Basic White Bread

Course : Breads
Serves: 1
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1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water (105 -115 F/40 -46 C)
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp/11 mL)
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm water
4 1/2 cups White Flour -- (4 1/2 to 5 1/2)

Preparation / Directions:

For Best Results DISSOLVE 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in large bowl. Sprinkle in yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir well. HEAT milk to lukewarm. Stir in butter, 2 tablespoon sugar, salt and 1/2 cup warm water. Add milk mixture and 2 cups white flour to dissolved yeast mixture. Beat with wooden spoon or electric mixer until smooth and elastic. STIR IN 2 1/2 cups of remaining flour gradually. If necessary, add more flour to make a soft dough which leaves sides of bowl. Turn out on floured board. Round up into a ball. KNEAD dough, adding more flour as necessary, until dough is smooth, elastic and no longer sticky (about 10 minutes). PLACE in lightly greased bowl. Turn dough to grease top. Cover with greased waxed paper and tea towel. LET RISE in warm place (75°-85°F/24°-29°C) until doubled (45 - 60 minutes). PUNCH DOWN Turn out onto lightly floured board and divide into 2 equal portions. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. SHAPE each portion into a loaf. Place seam side down in 2 greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/4" (1.5 L) loaf pans. Cover with tea towel. LET RISE in warm place until dough rises 1 1/2" (3 cm) above top of pan in center and corners are filled (45 to 60 minutes). BAKE at 400°F/200°C on lower oven rack for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from pans immediately. Brush top crust with butter if a soft crust is desired. Cool on wire racks. Quick Note: This recipe makes 2 loaves. For 4 loaves, simply double all of your ingredients. Don't let the name fool you. There is nothing basic about this white bread recipe. As for the taste, you'll enjoy it as much, if not more than, the smell of this delicious bread baking in your oven. It's been a favorite for over 70


Nutritional Information:

3271 Calories (kcal); 37g Total Fat; (10% calories from fat); 66g Protein; 665g Carbohydrate; 95mg Cholesterol; 3568mg Sodium

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