The Best White Mountain Bread


White Mountain Bread

White Mountain bread can be easily made from scratch. You only need a few ingredients, to make the most fabulous tasting bread. When you make White Mountain bread using our recipe, you can enjoy the taste of bakery fresh bread that you made all on your own. Check out our recipe for step-by-step instructions on how you can make the best White Mountain bread.

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Easy White Mountain Bread

Making your own White Mountain bread is surprisingly easy. We are going to walk through the step-by-step process of how you can easily make white Mountain bread in your own kitchen. Below you will learn all you need to know about how to prepare this delicious loaf of bread. 

All About Mountain Bread

There are many more types of bread out there than what you can count. Perhaps you have heard ofWhite Mountain Bread before, or perhaps this is the first time you are learning of it. Before we jump into the specifics of makingWhite Mountain Bread, let’s first look at what you need to know about white Mountain bread including what it is, where you can buy it, as well as what makes the spread so special. Let’s first look at what White Mountain Bread is.

What Is Mountain Bread?

White Mountain Bread is a type of bread that can typically be found in a Publix bakery. Because it is mostly Publix that carries this type of bread, it is most popular in the south. Mountain bread is said to be considered one of the healthier bread alternatives. Aside from the name,White Mountain Bread can be found in both white and wheat loaves of bread. This bread is unique because it is typically made in a circle, instead of your usual sandwich loaf shape. This bread is known for its usual thin and smooth textures. Our recipe makes a loaf that is quite dense in texture. Making this a great bread for sandwiches or just to have as a side dish. Now, let us turn our attention to the typical ingredients needed to make this bread. 

The Ingredients

Different recipes forWhite Mountain Bread can use a variety of ingredients. However, the most common will include butter, salt, flour, water, milk, yeast, honey, and granulated sugar. Some recipes specify that you need to use bread flour rather than all-purpose flour. Our recipe, which we will cover later, is great no matter which kind of flour you choose to use. We have not noticed that it makes any kind of big difference in making our bread. You will notice that some recipes also will leave out the yeast altogether.

Publix Bakery White Mountain Bread

When you look to purchase a loaf of White Mountain Bread, Publix bakery is typically the place where you can find the nicest and freshest loaf of this type of bread. We are excited to share our recipe with you, which makes a delicious competitor to Publix bakery White Mountain Bread.

Whenever you feel up to making your own bread, the recipe below is easily made at home anytime you wish. This allows you to avoid making a special trip to the grocery store, or perhaps you don’t live near a Publix and need to satisfy your craving. We have got you covered! 


What ingredients are inWhite Mountain Bread?

To makeWhite Mountain Bread recipe, the basic ingredients of flour, sugar, salt, yeast, butter, oil, honey, water, and milk are the basic ingredients needed.

How long does homemade bread last?

Typically, homemade bread lasts for 2 to 5 days if kept at room temperature. For homemade yeast bread like this, you will not want to keep it in the fridge as it will quickly become stale. Therefore, storing in an airtight container on the counter is the best method.

How do you make Mountain White Bread at home?

The process of making Mountain White Bread at home is very easy. You start off with your starter of water, yeast, and sugar or honey. Then add in there the remaining ingredients to make your dough. Kneed it, then allow it to rise. Kneed the bread again, then form it into your loaf before letting it rise a second time, and then bake.

How do you make white bread with yeast?

Specifically for this bread, you will want to combine yeast with a sweetener such as sugar or honey, and water. Then mix it together thoroughly and allow it to rest for 5 to 10 minutes so that it forms a starter for your dough. This step is crucial for any yeast bread because this helps to activate your yeast and will allow your bread to turn out well.

What kind of bread is Mountain Bread made of?

White Mountain Bread is its own type of bread. White Mountain Bread can be made in white loaves or wheat loaves of bread. It’s all a matter of your preference.

What do you need to make Amish white bread?

Amish white bread is similar to white Mountain bread; however, Amish white bread includes sugar and vegetable oil. Whereas White Mountain bread can use honey in place of sugar and does not often include vegetable oil.

White Mountain Bread cut into loaf

Ingredients For Mountain White Bread

To make our recipe for White Mountain Bread you will need the following ingredients:

Warm water
Sea salt
All-purpose flour

How to Make EASY White Mountain Bread

To make easy White Mountain Bread, start off by creating your starter. To do this you will want to combine in your mixing bowl yeast, and honey. Add in ¾ cup of warm water. 

