This Instant Pot bread recipe makes baking bread at home as easy as can be with no fuss! And it makes the lightest French style white bread with a soft center and perfectly chewy golden crust.
The Best Instant Pot Bread
Baking bread at home always sounds like such a difficult task to tackle. And honestly, it can be quite the process.
But not with this Instant Pot bread! It makes homemade bread so easy that you may never go back to eating store-bought bread again.
And the result is bakery like - the bread comes out perfectly soft and airy with a slightly chewy crust.
Plus, you need just 4 simple ingredients and a few hours of spare time to make it. With that said, only 10 minutes of the entire process is active working time - the rest is letting the bread bake up to perfection.
Not to mention, this Instant Pot bread goes great with so many recipes - like this Apple Butter - but I'll go over all of my favorite recipes to eat with it a little later on.
Anyway, if you're new to baking bread at home, this pressure cooker bread recipe is the best place to start, so let's get into it!
What I love most about this homemade bread recipe is that it requires no special ingredients.
Everything it calls for I guarantee you already have at home, except for maybe the yeast.
Here are all the ingredients you need:
- Just under 3 ¾ Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 Packet Dry Instant Yeast
- Just under 1 ½ tsp. Salt
- 1 ¼ cup Water
And if you have these ingredients, you can use all of them - except the yeast - to make these Easy Biscuits next!.
Now, this bread is delicious made from scratch, but if you're looking for the best low calorie bread that you can buy at the grocery store, check out this Low Calorie Bread List with over 35 options!
How to Make Instant Pot Bread
Ok, so the process of making this bread in the Instant Pot is surprisingly simple. Of course, you will have to knead the bread, but that's the only active part of this recipe!
The rest is letting the bread cook, and you can do whatever you want while you're waiting, like make some Cauliflower Soup for dipping the bread in.
Anyway, gather all the ingredients you need for this Instant Pot bread recipe, and let's get to cooking.
Step 1: Preparing The Dough
Start with mixing the flour, dry yeast, and salt in a large bowl until everything is combined.
Then make a hole in the middle of the dry mixture and add the water.
Next, use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients until they have fully combined. And make sure to use a wooden spoon - using a metal spoon can cause the yeast to react.
Once the ingredients combine - and separate from the bowl - transfer the dough to a flat, floured surface and knead it for about 10 minutes. Use the heels of your hands to push the dough down and outward. Then fold it and repeat the kneading action.
When you're done kneading the dough, transfer it back into the mixing bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.
Then allow the dough to proof for 2 hours or until it doubles in size. And here is a trick you can do to tell if the bread is done proofing.
Step 2: Cooking the Bread in the Instant Pot
Once the bread is proofed, place the metal grid attachment in the Instant Pot and pour in ½ cup of water.
Then, make a ball with the dough and grease a baking mold that will fit in the Instant Pot and that the dough ball will fit in.
Place the mold with the dough ball in it in the Instant Pot and cook at low pressure for 50 minutes. Once 50 minutes is almost up, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190°C).
Step 3: Crisping The Bread in the Oven
After the bread cooks in the Instant Pot, I like to bake it in the oven to make the crust perfectly crispy and golden. It gives the bread that bakery-like texture that is just so good.
So, bake the bread in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until it is golden in color.
Finally, take the bread out of the oven, slice it up, and enjoy!
What To Eat With Instant Pot Bread
This Instant Pot bread is delicious on its own or just enjoyed in a classic way with some butter or jam.
But I think it is even better when you pair it with a main dish.
Here are a few of my favorite meals to eat with this bread:
- Clam Chowder
- Fried Spaghetti
- Chicken Bryan
- Corn Chowder
- Split Pea Soup
- Creamy Polenta
- Japanese Curry
- Lamb Vindaloo
How to Store Instant Pot Bread
This Instant Pot bread recipe will make one loaf of bread. And, honestly, it is so great to make and then have on hand for the week to use in a variety of ways.
With that said, if you have any leftovers, you can store your leftover bread in an airtight container - or sealable plastic bag - at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Freezing Homemade Bread
By the way, freezing your Instant Pot bread is an excellent option if you want it to last longer.
If you are freezing the entire loaf, first let it cool, then wrap the bread tightly with plastic wrap and either wrap it again in aluminum foil or transfer it to a freezer-safe sealable plastic bag.
Then whenever you want to defrost the bread, just transfer it from the freezer into the fridge and let it thaw overnight.
And to warm it up, just pop it in the oven at 380°F for about 3-5 minutes, or until warm.
Wrapping It All Up
Now you know how to make easy homemade bread!
This Instant Pot bread is so much fresher than a loaf you can buy from the store, and the time it takes to make it is so worth it.
You can eat it with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a snack! And everyone in your family is sure to love it.
As always, make sure to leave me a comment below if you make this Instant Pot bread recipe, and let me know how it turned out!Print
Instant Pot Bread | The Best Way To Make Homemade Bread
This Instant Pot bread recipe makes baking bread at home as easy as can be with no fuss! And it makes the lightest French-style white bread with a soft center and perfectly chewy crust.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 75 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
- Yield: 1 loaf 1x
- Category: Side
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Bread
- In a large bowl mix all purpose flour, dry yeast and salt.
- Make a hole in the middle and add the water. Mix with a wooden spoon until fully combined.
- Transfer to a working surface and knead for 10 minutes.
- Transfer back to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it proof for at least 2 hours, or until it doubles its size.
- Place the metal grid attachment in the Instant Pot and add ½ cup of water.
- Make a ball with the dough and transfer to a greased baking mold (small enough to fit in the Instant Pot).
- Place it inside the Instant Pot and cook at low pressure for 50 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190°C). Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
The scale up function does not change the gram measurements.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 209
- Fat: 1
- Carbohydrates: 41
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 6
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