Easy Bucket Bread

Bob Howard


This bread is about the easiest bread to make and delivers a nicely textured and tasteful bread that can be used for sandwiches, bread crumbs, etc.

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3 Hr 20 Min
30 Min


3 c
100 -110 degree water
1 1/2 Tbsp
active dry yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp
kosher salt
6 1/2 c
bread flour
3 Tbsp
powdered milk

How to Make Easy Bucket Bread


  • 1You will need to get a 6 quart plastic food storage container with lid. Drill or make a small hole in the lid. I bought 2 of them from Amazon.com for $12.34.
  • 2Add 3 cups of 100 - 110 degree water to the bucket.
  • 3Add the kosher salt, yeast, and powdered milk to the water and swish it around a bit.
  • 4Add all 6 1/2 cups of the bread flour and either using your hands or a spoon mix until all the ingredients are combined but not over mixed.
  • 5Put the lid on the bucket and place the bucket in a warm location. After approximately 2 hours the dough will have rose to within 2 to 3 inches of the top of the bucket.
  • 6Remove the lid and lightly flour the top of the dough while still in the bucket. Lightly flour a kneading surface and dump the dough out of the bucket. Knead the dough using additional flour as needed to prevent sticking (dough is a wet dough).
  • 7After kneading the dough for approximately 2 - 3 mins, divide the dough into 2 pieces. Form each piece into a loaf and place each one in its own well greased bread pan.
  • 8Cover pans with a paper or cotton towel and place in a warm location ( I place mine in a lighted oven) and allow to raise until doubled in size. This may take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • 9Once dough has rose approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches above the bread pan. If using the oven, remove the pans and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • 10Bake until bread is golden brown and the inside temp is between 195 and 200 degrees.
    Remove the bread from the oven and bread pans. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before eating.

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About Easy Bucket Bread

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tag: Quick & Easy