Starter Key

It is key that when you create your starter, you use water that is hot to the touch. You want it to feel nicely warmed, but not burning your skin. A good estimate would be water that is between 90°F and 110°F.

When your starter ingredients, (yeast, honey, warm water), are added to your mixing bowl stir until the yeast is dissolved. Then allow the mixture to rest for 5 to 8 minutes or until the yeast mixture becomes foamy and bubbly.

Making Bread Dough

Next, add flour, salt, butter, and the remaining 1 cup of water to the mixture. Mix until your dough begins to clump. Remove from your mixing bowl and need for five minutes. Form into a ball, and place into a bowl that is coated lightly with oil. Cover with a cloth, and place in a warm dry location to rise for one hour, or until double in size. 

Once the dough is double in size, punch it down, and need again for five minutes before shaping into your ball for the loaf of bread. Cut the top if you desire a design. Place into a bowl, or Dutch oven. Cover and let rise for the last time. 

Baking The Bread

To bake this bread, I like to use a Dutch oven. This works quite well and produces a nice, evenly baked loaf of bread. However, if you prefer, you may place your loaf of bread on a pizza stone or other cooking stone.

My preferred method is to lightly oil the bottom of my Dutch oven before adding my loaf of bread. Then I add my rounded dough ball to the Dutch oven. Next, I cut my design into the top and allow the dough to rise for the final time inside my Dutch oven. When the dough has risen, to double in size, it can be baked right in the Dutch oven. You can also line the Dutch oven with parchment paper if you wish before adding the dough so that the loaf of bread is easier to remove. This step is optional.

Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and dust with flour if desired. Placed back into the oven for the remaining 10 minutes. Bake the last 10 minutes at 350°F. Remove from the oven, then check to be sure the loaf is completely baked in the center. I like to do this by inserting a toothpick, if it comes out clean the bread is done. Allow the bread to cool before serving. Then serve and enjoy.

Pro Tips

Starter. One of the main keys for this bread to turn out nicely lies with the starter. To make your starter, combine yeast, and honey. Then mix in ¾ cup warm water. Stir the starter mix until your yeast has dissolved into the mixture. Allow the starter to rest for five to ten minutes, or until you see that it is foamy and has expanded in size. Once you see this, you can confidently move on to creating your bread. 

Rising Time. While this bread recipe is like most yeast bread, I suggest that you allow it two risings. The first you will punch down and knead, before forming it into your finished product. However, if you are very short on time, you may skip the first rising time, and simply form your dough into your loaf, then allow it to rise only once. Please note that skipping the second rising, may slightly impact your finished bread, however, it will most likely not be noticeable. 

Storing Leftovers. Any leftovers of your bread should be stored in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature. You will want to avoid storing it in the fridge, or your bread will go stale sooner. You may also freeze the bread if desired. 

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White Mountain Bread Recipe


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes


1 ½ Tbsp yeast
3 Tbsp honey
1 ¾ cup warm water, divided
3 tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp salted butter, soft
6 cups all-purpose flour 


Step 1: Making The Dough


Begin by making your starter. In a mixing bowl, combine honey and yeast. Pour in ¾ cup warm water, and stir until yeast is dissolved. Rest the starter for 5-8 minutes, or until it is foamy and bubbly. 


Add all-purpose flour, sea salt, soft butter, and the remaining 1 cup warm water to the dough. Stir until the dough begins to clump together. 

Step 2: Shaping the Loaf

Knead & Rise

Roll out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for five minutes. Shape the dough into a ball, then place it into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise for about one hour, or until doubled in size. 

Second Kneed & Rise 

Roll out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for five minutes. Shape the dough into a ball, then place it into your oiled Dutch oven. Cut your design on top of the dough if desired. Cover, and let rise for thirty minutes. 

Step 3: Baking the Loaf

After the second rising, place your Dutch oven into the oven to bake at 400°F for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and dust with flour or cornmeal. Place back into the oven for 10 minutes at 350°F. When the time is up, check to see if the center is done by inserting a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean, allow your bread to cool before serving. Serve and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

The following nutritional facts are based upon an estimation that one loaf of bread, made from the above recipe, can be divided into 15 slices of bread. We are then basing our nutritional facts upon the serving size of one slice of bread. Please note that the serving size will vary depending on what part of the loaf the slice of bread is cut from. Therefore, keep in mind that one serving size is 1/15th of the whole loaf.

