This was a slightly sweet, moist, tasty bread. I took the warm water and dissolved the yeast and proofed it for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, I put butter, not margarine, sugar and the salt in a mixing bowl. After the yeast was foamy, I added it to the mixing bowl and gradually added a cup at a time the flour and kneaded it in my KitchenAid mixer till smooth and elasticy. I put it in a greased bowl with a damp cloth and let it rise until doubled, turned it onto a floured cloth, rolled it out to a rectangle, folded it and placed it in a loaf pan and let it rise again and then baked it at 350 for 30 minutes. Wonderful bread!
I've made 4 loaves of this already and it is absolutely wonderful! When you eat this bread, you just know life it good. I doubled the recipe very easily both times I made it. Thank you very much for posting this.
Ok, today I make my first loaf of bread EVER! I will report the results! Kind of surprised by margarine in the recipe. I didn't think anyone used that anymore. I'll use butter.
My normal recipe makes 3 loafs but this time I only wanted one so I thought I would give this recipe a try and modify it slightly and make a sponge starter. In a bowl I added the water, salt, sugars, tbsp flour, and butter (we never use margarine). I mix this very well to make sure that there are no salt particle, then I add the yeast, mix again and then add 1 cup of flour and stir. This I set in closed microwave and let rise until bubbly. After it has risen, I add the remaining flour, first one full cup and then 1/2 cup at a time. The last quarter cup I add when kneading my dough. Then let this rise (covered) in the microwave until double, punch down and form into a loaf and allow to rise and cook as stated. The loaf rose really high (I would say about double the height of the bread pan I was using) and tasted great. I find when making bread using the sponge method allows me to mix in the flour so much easier. I also used bread flour and not all purpose flour. Until recently I had always used all purpose but was in Sam's Club and they had the 20 lb bags of the bread flour and thought I would try it. It really makes a big difference!
it's in the oven now...but i'm not really impressed with the recipe instructions, could have been a little more informative like wait times
Excellent bread! It turned out perfect and tasted even better. Thanks for posting a winner wildheart....
This was my first time baking a loaf of sandwich bread in the oven verses using my bread machine. Mine baked for about 25 minutes. I added 2 tbsp of roasted garlic and a cup of diced Vidalia onion. Amazing! Super soft, light, and very delicious.
Great bread. I actually used it as a base for jalapeno cheddar bread because I couldn't find one I was happy with. Mine only took about 40 minutes to bake, but besides that it was great.
I made this tonight, however I used 1/4 cup of whole milk with the water. I also used butter flavored Crisco. It was FANTASTIC. I will definitely make this again. Also, I made it in my toaster oven. I baked it less than the 50 minutes. Thanks !!! Valerie
Very easy and so very delicious. A family favorite!!