White Bread Recipe: The Perfect Loaf for Any Occasion
Bread is a staple food in many cultures around the world, and for good reason. Not only is it a delicious and comforting food, but it is also versatile and can be used in a wide range of dishes. If you’re looking for a classic white bread recipe that is perfect for sandwiches, toast, and more, look no further. Here’s how to make the perfect loaf of white bread.
▢1 2/3 cups lukewarm water, divided
▢2 1/4 tsp instant yeast, or active dry yeast
▢1 tsp sugar
▢1 Tbsp honey, (or more sugar)
▢1 tsp salt
▢1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
▢4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
▢1 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted for brushing
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook combine the instant yeast, sugar, and half of the lukewarm water.
Let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy (if using active dry yeast, let sit for 15 minutes).
Add remaining water, honey, salt, cubed butter, and 4 cups flour to the bowl. Knead at low speed until the dough comes together and is soft but not sticky. Add a few more tablespoons flour if necessary.
Continue to knead for 6-9 minutes until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is soft and smooth.
Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and make sure that it is completely coated.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm and draft-free place for about 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
Lightly flour your work surface and turn out the dough onto it. Divide it into two equally sized portions.
Use your fingers to gently pat each half into an 8×12 inch rectangle while pressing it all over to remove any air pockets.
Starting at the short end, roll up the rectangle into a tight roll and pinch the seams to seal.
Tuck the ends of the roll slightly under the roll to create some tension on the surface and place each loaf into a greased 8×4 inch loaf pan tucked ends and seam side down.
Cover with a greased piece of plastic wrap and let rise for about 45 minutes in a warm and draft-free place until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 390 degrees F and adjust oven rack to lower-middle position.
Bake loaves for 25-30 minutes until golden brown (and the loaf registers 208 to 210 degrees).
Invert bread onto a cooling rack. Reinvert loaves and brush tops and sides with melted butter. Let cool completely before slicing.
➔ Recipe Notes:
- For best results, use a kitchen scale to measure the flour. This will ensure that you have the exact amount of flour needed for the recipe.
- You can use either instant yeast or active dry yeast for this recipe. If using instant yeast, there is no need to activate it before adding it to the flour mixture.
- If you don’t have a 9×5 inch loaf pan, you can use a smaller or larger one. Just adjust the baking time accordingly.
- If you want a softer crust, brush the top of the bread with melted butter as soon as it comes out of the oven.
➔ Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 slice (1/12 of loaf)
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrates: 22g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
White bread is a classic favorite that can be enjoyed any time of day. With this easy recipe, you can make a fresh loaf of bread that is perfect for sandwiches, toast, and more. Give it a try and see how delicious homemade bread can be!
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