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  • Serves: 3 Loaves

Basic White Bread

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 2 c Milk
  • 1 Stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 2 pk Active dry yeast
  • 1/3 c Warm water
  • 1 tb Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 c Molasses or brown sugar
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 7 -8 c unbleached
  • -all-purpose
  • -flour (approximately)


In a saucepan, heat the milk and butter over a low flame until the milk is
scalded (brought just short of boiling). Set aside to cool. If quick
cooling is necessary, fill a bowl with ice water and set the saucepan
inside, stirring milk mixture until lukewarm, no cooler. (baby bottle

In a mixing bowl, dissolve the sugar and yeast in the water. Set in a warm
place for 20 minutes, until a sponge is formed. Add the milk, eggs,
molasses or brown sugar, and salt, and mix. Add flour a cup at a time
until dough is stiff enough to work by hand. Turn dough out onto a floured
board and knead until elastic (until dough stops coming off on your hands!)
Grease the inside of a large bowl, put the dough in, then turn the dough to
coat the top with grease. Cover bowl with a wet tea towel (not dripping,
just wet!) and set in a warm place to rise for about an hour or until
double. (If you have a gas oven with a pilot, this is perfect. So is the
top of the refrigerator.)

Punch the dough down, knead it briefly, then re-cover it in the bowl and
set it aside to rise for another hour. Punch the dough down again, knead it
for about a minute, then divide it into three equal parts. Form each
portion into a loaf, and place into a greased loaf pan (if you made a seam
in the loaves when forming them, place the seam at the bottom.) Cover with
a moist towel and let the loaves rise about 45 minutes, until the tops of
the loaves are just above the top edge of the pans.

After 30 minutes of this rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees (350 for
glass pans). For a chewier top crust, you can brush on a mixture of one
beaten egg and a Tablespoon of water before placing the loaves in the oven.
(for a moister crust, bake plain, then rub a stick of butter over the hot
loaves until the top crust is lightly coated as the loaves are cooling on a
rack.) Bake the loaves for 35-40 minutes. The crust should be golden brown,
and the loaves will sound hollow when rapped with a knuckle. Remove from
pans immediately and place on wire racks to cool. Cool completely before
storing in any airtight container.

* The Polka Dot Palace BBS 1-201-822-3627 Posted by FAYLEN


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