Quick 5-Minute Prep Bread Recipe

This fast and straightforward bread recipe is perfect for those who want to enjoy freshly baked bread without the long waiting times typically associated with traditional bread-making. With just a few ingredients and minimal hands-on time, you can have a loaf ready in no time!


  • 5.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 562.5 ml (2 1/4 cups) of lukewarm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • Butter (optional, for topping)


  1. Activate the Yeast:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast. Stir gently to mix. Let sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture is frothy and bubbly, indicating that the yeast is active.
  2. Mix the Dough:
    • To the yeast mixture, add the olive oil and salt. Gradually start adding the flour, one cup at a time, mixing with a wooden spoon or a sturdy spatula until the dough begins to form.
    • Once the dough becomes too thick to stir, transfer it to a floured surface and knead for about 5-10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  3. First Rise:
    • Place the kneaded dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning it once to coat all sides with oil. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and set it in a warm, draft-free place.
    • Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour, depending on the warmth of your environment.
  4. Shape and Second Rise:
    • Once risen, punch down the dough to release any air bubbles. Shape the dough into a loaf or place it in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise again until puffed, about 30 minutes.
  5. Bake:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • If desired, brush the top of the dough with melted butter before baking for a golden, flavorful crust.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  6. Cool:
    • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before slicing. This helps the interior finish cooking and sets the crumb.


  • Quick Rising Tip: For a faster rise, place your dough in a slightly warm oven (preheated to about 100°F or 38°C and then turned off) with the door closed.
  • Storage: Wrap the cooled bread in foil or plastic wrap to keep it fresh. It can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen for longer storage.

Enjoy your homemade bread as a side to your meals, for sandwiches, or simply smeared with butter and jam for a delicious treat! This quick recipe proves that making bread at home can be both easy and rewarding.