Basic White Bread

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February 25th, 2012
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In my house, we never buy commercial bread. It has gotten so expensive that we started to make our own. When I say “we”, I mean my husband. He’s the dough master in this house. He makes the bread and the pizza dough and I clean the dishes. In fact he’s gotten so efficient at it, that it only takes him only about 5 minutes to prep and kneed (sure, having a stand mixer helps).
 
This bread is as good fresh as it is toasted (actually, that’s a lie, it’s even better toasted).  It’s so good that it makes us wish we had a breakfast place. We think we would be successful just because of the bread.
 

Basic White Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 4 1/2 tsp quick rise yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F) (
  • 5-6 cups all-purpose flour

 

Directions:

The target temperature for liquids is about 40°C/105°F (a little bit warmer than body temperature).

  1. In a mixer bowl, add warm water and yeast and allow to dissolve.
  2. In a small saucepan, add milk, sugar, salt and butter. Warm on medium-heat until butter is melted. Set aside.
  3. Return to mixer bowl and add the milk mixture and 4 1/2 cups of flour. Turn on mixer to Speed 2 and mix until uniform (2-3  minutes).
  4. Keep adding flour, 1/2 cup at a time until the dough cleans the bowl. We normally just have to add 1/2 cup (total of 5 cups).
  5. Knead for an extra 2 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Dough will be slightly sticky to the touch (when you touch it it should stay together but you should still feel a slight resistance).
  6. Grease extra-large bowl with about 1 tbsp olive oil. The bowl needs to be large enough to accommodate at least twice the size of the dough.
  7. Place dough in greased bowl, flipping it to coat each side. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for an hour or until doubled (with quick rise yeast).
  8. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch the dough down and split in two. Shape into two loaves and place on a greased baking pan of your choice. Cover with clean cloth and allow to double in size (1-1 1/2 hour with quick rise yeast).
  9. Preheat oven to 400°F and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.
Adapted from: KitchenAid Stand Mixer Recipes

 

 

3 Responses to Basic White Bread

  1. Mark says:

    I’ll try it next time I make bread, it’s different than my recipe.

  2. Talty says:

    Wow this is amazing, thanks for the recipe and instructions, I must make it!

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