Basic White Bread

Homemade loaf of bread.
    150 min

This is an excellent recipe for basic white bread. Not only does it taste great, it makes the whole house smell wonderful.

What You'll Need

  • 6 cups flour, more or less, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 cups very warm water, about 100° to 110°
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter

How to Make It

In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.

Beating at low speed, add the water and butter.

Continue beating at high speed for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup flour and beat 4 minutes longer. Stir in 3 cups flour, or enough to make the dough soft.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic, adding more flour as necessary.

Place dough in a large buttered bowl, turning to butter top.

Cover with a clean towel and let rise for about 1 hour in a warm place, free of drafts. Punch dough down; knead until smooth.

Cut dough in half, cover with the mixing bowl and let stand for 15 minutes longer.

Roll each half into a 12x9-inch rectangle. Starting with the narrow edge, roll up, turning ends under to make loaves to fit pans.

Place rolls seam side down in greased loaf pans, 9x5x3-inches. Cover pans with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until doubles it size, it will take about 45 minutes.

Bake loaves at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped with fingers. Remove from pans to racks; brush with butter for a soft, more flavorful crust, if desired.

Makes 2 loaves.


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