Thursday, May 26, 2011

Classic White Bread

I know that white bread isn't the healthiest thing out there, but this bread...oh, it's so, so yummy. Great for sandwiches or just warm with butter....oh, yum. Keep a loaf, freeze a loaf, and give away a loaf.

Original recipe credit: Melissa, maybe? I've had this recipe since college and don't remember exactly where I got it.
yield: 3 loaves

3 cups warm water
3 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 Tbsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
8 cups flour

1. In large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients with 4 cups flour. Let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Gradually add remaining 4 cups flour, kneading until smooth. Place dough in a large oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover with a damp cloth; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
2. Punch dough down and let rest a few minutes. Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Shape into loaves and place into greased bread pans. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350°.
4. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes.

***If you live in Europe, you may need more than 8 cups of flour. I think I used 10-12 cups the last time I made this bread.***

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