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Homemade Country Bread

Easy old fashioned homemade bread recipe.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade
Servings: 6
Calories: 929kcal


  • 10-12 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 3 pack quick yeast 7 tsp
  • 6 tbsp bacon drippings
  • 4 cups warm water 110°-120° Fahrenheit


  • Turn oven on to 200°.
  • In a very large oven proof bowl, add water, sugar, and yeast. Stir to combine and let sit until yeast activates and blooms (proofs).
  • Heat bacon drippings until liquid form and let cool before adding to yeast mixture.
  • Add bacon drippings and salt, stir to combine.
  • Mix in 5 cups of flour.
  • Add 5 more cups of flour and knead 7-10 minutes, adding 1-2 more cups of flour as needed until dough isn't sticking to the bowl and dough is a good texture.
  • Turn off oven!
  • Grease bowl and let dough rise in warm oven, covered with a cloth or aluminum foil for 1 hour.
  • Remove bowl from oven and knead dough for 1 minute.
  • Grease and flour 4 bread pans.
  • Divide dough into 4 equal portions.
  • Let rise again in oven for 1 hour.
  • Bake bread at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from bread pans immediately and set on wire racks to cool.
  • Serve warm with butter, jam, or honey.



Makes 4 loaves.


Calories: 929kcal | Carbohydrates: 170g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 1584mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 10mg