Monday, January 16, 2012


I love baking bread.

It was one of the many things that intimidated me, as far as cooking, when I first got married.

Over the years, I have slowly gotten past my intimidations, and have been baking my own bread for dinner quite often, now, for a couple of years.

I have 4-5 go-to recipes, depending on what else is for dinner, and this one is pretty close to making that list.

Homemade White Bread
from Cooking Light via My Recipes


  • package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups warm fat-free milk (100° to 110°)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, melted
  • 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Cooking spray

  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in butter. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 4 1/4 cups flour and salt to yeast mixture; stir until blended. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).
  2. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch dough down; let rest 5 minutes. Roll into a 14 x 7-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Roll up rectangle tightly, starting with a short edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal. Place roll, seam side down, in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Uncover dough. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until loaf is browned on the bottom and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove loaf from pan, and cool on a wire rack.

1 comment:

  1. I can relate. I have a tag called "fear of yeast" from my early days of bread baking. I'm pretty much over it now, but I still have my when my sponge has been sitting there for 12 hours and still hasn't fallen yet. Grr.


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