Basic White Bread

Added: June 3, 2010

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This is your most basic bread recipe. It's fluffy and delicious. Spread a little butter over it when it's done.

Shared by svenetos

Time needed

5 hours cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope dry yeast
  • 1/4 C. warm water
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • 1 C. milk
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. water
  • 7 C. flour, sifted

Directions

Proof yeast with 1/2 tsp. sugar in 1/4 C. warm water until foamy. Meanwhile, combine butter, milk, remaining sugar and salt in small saucepan. Heat just until butter melts. Add 1 C. water and cool to lukewarm. Transfer milk mixture into large bowl. Add 3 C. flour and stir with wire whisk to make thin batter. Stir in yeast. By hand, gradually add 4 C. flour to make soft dough.

Turn dough on to well-floured board and, adding remaining flour, knead until dough is satiny and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down and allow to rise again.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Punch down and let rest 5 minutes. Divide into 3 equal portions and shape into balls. Grease three 9x5-inch loaf pans. Shape dough into loaves and transfer one in each pan. Cover and let rise until double in size. Bake 15 minutes in oven. Reduce heat to 350 and bake 25 more minutes or until golden brown. Brush with water or butter, remove from pans and cool.

This recipe is from “What’s Cooking in Niles.”

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