This man bread recipe is so easy to make! Create an awesome, man-sized loaf, or a dozen rolls of homemade bread in just a quick 90 minutes. Easy and healthy recipes for novice or men cooks alike!
Written by Mr. Crumbs
Aight ya’ll. You asked for it. We shared with you a picture of a new bread recipe on Facebook and Instagram last week and you responded – no, wait – you demanded that we share the new recipe with you.
With some spur of the moment decision making (a.k.a. choosing between butter or peanut butter while taste testing), recipe refinement (a.k.a. eating more bread) and editorial calendar shuffling (we had to push back the rosemary sea salt flatbread), we proudly present:
This bread recipe is so easy, even a man can make it. It was, after all, developed by one!
It’s just as easy (if not easier?) than the No-knead Overnight Artisan Bread, which many say is the easiest bread in the world.
And if you doubt me and say “baking bread is too hard” or “I’m scared of yeast,” I’m here to tell you that this loaf is your new best friend (and here’s a beginner’s guide on using yeast).
Why is 90 Minute Man Bread so great?
For starters, there’s no refined sugar. It’s sweetened with honey and has a tasty hint of coconut oil.
A healthy bread recipe developed by a man who once survived on Doritos and soda? Proof that picky eaters really can switch to real food!!
Next up, you can treat yourself to this ginormous, football-sized loaf of delicious goodness in just 90 MINUTES. That’s a quick rise, little effort, and yum-o in your belly in no time.
Finally, this recipe was a complete accident. Which means it’s highly unlikely you can get it wrong. Perfect for the novice cook, or fellow husbands out there.
It’s crusty on the outside, soft on the inside. When we pulled the first loaf out of the oven, Mrs. Crumbs and I were like, “Holy moly! That is one huge loaf…. wonder if it’s any good?”
Well, I’m going going out on a limb by saying this may be the BEST and easiest sandwich bread we’ve ever made. At first bite, we rejoiced.
Despite its size, it holds up to the hacking of a knife and smearing of butter and peanut butter very well. Granted, we love our Potato Bread, Maple Oatmeal Bread, Rosemary Olive Oil Bread (and more) – but this is just SO much easier!
Even funnier: we’ve made 3 loaves of this stuff in 2 days.
The first was obliterated by the family with a couple sticks of butter. The second loaf was used for grilled sandwiches.
The third was a final test loaf to ensure we could replicate this recipe and that it wasn’t too good to be true. I’m eating that one as I type this.
Cutting the Man Bread
Making this recipe will likely yield a Joe Montana-sized football-loaf-of-bread. Which means cutting it can be awkward. Here’s how we do it:
- Cut in half.
- Take one of your halves, and cut into slices. Trust me, the slices are plenty big for your sandwich. These are man-sized slices.
- Smear with lots of butter.
Additional Tips for a Successful Loaf of Man Bread
I recommend using all-purpose flour (plus an optional 1 Tbsp of vital wheat gluten per cup of flour, if you’re looking to bake a softer, more pliable loaf). This is how you make homemade bread flour. If you have purchased bread flour from the supermarket, you don’t need to add the vital wheat gluten for softer bread. You can also use up to 50% whole grain flour in lieu of bread flour or all-purpose flour. I haven’t tested more than 50% whole grain flour personally but check the comments below to see if someone else has tried this successfully.
If you don’t have or want to use coconut oil, you can use melted butter or olive oil – although the flavor will be slightly different. If the flavor of coconut oil concerns you, rest assure this bread does NOT taste like coconut oil.
Believe it or not, coconut oil is mildly sweet and tricks the taste buds into thinking it’s eating something sweeter than it actually is (cinnamon also does the same thing). That’s one reason why this loaf is loved by so many people who only eat white bread. Store-bought white bread has added sugar, but this homemade loaf TASTES sweet – despite the fact it only has 1 tablespoon of honey.
By the way, this is the coconut oil I use and recommend.
Most breads call for loaf pans, but we used our pizza stone. This is the one we have. It’s over 5 years old, been through hundreds of pizza nights and is still going strong. No cracks, despite moving across the country!
