Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday White Bread

Wow! I tried this bread today...allow lots of time the rise times allow equal 4 hours! But it is so worth the wait! Perfect for Sundays--it can raise while we nap :) It tasted a lot like french bread it was super light and fluffy on the inside and had a crunchy crust...and monster loaves. We ate a whole loaf tonight at dinner with some garlic potato soup. We will definitely be making this again!
John's Rating: 8-9

1 Tbsp yeast
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water
2 1/2 tablespoons shortening (I eyeballed it)
6-7 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.

In mixing bowl, combine sugar, salt, 2 cups water and shortening. Stir in yeast mixture. Gradually add flour to form a soft dough. Knead.

Place in a greased bowl and cover and let rise for about 2 hours.

Punch down and divide into 2 portions and form loaves.

Place in greased 9 x 5 loaf pans.

Let rise until higher than pans (about 2 hours).

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Brush tops with butter and cool on cooling rack.


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