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4.5 from 2 votes

Simple Homemade White Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry yeast about 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1 cup warm water about 40 seconds in the microwave is perfect
  • 3 cups bread flour if you can't find this go ahead and use all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp honey

Instructions

  • Mix the honey and warm water together, add the yeast and stir until dissolved.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour and the salt to the yeast mixture.
  • Stir until you get a ball of dough. It will be soft.
  • ---all of these parts are super handy to do if you have a mixer!
  • Put the dough on a floured surface. Knead until smooth and stretchy (about 9 minutes) adding in the remaining flour so that the dough isn't sticky.
  • ---if you have a mixer with a dough hook...use it here!
  • Place the dough in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray or coated with oil.
  • Put the bowl in a warm place and cover with a towel (or use my warm water in bowl method above :))
  • Let rise until doubled in size. (about 45 minutes)
  • Punch your down and then cover and wait 5 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into your loaf.
  • Place in loaf pan coated with spray, butter, shortening.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled again (about 45 minutes)
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)
  • Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • if you like...apply a egg or milk wash before baking.