What Temperature Do You Bake Bread At

If you’re baking a fresh, homemade loaf of bread, it is imperative to use the right temperature in your oven. The good news is, it’s not rocket science. Most bread can bake anywhere from 350F to 500F, although the amount of time is determined by the bread being baked.

Hey, there! I’m Michelle, and I have a major affinity for bread. I’m not judgy, either. I love all bread equally! In my opinion, bread is one of the most difficult things to make from home, which is why I’m here to share some handy tips and tricks with you about baking temps.

If you’re considering making homemade bread, don’t panic if you mess up your first few times. A lot can go wrong, including baking at the wrong temperature. This article will help to avoid temperature pitfalls while baking a fresh batch of bread.

Put on your aprons, and let’s bake some bread, chefs!

What Temperature Do You Bake Bread At?

Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer regarding what temperature to bake bread at. The truth is, each type of bread requires its own temperature. Not only that, but some types of bread require temperature changes partially through the baking process (sourdough).

The best thing is to follow the recipe to a tee. If it tells you the oven needs to preheat, then do it. If the recipe shares to turn the oven down a notch halfway through, then do it. Until you’re familiar with baking bread, it’s best to go down the instructions and follow them entirely.

Types of Bread and Their Temperature Needs

Although I recommend staying in line with the instructions of your bread recipe, here is a basic rundown of some popular types of bread and what temperature they should be baked (and for how long).

  • Whole Grain Loaf/350F/35 Minutes
  • Dinner Rolls/375F/35 Minutes
  • Hamburger Buns/350F/20 Minutes
  • Sourdough Round/450F/40 Minutes
  • Banana Bread/350F/60 Minutes
  • Baguette/480F/30 Minutes

Some recipes will require you to change the temperature halfway through the cooking process. Others may require a few minutes under the broiler to achieve the ideal crust and crumble. Pay attention to any changes in the recipe.


The best way to know what temperature your bread should bake is to follow the recipe, although most bread will be fine around 350F to 500F. If you still have some prying questions about bake temperatures, check out these frequently asked questions.

How long do you bake bread at 350 degrees?

If you’re baking bread at 350F degrees, you should let it bake for around 40 minutes. The crust will have a nice golden brown appearance, and the bread will sound hollow in the middle.

Can you bake bread at 325?

There is no rule saying you can’t bake bread at 325F, but most recipes require you to bake bread at a much higher temperature. This is especially true for bread that has a thick crust, such as sourdough.

Can you bake bread at 425?

Yup! In fact, this is the required temperature for many different types of bread. Again, it is always best to refer to the recipe to know how high the temperature should be in the oven. 

Final Words

Baking bread can be finicky, especially if you are trying to bake bread like sourdough. To know the best temperature for your bread, follow the recipe entirely. Keep in mind that some recipes will change the temperature or use broil at certain points for the best result.

Do you like making bread? What temperature do you bake your bread at? 

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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  • Jeff

    Help! I baked bread in a dutch oven @ 350 and discovered the reciep calls for the bread to be baked at 475. I turned the oven up to 475 and need to know how long should I bake it for?

    • Michelle

      Hi Jeff!
      Don’t you hate when that happens? Been there, done that.
      Honestly, a lot will depend on how long your bread’s been baking at 350F.
      The best thing you can do in this situation is to keep an eye on it.
      Hope everything worked out!
      Happy baking,