Food You Can Eat: White Bread

Not Wonder Bread

There is nothing in the world like freshly baked bread with butter on it.

First things first:  You know that I used to bake professionally.  Here’s where I let you in on a little secret:  I hate baking bread.  It’s a pain in the ass.  But, I needed to get this recipe done for the cookbook so here we are.

A caveat before we get started:  I’ve never made a regular sandwich bread using milk as the primary liquid before.  I also think that the ratio of milk to flour is unrealistic.  You’re probably looking at more like 4.5 – 5 cups of flour, depending on the atmospheric conditions where you are.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Pkg. Yeast

¼ Cup Water, warm

1 tsp. Sugar

2 Tbsp. Butter, softened

1 ½ tsp. Salt

2 Tbsp. Sugar

2 Cups Milk, warm

4 Cups Flour

Combine yeast, warm water and 1 tsp. of sugar, and set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix the butter, salt and additional sugar.  Add milk and mix well.

Add yeast mixture to butter mixture.  Add three cups of flour and beat well.  Then, gradually add remaining flour until a firm dough forms.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes.  Form dough into a ball, place back into bowl and cover with a damp towel.  Allow to rise for one hour.

Remove damp towel, punch down dough, then cover again and allow to rest for 10 minutes.  Turn dough out onto floured surface, divide in half, and form into two loaves.  Place loaves in buttered loaf pans, cover with damp towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.

Bake in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes, then turn heat down to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes more.

This is a pretty decent bread recipe.  The texture is denser than I’m used to, but I’m not sure if that’s due to the milk or my rustiness because I haven’t made bread in years—probably the latter. Anyway, this was a good one to end the testing of my grandmother’s recipes.

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6 Comments

  1. I love freshly baked bread. When I was growing up my Nonna made all our bread. I loved eating Wonder Bread at my friends houses because I was young and stupid. I’ve tried making my own but it never works out . ☹️

  2. I love baking, but I’m terrible at bread. My mom used to make bread when I was a kid. She had a sourdough starter bubbling away on the counter for several years, and she made bread, English muffins, pancakes… all kinds of stuff.

    Gluten free bread is totally different… I do ok with that. It’s usually more of a batter than a dough, though, which I’m much better at dealing with.

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