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our favorite white bread

Desciption

this recipe will make two large loaves, and we often make one of them into cinnamon raisin bread. to do this, after the first rise knead about 1/3 cup raisins into the dough before rolling it out flat. then after rolling it out flat, brush the dough with melted butter, then sprinkle with a heavy layer of a cinnamon-sugar mixture (1 tsp cinnamon to each tbsp sugar) and roll up the dough into a loaf as in the recipe. i also usually grease the pan a little more heavily for a cinnamon raisin loaf. this bread made wonderful yet inexpensive christmas gifts!

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Steps

  1. Using a four-cup measuring cup
  2. Heat the milk in the microwave for approximately 2 1 / 2 minutes on high
  3. Add the honey
  4. Sugar
  5. Salt and 2 tbsp butter and stir until the butter is melted
  6. Using an instant-read thermometer
  7. Cool the milk mixture to between 100 and 110 degrees
  8. Add both yeast packages to the warm milk mixture and stir until combined
  9. Let sit for about 10 minutes
  10. Or until yeast is foamy
  11. Put 5 cups of flour in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer and add the milk mixture
  12. Beat with paddle attachment until well combined
  13. Then switch to the dough hook and add the rest of the flour
  14. Continue to mix until combined
  15. Then once the dough has formed and pulled away from the sides of the mixer
  16. Continue to knead on a medium speed for 6-9 minutes
  17. At this point
  18. The dough should be smooth and supple
  19. Place the dough on a very lightly floured counter or board and knead by hand until you feel relaxed
  20. Then form the dough into a smooth ball
  21. Place in a large buttered bowl
  22. Flip it over so the top of the dough is buttered
  23. Cover loosely with a non-terry kitchen towel and let rise for 2-3 hours in a warm place
  24. After rising
  25. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it in half
  26. Using your hands or a rolling pin and working with one piece at a time
  27. Roll out each half to a rectangle about 5-6 inches wide and 12-15 inches long
  28. Starting at the short side of the dough
  29. Tightly roll up the dough into a small loaf
  30. Pinch the dough at the seam
  31. And tuck the ends under to make a neat loaf
  32. Place seam-side down in a greased loaf pan and repeat with the second loaf
  33. Cover again with a kitchen towel and let loaves rise about 1 1 / 2 - 2 hours
  34. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place the loaves into the oven on the lowest rack
  35. Turn the temperature down to 375 degrees and bake approximately 25 minutes
  36. If the loaves start to get too brown
  37. Loosely lay a piece of aluminum foil over the loaves until they are done
  38. Be sure

Step 24

Total Time in Minute 385

Ingredients Count 7

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Ingredients

Milk

Honey

Sugar

Salt

Butter

Active dry yeast

Unbleached bread flour

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