I may not eat a lot of bread….only when I have cravings for french toast, grilled cheese, or a hamburger, but my boyfriend does, so I make him lots of homemade bread. He likes to make sandwiches for lunch every once in a while and since I’ve only made sourdough (and that’s not very good sandwich bread) I’m making white bread for him.
Ingredients: 1 Tbsp active dry yeast, 1 Tbsp sugar, 2.5 cups warm water (about 70 degrees), 6 cups all purpose flour (or bread flour if you prefer), 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup buttermilk, and 2 tsp salt
In a bowl mix the yeast, sugar, and water and let stand about 5 minutes until you start to see foam. Add in the rest of the ingredients and knead (with the dough hook or with your hands) until smooth and the dough springs back when you poke it. (If you’re using the dough hook, after the 8 minutes is up, place the dough on a floured counter surface and knead by hand until smooth and elastic).
Let rest and rise in the bowl, covered with a towel, for about 1 hour (making sure that it’s doubled in size).
Butter or spray with none-stick spray a bread baking pan.
Then knead the dough for another 2 minutes by hand, split into 2 evenly weighing duffs, roll each into a square, roll them up and place into 2 separate bread pan until it’s all tucked in. Cover with the towel again and let rest for another hour.
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Brush the top of the bread with buttermilk and place pan in the middle of the rack and bake for 20 minutes. Take out of the pan and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Let cool on a cooling rack.
The bread is soft, delectable, and healthy for you too. I mean who want to buy bread with 20 ingredients in it (and you don’t know what half the ingredients are) when you can make healthy, wonderful, delicious bread at home for cheap. This is the first homemade white bread that I actually really like! And it’ll be perfect for my boyfriends lunch sandwiches!