Thursday, August 27, 2009

my favorite white bread recipe

This does NOT work in a bread machine..

5 1/2 - 6 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 packages or 6 tsps yeast (rapid rise)
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter

In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt. Heat water, milk and butter until very warm, (120-130 F), stir into dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at mediom speed with electic mixer. Stir in 1 cup flour, beat at high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surace until smooth and elastic (about 8-10 minutes) Cover.. Let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough in half. Roll each into a 12X7 inch rectangle. Roll uptight as for a Jelly Roll. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place seams down in greased bread pans, cover and let until it doubles in size.. about 45 minutes. Bake at 400 F for 25-30 minutes.

NOTE:To make whole wheat bread substitute 2 cups whole wheat flour for part of the all purpose flour.

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