Friday, February 22, 2013

Homemade White Bread

I don't know about you, but cold, snowy weather gives me the baking itch. We're in yet another winter storm, I'm ready for spring-bring it on! Although this one is hardly bad enough to close schools like they did. I kid you not, every single snow storm this year has ruined a fun day for the kiddos. First it was their holiday parties before Christmas break, then it was the 100th day of school and last night their family movie night at school was cancelled. They were not very happy, so instead we had our own movie night at home to make up for it. I think it worked.

I spent a little bit of time yesterday baking a couple loaves of this bread. I was certainly in the mood to bake but couldn't decide on what, I think these were the perfect choice. We enjoyed slices with homemade strawberry jam for snack after school, with dinner last night and let me tell you, cinnamon toast is awesome on this bread.

The bread is light and airy with a hint of sweetness. It's perfect for sandwiches without being too heavy. I bet french toast would be wonderful, I need to give that a try! Really, it's just the perfect bread. We especially love it warm out of the oven with a bit of jam. What a great treat for a cold, snowy day. Perfect!

Homemade White Bread
2 c warm water
1-1/2 tbsp dry active yeast
2/3 c sugar
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/4 vegetable or canola oil
5-1/2 c bread flour (I'm sure all-purpose flour would work great too)

Add water, yeast and 1 tsp of sugar to a medium bowl, set aside for about 10 mins. In the bowl of a stand mixer add rest of the sugar, salt, flour and oil. After the 10 mins. is up, add the liquid mixture to the bowl. Using a dough hook mix for 7-8 mins. * I usually do have to add in 1-2 tbsp of water to help dough clear sides of the bowl. Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise for 1-1/2 hours. When done rising, punch dough down and divide in half. Shape into two loaves and place into greased 9x4-inch loaf pans. Cover and let rise for another 45 mins.  Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 mins.

Makes 2 loaves

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