Plus it makes your pizza and bread taste pro-artisan (a.k.a. makes you look like you know what you’re doing).
Update: A reader tried this in loaf pans and it works great! After the first rise, split the dough into two loaves and place into two greased loaf plans. Rise again and bake as directed. For more options on baking, read the comments below. There are lots of ideas to make this recipe work for you!
Watch How to Make Our Man Bread
90 Minute Man Bread
- Prep Time: 1 hour 15 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 40 mins
- Category: Breads
- Cuisine: American
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water (105–115 degrees)
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2 1/4 tsp active-dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- Vital wheat gluten – 1 Tbsp per cup flour (optional)
- If your kitchen is not warm, turn your oven to low. This is simply to warm your kitchen up a little bit (since it’s cool where we live).
- In your mixer bowl add warm water, honey, and yeast. Stir a few times until honey dissolves. Once yeast starts foaming (5 minutes or so), add flour, melted coconut oil, and salt. Using dough hook, knead for 10 minutes on low/medium low. Leave your dough ball in the bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 30 minutes.
- After the first rise, lightly flour a surface and scoop your dough ball on it. Knead your lump of dough by hand a few times, until it forms a firm ball. Cover this ball of dough with a towel.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, make sure this is in the oven to warm up. Alternatively, you can use a cast iron skillet while the oven is preheating – as one reader had great luck with! (Note: We have only tested this recipe with a pizza stone.)
- Let rise for 30 minutes.
- After the second rise, place dough ball directly on pizza stone, cut two slits on the top of the dough ball and bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees. If you are using a loaf or cast iron skillet, the cook time may need to be increased an additional 10-15 minutes. (bread is done when the internal temp is 220 degrees).
- Let cool and enjoy.
*We move this dough from the counter to the pizza stone, but if you don’t feel confident in that transition, flour a piece of parchment paper and shape the dough on that for the second rise. Then move the entire paper with the dough to the oven for baking.
**Vital wheat gluten is optional but helps create a more pliable, softer loaf.
I substituted one cup of the flour with Bob’s Red Mill 10 grain hot cereal. I would imagine any whole grain cereal would work but I like the combination of different grains. It turned out perfect.
I have tried a LOT of bread recipes but not have been as simple, fool proof and delicious as this one! It gets made twice a week now – sometimes all white, sometimes half whole wheat, sometimes with seeds on top. I am going to make it multigrain next. No more bread buying in this house!
I’m diabetic, so would need to make this with whole wheat flour. Can I use JUST WW or is there a ratio of AP & WW I’d have to use? If so, what would the amounts be?
I make this recipe with half ww and half all purpose. But you could probably increase that to 3 cups ww and 1 cup of white.
Also, I use molasses instead of honey when I make it whole wheat. Hope this helps!
I have been wanting to make bread for a while, but it has always intimidated me. This was super easy and really, couldn’t have come out better. Next time, I might add seasonings to the loaf to give it a little more oomph, but I really can’t complain. I will be making this again and again – goodbye storebought bread!
After about 3 minutes of the dough hook kneading the whole dough ball just gathers up on the hood and turns. I keep pushing it down about every 1 1/2 minutes. Did anyone else have this happen while the dough hook is kneading the dough?
hood s/b hook!
Hi, this happened to me as well, but I just let it keep going for the ten minutes. It turned out beautifully!
Made this bread with 3 cups AP flour and 1 cup whole wheat. Added a bit more coconut oil (just 2 HEAPING tablespoons) and a smidge more water. Also, divided into 2 loaf pans. Fantastic! Thank you!
Karen @ Team Crumbs
Thank you for sharing! We’re so glad you loved it!
How long did you bake it when dividing it into two loaf pans? I’ve made this twice and was hoping that I could use loaf pans instead!
Such a quick recipe to toss together. My grandson says it’s the best one I have made so far.
I followed directions exactly to make sure I knew what to expect and I am just tickled with how good the recipe is and that it doesn’t need any tweaks but can be made as directed.
