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4 hrs 40 mins
When I first starting making bread, I thought putting shortening on my hands would help in kneading. I was wrong! I wound up kneading the bread in the air. So I read everything about bread making I could, and after using a lot of recipes, I made bread that won the blue ribbon in the State Fair. Although I have written the recipe to use dry yeast, I use compressed yeast, if I can find it. The temperature for compressed yeast is 85 degrees. I also use this basic white bread to make cinnamon-raisin, herb, and sun-dried tomato basil. This recipe was not intended for use in a bread machine, as it makes 2 loaves. I do sift the flour before measuring, which makes it light. Since the excitement of the Blue Ribbon Recipes on the Zaar, a lot of people have asked me questions. I am trying to answer them by tweaking my recipe, and adding comments here at the top. Someone asked if they had to use "shortening". I don't think there are too many musts... Today, I made one of the two loaves with about 1/2 cup of Calamata Olives (pitted and cut into small pieces), and about 3 ounces of a shredded three cheese blend (Parmesan, Asiago, & Romano), it was awesome. My 8 year old granddaughter could not get enough! Next time, I will try to use olive oil with this combination.
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- 1Sprinkle dry yeast in warm (110 degrees) water.
- 2Scald milk (150 degrees) in sauce pan, then remove from heat.
- 3Add sugar, salt, and shortening to the milk.
- 4Cool to lukewarm.
- 5Add yeast/water mixture and 2 cups of sifted flour and beat with hand mixer on lowest speed.
- 6Stir in 2 to 3 more cups of flour. (I use my wooden spoon for this).
- 7When dough becomes too stiff to stir, turn out onto well floured surface.
- 8Knead until smooth and satiny, and "blisters" start to appear. (10 minutes). During this step, I keep the kneading surface well floured to prevent the dough from becoming sticky. Depending upon the temperature and humidity, more or less flour becomes incorporated into the dough. I have found that this is fine. The dough seems to know how much flour it needs. I am sure sometimes I add another full cup! Since this is all sifted flour, it is probably not as much as it seems. When the dough has enough flour, it stops "taking it in", and becomes very smooth and elastic.
- 9Shape into a ball.
- 10Put into large greased bowl, turning over to coat entire surface.
- 11Cover with warm damp towel, then place another towel over that.
- 12Put in oven (not lit) with light on, or other warm, not drafty place.
- 13Let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
- 14Punch down. (this step is a light kneed in the bowl).
- 15Let rise again until doubled. (about 45 minutes).
- 16Divide dough into 2 pieces and shape each into a ball placing on floured surface.
- 17Cover and let bread rest (proof) for 10 minutes.
- 18Grease 2 loaf pans (I use 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 glass pans).
- 19Flatten balls, one at a time, into long rectangles about 8x16 inches.
- 20Roll up lengthwise shaping into loaves to fit pan.
- 21Cover and let rise again until double. (about an hour).
- 22Bake in hot (400°F) oven for 35 - 40 minutes, covering with foil last 20 minutes, if tops get too brown.
- 23When bread is done, remove from pans at once, placing on a wire rack to cool, keeping away from drafts.
- 24For soft crust, brush tops with butter and cover with a damp cloth.
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Nutritional Facts for Blue Ribbon White Bread
Serving Size: 1 (33 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 40
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 81.8
- Calories from Fat 8
- Total Fat 0.9 g
- Saturated Fat 0.3 g
- Cholesterol 1.7 mg
- Sodium 122.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 15.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
- Sugars 0.6 g
- Protein 2.4 g