This bread was inspired by a situation that occurred a few weeks ago. Fuzz had a friend over for an all-day visit, and when lunch time rolled around, I wasn’t able to make this friend what she wanted — a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had tons of good peanut butter and some grape jelly, but the only bread on hand was a bag of high fiber English muffins.
By that point it was too late to make white bread from scratch (I ended up having to take the girls out), but over the next couple of days I tried a few recipes and settled on this one. We’ve been making it ever since.
Now we just need to invite Fuzz’s peanut butter & jelly loving friend over for a taste test. I think she’ll approve.
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk
- 5 teaspoons of unsalted butter
- 3 to 3 ½ cups of (about 13.5 oz plus more if needed) bread flour
- 5 teaspoons of granulated sugar
- 1 1/8 teaspoon salt, Morton Kosher**
- 1 1/8 teaspoon of yeast (half a packet) active dry yeast
- In a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup, combine the water, milk and butter. Microwave for 1 minute, and then stick a thermometer in the mixture. It should be about 125 degrees or hotter. If it’s hotter, let it cool down to about 125 degrees.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1 cup of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Gradually add the 125 degree liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir well. Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time until you have a dough that is not too dry, nor too sticky.
- Attach the dough hook to the mixer and knead with the mixer for about 8 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic.
- Rub a second bowl with butter. Put the dough in the greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Press it down and pat it into a rectangle. Roll into a cylinder and put the cylinder in a greased and floured 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch loaf pan.
- Put the loaf pan in a warm place and let it rise for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 45 minutes or until loaf is browned and feels hollow when tapped. Let cool completely, then remove from the pan and slice.