I finally had a chance to make the bread! I have given the recipe 5 stars because for my first time making bread I am exceedingly pleased with the results! The directions were clear and easy to understand. I made one loaf of white bread and one cinnamon raisin bread. Tastes great and the texture was outstanding. Crusty on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. I like my bread a bit sweeter but that is a personal preference. This recipe was great. Thanks Barbara. I will be trying this recipe again.
I can see why this bread is a blue ribbon winner. I made it this afternoon for our evening meal, and it makes two outstanding loaves. The texture is wonderful and it is so easy to slice. I say this recipe is a must for everyone to try.
I've been searching for a very good white bread recipe. I'll search no more. This is the best bread I've ever eaten, let alone made. I froze one loaf and just got it out last week, it was as good as the day I made it.
I mixed everything in my stand mixer & then played with additions to make the loaves different. I added cinnamon sugar, raisins, & pecans in a swirl to one and red pepper flakes, black olives, and parmesan cheese to the other. I made paninis out of that one. Both loaves are very good. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Made for Pick A Chef Spring '09.
Well, I tried this with my bread maker and thanks to the helpful people that answered my questions, it came out okay. I suggest if you are making this with a bread maker, stop at 3 cups only. I added more and the bread seemed too dense. And I think maybe 2 1/4 tsp. of yeast is too much. The bread rose so high that I had to break down the top to get the pan out! With those few adjustments in mind, I think my next loaf will be a winner.