Basic White Bread

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Dense bread makes great toast - soaks in lots of butter!

This bread isn't the most exciting loaf ever, but it's simplicity is going to make it a staple in my kitchen. The crust is a tiny bit sweet, the bread is finely grained and neutral in flavor. It takes 3 hours from start to finish.

Basic White Bread
makes 1 loaf

2 cups bread flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp instant (quick) yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil or melted butter
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup milk (heated very warm)

MIx the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients and stir to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for ten minutes. Allow dough to rise in a cloth covered, oiled bowl for an hour or until doubled. Punch the dough down and shape into a loaf. Allow to rise in oven (with the light on or with a pan of warm water) for about an hour. Bake at 180C for 40 minutes.

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i've been yearning to bake bread lately, perhaps this will be the impetus! It looks yummy.

I make a yummy banana bread!! Does that count?

Seems to me that you could probably make good use of a bread maker in the near future. Does all the kneading for you and you can set the timer so that it is ready for breakfast.

I make bread all the time. I don't do it as much by hand anymore but rely on my bread machine due to time restrictions (a really good loaf of white bread can take up to 5 hours (2 rises of up to 2 hours and baking and cooling). I like the recipe above and I'll give it a try. I'd suggest that in a pinch, if one doesn't have honey, try going with 2 Tbsp brown sugar. I found that to work with a few of my bread recipes.

I love kneading and getting my hands full of flour. Breadmakers don't afford the same tactile joy.

Nope, breadmakers don't afford the same tactile joy. But, when you're working during the day and want a fresh loaf with dinner, breadmakers allow it! Or, they at least give you a loaf of shumpy.

Even my handmade loaves don't look as picture perfect as yours do. Are you sure you didn't kidnap that loaf from 1950's cookbook photo collection?

Thanks for this recipe - I've just baked a loaf and it's turned out great without much effort at all! I used brown sugar rather than honey, because I don't have any honey. (Except I've just remembered I do have some after all, so could have used it. Hm.) Anyway I think this will make exceptional toast tomorrow morning. I have to say, it's very good looking too, a very handsome loaf of bread indeed!

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