Basic White Bread Without a Bread Machine
Cuisine: American
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 165 mins
Total time: 3 hours 15 mins
A basic white bread perfect for sandwiches and toast.
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and knead with the mixer for about 8 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. 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.
  5. Put the loaf pan in a warm place and let it rise for 1 hour.
  6. 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.
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