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Grandpa’s White Bread Recipe – No Eggs

Handmade White Bread Recipe Without Eggs or Stand Mixer

Grandpa’s Handmade White Bread Dough

Grandpa’s secret soft white fresh bread recipe made without eggs. I bet you want to know what the secret is and I am going to tell you.

It’s very simple, and I have to admit I didn’t understand how this was going to work at first. But, magically it does.

If you already know and just want to start cooking… View Recipe

White Bread Dough Hand Stretched – Original recipe from BlueBoxRecipe.com

The secret to a soft bouncy dough is the magic of a good wooden spoon. Keep reading to get easy recipe steps to make bread dough using only a simple wooden spoon and hand-mixer.

For an added bonus: I will also show you how to make a few other loaves of bread with this recipe like hoagie rolls for sub sandwiches and bread bowls for soups.

About This Recipe

This is an original handwritten recipe from my grandfather to his daughter. But the original recipe goes back even further to a lady named Kathy Pale.

View Grandpa’s original hand written bread recipe below.

Original Recipe Best Egg-Free Bread

This recipe has been adapted and tested by Angela K. so you can make the best delicious white bread with out eggs or dairy.

The original recipe has not been changed to be “egg free” or “dairy free” bread. Nothing has been taken away or added to make this recipe the best. It’s just that good all on it’s own.

When you remember, bless Kathy Pale who gave me this recipe.

Love Dad

Adaptions made from the original handwritten recipe include salt, yeast, shortening substitute, and adjusted bake time. Below you will find a list of the original ingredient and adjustments made to this recipe.

Modifications: Yeast reduced from 4 tablespoons to 2 tablespoons. Salt reduced from 2 tablespoons to 2 teaspoons. Substitute olive oil or unsalted butter for shortening. Reduced bake time from 40-50 minutes to 35-45 minutes.

Ingredients for Grandpa’s Egg Free Sandwich Bread – Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

What Are Bread Bowls?

A bread bowl is a huge roll for serving thick creamy soups, chilies, and stews.

Bread bowls are used by hollowing out the center and filling with soup. The best part about bread soup bowls is eating the soup bowl and no dishes. 

Here are a few soup recipes that are perfect for serving with bread bowls.

  • Split pea soup
  • Creamy asparagus and lemon soup
  • 5 bean soup or chili

Ingredients For No Egg Yeast Bread

Flour this has been tested with both plain flour and white bread flour. Either will work but bread flour makes a nice chewier baked bread because of the gluten content.

Yeast instant yeast (1 packet of yeast = 1 tablespoon) You will need 2 packets to make a full recipe (4 loaves).

Shortening the original recipe uses shortening but any vegetable oil will work. I prefer to use olive oil or unsalted butter instead of shortening.

White sugar or substitute with honey

Table salt or sea salt


  • Cookie sheet 
  • Parchment baking paper
  • Hand-held mixer
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Kitchen cloth or plastic wrap
  • Loaf pan (full recipe makes 4 standard loaves)
  • Wire racks (optional for cooling bread)
Wooden spoon and spatula tools for homemade bread – Photo by Calum Lewis on Unsplash

Steps To Make Yeast Bread Recipes

Step 1 – In a large bowl add 5 cups of warm water. Stir in 5 tbsp sugar and sprinkle in *2 tablespoons of yeast.

Step 2 – Let mixture sit for about 10 minutes or until it looks like a gray frothy mess.

Step 3 – With a handheld mixer add *2 teaspoons salt ⅔ cup *olive oil and 6 cups of flour. Mix until all ingredients are wet plus five minutes more.

Step 4 – With a large wooden spoon add 6 more cups of flour. Try to mix it thoroughly this time.

Step 5 – Leave the spoon in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap to allow the dough to double in size.

Step 6Mix the dough down with a spoon and let the dough rest for 10 minutes each time. Repeat this step four times.

By this time the dough starts to act like Tigger meat, and you can flip it out on an oiled counter. Do it five or more times for fun.

-Frank P.

Step 7 – Divided into four equal hunks. Hammer out flatten dough and roll up from the corner to form a bread roll.
Baked 375° F for 35 to 45 minutes.

