Ok so I have made this bread three times in three days - each way just slightly different based on some of the other reviews.
1 - exactly as the instructions say using regular unbleached flour (I buy it from Costco): It was the best bread I've ever made. Instantly became my "go-to" bread recipe. Used the 1.5 size and a medium crust color and it was delish!
2 - again using regular all-purpose unbleached flour, I replaced the shortening with butter - no change in taste that I could discern, but the crust was softer and less crusty.
3 - My personal favorite - I returned to using the shortening instead of butter but I used bread flour (Kroger brand) instead and the taste and texture were significantly improved in my honest opinion - THIS version is now my "go-to" bread recipe - absolutely the best homemade bread I've ever made or had. My daughter cannot get enough of it - she asks for it constantly!
Oh, and in 2 & 3 I did reduce the cook time to the light setting for the crust. My daughter doesn't like her crust "too brown".
I am so glad I found this recipe! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Best bread I've ever made!! I substituted bread flour for ap flour and it turned out great!! It holds up to thin slicing for sandwiches and toast!! Awesome, awesome recipe!! I only used the bread machine for the dough cycle, hate that hole the paddle makes at the bottom of the loaf!!
This is a wonderful bread recipe. I have made it at least 5 times. We use it for everything including sandwich bread! It makes a mean grilled ham and cheese :) <br/>I follow the recipe, except that I add 1 and 1/4 teaspoon of vital gluten. I also add my yeast, sugar and warm water to the bread machine first and let it sit a few minutes until it starts to bubble. Then I add all the other ingredients and set the machine to dough cycle. Once the dough cycle is complete I place the dough on a lightly floured surface and shape it into a loaf. Place it into a greased loaf pan and allow it to rise for about 30 minutes. Then bake in a 350 preheated oven for 30 minutes! We just love it!!! Thanks so much :)
Makes a chewy, crusty loaf with nice flavor. I subbed coconut oil for the shortening and would do so again. Thank you for sharing!
This bread is AWESOME! So light and airy on the inside and crusty outside. I've tried alot of bread machine recipes and this is one of my most favorites. Thanks so much for sharing this! Just a note I set my machine to light crust.
This is a nice and easy French-bread type loaf. I made as directed and enjoyed it very much!
This is an awesome recipe. Everyone loved it. I used the dough cycle and then made 12 good size rolls. Baked at 375 for about 12 minutes. Yumm Will definitely make these again.
This is wonderful bread. The only thing I changed was I used butter instead of shortening. I could very easily sit down and eat the whole loaf myself! I also found that it keeps well. I put the leftover bread in a plastic container and it remained soft the next day. I only had leftovers because I am trying to watch my calories and lose a little weight before vacation hahaha...very very yummy!
Excellent and easy! Used AP Flour, and as another reviewer mentioned, did the water/yeast/sugar for about 5 mins first before putting in the machine. Also used Olive Oil instead of shortening. Came out a bit too crispy/dark - next time I will not use the dark crust setting. Will definitely bookmark this one.
I ran out of bread flour mid recipe, but substituted whole wheat for about 1 cup and it was still soooo good. My bread fell but that could have been a result of the different flour or the warmth/humidity of my kitchen last night, my crock pot was on right next to my bread machine.