Home Style Country White Bread
Two large loaves of sweet, moist bread with a tender golden crust. I find this recipe so easy to work with. It produces a soft dough which kneads easily. At the end of the recommended 8 minutes of kneading, it is ready for the first rise. Delicious straight from the oven, this one will make wonderful sandwiches and toast!
Servings Prep Time
2Loaves 20Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25-30 minutesMinutes 2to 2-1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
2Loaves 20Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25-30 minutesMinutes 2to 2-1/2 hours
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Using my stand mixer with a dough hook, I get out a large mixing bowl and dissolve the Yeast in the lukewarm water. Add the Sugar, Salt, beaten Eggs and Oil. Stir in 3 Cups of Flour, then turn on the mixer and beat until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining 3-1/2 to 4 Cups of Flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Scrape the dough onto a highly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. To check if the “knead” is complete, poke your finger into the dough. If the indentation stays, the dough is ready for the first rise.
  3. Grease another large mixing bowl. I use a bit of Vegetable Shortening, like Crisco. Place the dough in the bowl, turn it over to grease the top, and cover with a clean tea towel. Place the dough in the oven with the light on, set the timer for 60 minutes and wait.
  4. After 60 minutes, your dough should have risen to double in size. If it’s not, that OK, just re-cover and wait another 10 minutes.
  5. Then, the fun part. Punch down that dough until it’s deflated! Dump it onto your counter top and divide it in half. Shape into 2 equal sized loaves and carefully place in to 2 greased 9×5 inch loaf pans.
  6. Cover and place back in the oven to rise for another 60 minutes until doubled in size.
  7. Remove from the oven. Then heat your oven to 375°. Put the 2 loaf pans back in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. The tops should be a lovely golden brown Remove from the oven to cooling racks and remove from the pans. Let cool completely before wrapping in plastic wrap for storage.
  8. However, before storing your bread, make sure you slice into a warm loaf, slather with butter and treat yourself to something amazingly delicious!
  9. Thank you again for stopping by today! Some days our journey will only be as far as our kitchens. But the ability and desire to make bake up something visually lovely and delightfully delicious is its own reward. Until next time, Journey On!
  10. Hugs and much love from me, Karen, TJG Please stop by my website and leave me a comment. I enjoy hearing from you all. www.thejourneygirl.com

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