White Bread Recipe

 

 

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Anyone interested in learning how to bake breads needs to start with a simple white bread recipe. We will take you through this one step-by-step to insure that your bread comes out great the first time. If you have any type of mixer with a dough hook feel free to go ahead and use it. If not, just follow these instructions.

White Bread Ingredients

White Bread Ingredients

White Bread Ingredients 

This recipe calls for:

1/4 Cup Warm Water

1 Package Active Dry Yeast

2 Tablespoons Sugar

2 Teaspoons Salt

2 Cups Warm Milk

2 Tablespoons Butter

6 Cups All-Purpose Flour

White Bread Equipment

White Bread Equipment

White Bread Equipment

For this recipe you will need:

2 Bread Pans (5 by 9 inch)

2 Bowls

Crisco (vegetable fat)

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

Mixing Bowl

Large and sturdy Wooden, or Mettle Spoon

Cooling Rack

Sharp Chopping Knife

Kitchen Towel

White Bread Preparation

Preparation

First Step: Preparation

First you will need to grease both bread pans and one of the mixing bowls (save the greased bowl for the sixth step) using Crisco. Then melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter.

Yeast and SugarStirred Yeast

White Bread Yeast

Yeast

Second Step: Yeast

In a small cereal bowl combined:

1/4 Cup Warm Water (around 105F)

1 Package Active Dry Yeast

1 Tablespoon Sugar

Stir this mixture until the yeast is dissolved, then set this to the side for 15 minutes. Once time is up, the yeast should bubble up and look similar to the lower left picture.

Adding ButterAdding Sugar

Adding Yeast to White Bread

Mixing First Ingredients

Third Step: Mixing liquids

In a mixing bowl combined and stir together:

2  Tablespoons Melted Butter

2 Teaspoons Salt

The Last Tablespoon of Sugar

Yeast Mixture

2 Teaspoons Milk

2 Cups warm Milk (heated to around 105F)

 

Adding Bread FlourWhite Bread Dough

White Bread Dough

White Bread Dough

Fourth Step: Mixing in Flour

Gradually add 5 cups of the flour, one cup at a time, to the mixture. Mix this thoroughly until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.  

FlourKneading White Bread

White Bread Dough Ball

Kneading White Bread

Fifth Step: Kneading White Bread Dough

Take your last cup of flour and pour one third of it onto a firm area. Then scrape the dough out of the bowl onto the flour and knead it for ten minutes. Be careful to proportion the other 2/3 cup of flour to last as long as possible. The longer you knead, the lighter the bread. Once nine minutes is up, begin to knead your dough into a nice ball.

 

If you have never kneaded dough before hear are the instructions on how to knead dough.

Letting White Bread Rise

Risen White Bread

Letting White Bread Rise

Sixth Step: Letting White Bread Rise

Place the dough in the greased bowl and then lightly grease its exposed sides. Cover it with a moist dish towel and let it rise for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until it doubles in size.

To test and see if your dough is read stick your finger into the dough. If the dough expands again, give the dough more time to rise. If the impression stays, then move on to the next step.

Kneading White Bread Dough

Forming White Bread Loafs

Seventh Step: Forming White Bread Loafs

Once your dough has risen punch it with your fist to remove most of the excess air. Then lightly knead the remaining air out (just three, or four kneads). Cut this dough ball in half and gently form each into a loaf.

Bread Rising

Risen Bread

Rising

Eighth Step: Loafs Rise

Place each loaf into one of the bread pans, cover them with a moist kitchen towel and let them rise for another 45 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375F.

Baking BreadBaked Bread

Removing White Bread From Pan

Baking White Bread

Ninth Step: Baking White Bread

Now place both risen loafs into the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes.

Once 35 minutes is up, poke the middle of one loaf with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean then the bread is done. Remove both loafs from the oven and shake them out of their pans. Place them on a cooling wrack and let them cool. 

Homemade White Bread

All Done!

Now you get to enjoy some tasty homemade white bread!

 

 

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