“When you remember, bless Kathy Pale who gave me the recipe.” Love Dad

*Adapted by Angela K. from Grandpa’s original handwritten recipe.

Delicious Bread Variations For Hoagie Sandwiches

Preheat the oven to Bake at 350 F and prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper, silicone baking mat, or heavy coating of cold butter.

Small 6″ Hoagie Roll for a french dip or chicken salad sandwich. You will need to use a tennis ball size of dough to form a 6″ hoagie bun. Start by stretching the dough into a smooth ball shape, rest for 10 minutes while shaping the rest of the dough. Roll out from the center to form a 6″ long rectangle. Roll up from the long end, crimp bottom closed, and fold in sides. Proof until doubled in size and bake on a prepared sheet pan until golden brown.

Large 12″ Hoagie Bun for sub sandwiches Use a softball ball size dough to form a 12″ hoagie roll by stretching the dough into a smooth ball shape, rest for 10 minutes. Roll out into a 12″ long rectangle. Roll up from the long end, crimp bottom closed, and fold in sides. Let proof in a warm place on a prepared sheet pan.

Extra-large Hoagie Buns to serve next time you have a lot of people for luncheons and kids parties. Separate a full recipe into 4 equal parts of dough. Hand stretch each large piece of dough to form a smooth ball. Rest for 10 minutes while hand forming the rest of the dough. Roll out each piece the length of your baking sheet. Pinch ends closed and put on a prepared baking sheet. Egg wash and add hoagie roll toppings below, let rise, and bake until golden brown.

Toppings For Hoagie Rolls

Here are a few great options to change up your sandwich bread by simply adding a milk wash and topping. Change the type of crust with a few extra ingredients like sesame seeds, garlic salt, sunflower seeds, grated cheese, or poppy seeds.

If you don’t have an egg allergy, use a whole egg mixed in a small bowl with a splash of milk or almond milk to make an egg wash. Brush egg wash and top with your favorite topping before baking.

Fried Variations With Egg Free Dough

Prepare a frying pan with vegetable oil, heat until a drop of water sizzles in the oil around 350-365 F.

Fried Beaver Tail– Form into 1″ thick shapes and fry in oil on both sides until golden brown. Top with sugar, honey, jelly, or honey butter.

Fried Sandwich Dough– Form a golf ball size dough into a flat 3/4″ thick oval. Fry to a golden brown on each side and once cooled, fill with a creamy salad like chicken salad, tuna salad, or ham and cheese with mayo.

Stuffed & Fried Sandwich– Flatten a golf ball size dough to ½” thick. Fill with cheese or any cooked sandwich meat. Fold filling into the center and pinch closed. Fry until golden brown on each side. Be careful to not overfill pockets or the cheese will ooze out while cooking.

Grandpa’s White Bread Recipe – No Eggs, Dairy

Recipe by Frank P. Adapted by: Angela @blueboxrecipe.comCourse: Bread, RollsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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The best homemade egg-free white bread recipe for sliced bread sandwiches and hoagie buns.


  • 5 cups hot water

  • 5 tbsp sugar

  • 2 tbsp yeast

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2/3 cup shortening or vegetable oil

  • 12 cups flour


  • In a large mixing bowl add warm water and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Sprinkle yeast over the top.
  • Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.
  • With a handheld mixer add salt, oil, and half of the flour. Mix all ingredients until well combined. Mix on medium speed for 5 more minutes.
  • With a large wooden spoon add the rest of the flour. Try to mix dry ingredients thoroughly into the dough.
  • Leave the spoon in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough double in size. This could take anywhere from (30 minutes to 1 hour)
  • Mix the dough down with a wooden spoon and let the dough rest for 10 minutes each time. Repeat this step three more times.
  • Place dough on an oiled surface and divide into four equal chunks.
  • Hammer out with your hands or use a rolling pin. Roll up from one end to form a bread roll. Place in the prepared bread pan seam side down and let rise until doubled.
  • Baked 350 F for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown.


  • How to prepare a baking sheet or bread pan: There are a few ways but my favorite is with baking paper pressed into a bread pan or silicone baking mat for a cookie sheet. The second option is to butter all sides of pan or bottom of baking sheet before placing dough to rise.
Grandpa’s handwritten white bread recipe from BlueBoxRecipe.com
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