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Who doesn’t LOVE homemade bread?! Who has time to make it? Yeah, that’s what I thought. So here’s the solution: my Easiest White Bread Recipe You Ever Tried. You’ll be enjoying homemade bread in no time. It’s soft but substantive & your house will smell like heaven. Your family will love you. Your neighbors will love you. It’s true. All that (and more) will come, if you make this bread. Cross my heart.
Makes 4 large loaves or 20 mini loaves
Add sugar to 1 cup of the warm water (I just use hot steamy water from the tap) and then dissolve yeast in the sugar water. Let sugar/yeast mixture rest until doubled in size.
Pour oil in bowl, add sugar/yeast mixture, rest of water, and salt.
Add flour 2-3 cups at a time. Knead (a gentle massage) to make a soft, not sticky dough. *Tip: You’re done kneading if when you touch it, the bread doesn’t stick to your finger. If it sticks to your finger, add more flour.
Sometimes you’ll use up to 9 cups of flour so don’t be nervous if you use more than 7. It just depends on the day, how much flour I use.
(If you’re making this is a Bosch or KitchenAide mix on level 2 speed with the bread hook for about 6 minutes).
Cut the dough into four equal pieces. Set on greased counter top, cover with towel, and let stand for 15 minutes.
Pound each piece with a wooden spoon for 1 minute (gets the air bubbles out). Massage each piece as you form into loaves and place in greased loaf pans.
Allow to raise until doubled in size. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes (19-20 minutes for mini loaves as seen in the picture) or until golden on top. Rub butter on top while it’s warm.
To store, wrap in plastic wrap and place in a zip-top freezer bag. Our favorite uses for this bread are: butter-slathered toast, french toast, grilled cheese, and gifts for the neighbors.