How cool would it be if you NEVER had to buy bread from the store again. Think of how much money you could save and how good your house could smell all the time! Well I don’t know if I’m ready to completely give up store-bought bread, but I’ve finally found a recipe that gives you the white squishy sandwich bread straight from your own oven.
I used a bread machine to mix the dough and let it rise, then baked it in the oven.
4 cups flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast
1 cup warm milk
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs sugar
Add all of your ingredients to the bread machine mixer and set for a 2lb loaf size. Now you need to keep in mind that the texture is very important with this bread. When the dough is done, you want a drier dough than you usually would–you don’t want air pockets when it bakes, like you would get with a more crusty, rustic bread. The dough should be dry to the touch (the dough shouldn’t stick to your fingers). This may require you to add a little additional water or more flour to get the right consistency. This combination can also depend on your altitude, so don’t necessarily follow my measurements too strictly.
When the mixing cycle is done and it has risen in the bread machine, move the dough to a well-greased loaf pan. Cover the pan and let rise for another hour or so–the dough should rise above the top of the pan.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for about 45 minutes–but watch it closely! It could be more, could be less.
Just a warning–the crust may seem hard at first, but it will soften into a fluffy white bread.
So GOOD! I just need more practice at cutting thin-sandwich-bread-slices of bread. Guess I’ll have to bake more to practice!