue to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Grease a large bowl with 1 tablespoon of oil. Place the dough into the bowl and turn once to coat. Cover and let stand in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Use remaining oil to grease a cookie sheet or 9x13 inch pan. For plain rolls, punch down dough and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and place them into the greased pan side by side. Let dough rise for 20 to 25 minutes, or until almost double. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until rolls are golden brown.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 27, 2004

Great easy recipe. I've used it to make cinnamon pull-apart bread several times. If you are new to using yeast and hot liquids, I'd suggest some caution -- it's easy to kill the yeast if you let the milk get too hot on the stove. Use a themometer if you can't "guess" what about 115 degrees feels like. Thanks for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 06, 2004

Attempted this recipe twice. The dough never rose. I've made bread before and never had dough not rise before. My yeast was new and the place I put the dough dark and warm. I don't know what happened but I will not be attempting this recipe for a third time.


67 Ratings

Oct 19, 2008

Yeast hint: If microwave the milk, be aware that the temperature may continue to rise 5 to 10 degrees F after you take it out. Let your milk sit for 5 minutes and after nuking and use a thermometer to make sure it is not over 105 to 110 degrees Farenheit when you add the yeast or you may kill it.

Apr 08, 2007

This bread was great! Everyone raved about it. I'll definitely be making this again. For everyone considering making this recipe: be very careful when heating the milk mixture. We had to do it twice as we killed the yeast the first time. In the end we wound up throwing the ingredients in a bowl and putting them in the microwave for 30 seconds rather than heating them on the stove. This worked perfectly and when we added the yeast it foamed just like the recipe says.

Sep 08, 2003

This is the best bread i have EVER had in my entire life. Incredible texture and taste. Try it topped in butter or make sandwiches with turkey and swiss cheese. Unbelievable, I'm not kidding. I also tried making it with whole wheat flour and it was very good as well. Use "i can't believe it's not butter" instead of butter for a lower-cal bread. YUM!!

Apr 18, 2003

I used this recipe to make monkey bread- my son asks for it every morning! It worked great. The milk/yeast mixture didn't get foamy like the recipe specified, but it rose perfectly! Thanks!

Oct 23, 2009

Absolutely wonderful. Have made cinnamon rolls, braided apple bread, and sweet dinner rolls with it so far. What a fantastically versatile recipe!!

May 07, 2010

I tried this, and they turned out terribly! And I followed the recipe to the T!


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  • Calories
  • 263 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.7 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 9.1 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 6.5 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 155 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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