Nutrition Facts

The nutritional facts for one serving or 1/15th of the loaf are as follows: 

219 calories | 2.9g total fat | 1.6g saturated fat | 6mg cholesterol | 393mg sodium | 42.1g total carbohydrate | 1.6g dietary fiber | 3.6g total sugars | 5.7g protein | 2mcg vitamin D | 10mg calcium | 3mg iron | 81mg potassium | 

White Mountain Bread Nutritional Analysis and Facts

How many calories are in 1 serving?

There are 219 calories contained in one serving of our White Mountain Bread recipe. This makes up approximately 11% of your total daily value.  

How many carbs are in 1 serving?

There are 42.1g total carbohydrates contained in one serving of our recipe. The carbs contained in this bread make up 15% of your total daily value. 

How much cholesterol are in 1 serving?

We estimate that there are 6mg cholesterol contained in one serving of our White Mountain Bread recipe. This makes up 2% of your total daily value. 

How much fiber are in 1 serving?

This recipe is estimated to contain 1.6g of dietary fiber, making up 6% of your total daily value. 

How much protein are in 1 serving?

We have estimated that one serving contains 5.7g protein in our recipe for White Mountain Bread. 

How much saturated fat is in 1 serving?

Our recipe for White Mountain Bread is estimated to contain 1.6g saturated fat per serving. This makes up 8% of your total daily value. 

How much sodium is in 1 serving?

We have estimated that one serving of our recipe for White Mountain Bread contains 393mg of sodium. This makes up 17% of your total daily value for sodium. 

How many sugars are in 1 serving?

The total sugars contained in one serving of our recipe for White Mountain Bread are estimated to be 3.6g. 

Allergen Info

Please note that our recipe contains gluten and butter. If you have allergies to either one, please substitute ingredients as needed. 

White Mountain Bread top down whole loaf

Hand-kneaded version:

Our recipe above walks you through the simple process of making Easy White Mountain bread by hand kneading it. There are, however, other ways to make this bread if you wish to avoid kneading the dough by hand. You can simply allow your mixer to knead the dough (please only use half of the dough in the recipe above at a time if you choose to do this), or you can make the bread using a bread machine.

Bread machine version:

White Mountain Bread can also be made using your bread machine. To do this, you will want to adjust the above recipe, to be the following, which is much more appropriate proportions for your bread machine. 

White Mountain Bread for the bread machine

1 cup water (about 90-100 degrees)
1 ¼ Tbsp honey
1 ¼ Tbsp butter, melted
1 ¼ tsp sea salt
3 cups bread flour
1 Tbsp bread machine yeast

To make your bread using a bread machine, add all the ingredients into your pan, in the order listed above. Add the liquid first, then dry ingredients, then yeast. Place your pan into your bread machine. The setting you select will depend on your specific bread machine. You want something that will knead it, allow it to rise, and bake it. If you have the option of white bread, this will work well. 

Mountain Bread With Vegan Adaptations

If you would like to make a vegan version of White Mountain Bread, below are some substitutions for you to try.

Butter. Substitute butter with an earth balance vegan spread.

Honey. Substitute the honey called for in this recipe with agave.

Flour. This recipe uses regular all-purpose flour; however, you may also use white wheat, spelt, or high protein gluten-free flour if you wish. 

Steamed White Mountain Bread Rolls

If you would like to enjoy some rolls, instead of bread, this recipe can be easily adapted. To make rolls simply prepare as instructed above, only instead of making the final shape into a loaf of bread, shape into rolls. Otherwise bake according to the instructions above, simply reduce the first bake time to 10 minutes.

White Mountain Bread top down three slices

Mountain Soft White Bread

Perhaps you have never had White Mountain Bread before, so understanding that bread can be soft is a bit confusing to you. You will have to make this recipe to understand for yourself. White Mountain Bread, from our recipe above, makes the most delicious, soft, and moist bread that I have ever tasted. This recipe is one of my personal favorites because it is so soft and fluffy, but is still dense and delicious at the same time.

Bakery Fresh Goodness White Mountain Bread

To taste bakery fresh goodness right from your own kitchen is easily done with this recipe for White Mountain Bread. Not only is this an easy bread to make from scratch, but you will also be rewarded by the absolutely delicious taste, and texture that can only be found from this bread. 

White Mountain Bread

Now, with our easy recipe, White Mountain Bread can easily be made in your own kitchen by using just a few ingredients. We are excited to share this recipe with you, which makes the best bread you will ever taste. Our recipe for White Mountain Bread is difficult to compete with. Give this recipe a try today and let us know what you think about it. I am so excited for you to taste this delicious bread!

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