2nd loaf baking now…16 yr old GS will probably have this one gone in one day, too.
It holds up really well for paninis, too.
Brittany @ Team Crumbs
Thank you for sharing and we are so happy that you and your grandson enjoy this bread recipe. 🙂
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING RECIPE!!!! I halved the recipe, and baked it in a loaf pan, and it came out PERFECT!! I was sooo impressed by it! It’s super easy to whip up, and tastes sooooooo much better than store-bought. I just made it in a bowl, and stirred it all together, and kneaded it by hand. I can’t recommend this recipe enough!!!!!!!!! One question, do you think fresh ground einkorn flour would work in this recipe? Thank you!!
Karen @ Team Crumbs
Thank you for sharing with us! Yes, einkorn would work.
LAURA L SMITH
The first time I made this, I did the one round loaf. It was amazing with soup for dinner and turned-out nice and big! It was delicious! The second time I made it, I doubled it and made 4 regular loaves! It was also amazing! It raised SO nicely, sliced SO nicely, and will be wonderful for toast, sandwiches, French Toast, and BLT’s!! Wonderful recipe!!!!
Brittany @ Team Crumbs
We’re so happy to hear this and thank you for posting! 🙂
I made this with half all-purpose einkorn flour, and also added a teaspoon of diastatic malt, which I always use any time I make whole grain bread. It turned out wonderfully, and I love the taste. I love the chewy texture and the crusty exterior, although the crust does eventually soften. I wondered how the einkorn would work with the amount of liquid in the recipe, but I didn’t have to change a thing. I now want to try this with more than 50% einkorn. Hoping it works well because I want to eventually use only einkorn flour in my breads, but haven’t mastered it yet.
I’d like to use einkorn flour also. I am going to try half gluten free flour and half einkorn. Keep us posted as to how yours turns out!
I was wondering if this recipe would work in a bread machine?
Karen @ Team Crumbs
We haven’t used a bread machine for this recipe, but I’d sure it would work fine if you tried it. Let us know how it goes! 🙂
I LOVE this recipe! After the first time shaping and baking per the recipe, I’ve been baking it in an oversized loaf pan with great results. Quick question, though: when I use AP flour, the dough is so soft, I almost can’t lift the loaf into the pan. It’s not as soft with bread flour. Also, I had to use sugar and butter because some family members have issues with honey and coconut oil. Any ideas?
Karen @ Team Crumbs
For this recipe, and all bread recipes calling for AP flour, I recommend using the all-purpose flour plus an optional 1 Tbsp of vital wheat gluten per cup of flour, if you’re looking to bake a more pliable loaf. This is how you make homemade bread flour, so adding the vital wheat gluten to the AP flour would make it just like the store-bought bread flour. Also, using the sugar and butter are fine substitutions if there are sensitivities to the honey and coconut oil. Hope this helps! 🙂
Very easy and clear to follow. It came out so great! Thank you much for sharing the recipe.
Hi. Great recipe for man bread! I really love it! Thanks
SJ - Team Crumbs
You are most welcome Jayne!
This is a fantastic recipe that has become a staple in our house! Thank you!! I’m giving my daughter and her friends a baking lesson today. Have you ever split the recipe? I’m wondering about the bake time with two, smaller loaves, instead of one (really amazingly) big loaf. Thanks again!
SJ - Team Crumbs
Hi Kat, We haven’t tested half sized portions but try them for 15 minutes and see how they are. They may need an additional 5 minutes. Be sure to report back and let us know how it works!
Still 5 stars! We split the dough after the first rise and folded the dough a few times before shaping into two small boules, then let them rise as directed. Baked, on parchment, on pizza stone for 18 minutes and it was PERFECT! The girls were very impressed with themselves. Thanks so much for the help!
SJ - Team Crumbs
Yay! Awesome Kat!
The bread came out very good. I followed the recipe carefully. Can you reduce the salt in making this recipe? Would it still work with just 1tsp of salt?
Karen @ Team Crumbs
I think that would still work fine. Let us know how it turns out. 🙂