When it comes to homemade goodies, nothing beats freshly baked bread. From the bubbly yeast at the beginning to the slow rising dough and then the final product of warm soft bread, it’s perfection. With so many different varieties of bread out there, it means there is something for everyone. I personally can’t get enough white bread. There are numerous white bread recipes out there, and I have tried my fair share of them, but this one is the best white bread recipe that I have found. The dough is easy to work with, has a pleasant aroma while baking, and creates a nice soft loaf, similar to those you find in the store.
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The best white bread
- 5 teaspoons of dry active yeast
- 3 Tablespoons of sugar
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup of oil or melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/4 -3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- Place the water, yeast, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir slightly and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. The mixture should turn foamy.
- Add in oil/butter and salt. Mix until combined.
- Add 3 1/4 cups of flour in the bowl and mix until well combined. I use speed 2 on my KitchenAid stand mixer with the dough hook for this step. Be sure to stop the mixer midway through and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. If your dough is still fairly sticky, then add in an additional 1/4 cup of flour. Continue to use speed 2, or mix by hand, until the dough forms a ball and is slightly elastic.
- Remove the dough from the mixer and place it on a lightly floured counter. Cover the dough and let rest for about 5 minutes.
- Knead the dough for a few minutes. This ensures the dough comes together nicely and helps to create a nice soft bread.
- Shape the dough into a loaf and place in a greased 9×4 loaf pan. The loaf can be shaped in a number of ways and baked on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat as well. If you are doing a free-form loaf, then cut a few slits at the top of the loaf. Allow to rise for about 20 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size. If your house is cool, you can place the dough in the oven with the light on to help it rise.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Bake for 20-30 minutes. The bread should turn a nice golden brown. Allow the bread to cool for several minutes before removing it from the pan. Place on a wire cooling rack.
- Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
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