Homemade White Bread

I enjoy making homemade bread when I have a chance.  The smell of the fresh bread coming out of the oven is to die for.

The other day, I cleaned out my cookbook cupboard.  I found a cookbook called “Grandma’s Recipes.”  It has recipes from the 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s.  As I looked through the book, I found a recipe for white bread.  The original recipe made 4 loaves so I scaled it down to make 2 loaves instead of the 4.

It calls for melted shortening.  Since it’s a small amount, I left it in.  I’m sure it would be okay with melted butter instead.

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Homemade White Bread

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. yeast
  • 1 c. lukewarm water
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2-1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2-1/2 Tbsp. melted shortening or butter
  • 6 to 6-1/2 c. flour

Steps:

  1. Dissolve the yeast in water.  Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add milk, sugar, salt, and melted shortening or butter.
  3. Add half of the flour and beat until smooth.
  4. Add remaining flour or enough to make it an easily handled dough.
  5. Knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes by hand or 5 to 10 minutes using an electric mixer and dough hook
  6. Place dough in a greased bowl, cove and set in a warm place without a draft.
  7. Let rise until double in bulk.  (About an hour.)
  8. Punch down and then divide into two equal portions.
  9. Shape the dough into loaves.
  10. Placed into greased bread pans.
  11. Cover and let rise again until double in bulk.  (About 15 to 30 minutes)
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes
  13. Enjoy with butter or jam!  Or enjoy plain!

We just got back from our Spring Break trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto.  I’ve posted some pictures of some of the signs and things we saw while driving through southern Ontario on my blog about life.  Here is the link to that post.

On Saturday, I will have a post on here about some of the food we ate while we were in Canada.

On my photography blog, I’ve been sharing pictures from our trip.  The link to the photography blog is in the left hand side bar.

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Happy eating,
Traci

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