By Gay Gilmore on May 17, 2001
Photo by Breezytoo
Photo by Breezytoo
Serving Size: 1 (97 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
"I just prepared it, today. The bread turned out great. I don't know if its the climate, but I didn't have to put in the last half of cup of flour for the two loaves. They both rose beautifully and the second rising was huge and fluffy. I have to say, the consistency is quite nice and great for sandwich bread. Thanks for sharing such a simple recipe.
I used my Kitchen Aid with a dough hook. I did notice that I had to intermittently use my hands to kneed just like the recipe called for. It is unusual to add salt later and the butter last. I just went along with it as strange and as unusually elastic and seemingly stiff or rubbery as the dough seemed. So, I was a bit worried.
But, to my amazement, after the first rising as it doubled in size, the dough was relaxed and easy to work with just like other more complicated white bread recipes I've worked with, for example; The Joy of Cooking recipe book, which calls for more sugar or eggs, etc. Because I wanted to use a 5'11" bread pan, I only had one... I wrapped the other half of the bread dough in saran wrap and put it in the freezer temporarily to stop it from rising until I finished baking the first loaf. After I was ready to run errands and do the second loaf, it warmed up to room temp and rose just as good as the first loaf.
I am saving one finished loaf in the freezer, now and the other one we will slice into during dinner, tonight. Thanks for posting the recipe."
"I make this all the time. It is awesome and with Julia, you can't lose!"
"OMG, this bread is wonderful! It came out golden, honey-colored, nice, crisp outside crust, and best of all, has great taste! Loved working with this dough. Didn't need to put in additional flour, at all, after I added the butter. The mixer whipped it right back into shape, pretty as you please! Most definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing, Gay Laudee C."
"Great bread recipe! I also used a mixer with a dough hook. Do not be put off by adding the softened butter at the end of the recipe.. Just keep mixing and it will eventually come back together again.<br/>My husband prefers homemade bread to store bought..easy and simple ingredients. Thanks!"
"If I could I would give this bread much more than 5 stars it's that good. Thank You for posting this great recipe. This one will be in my files for a very long time, thank you again"
"Just wanted to add my thanks for the great recipe."
"I DO NOT have a bread maker, or any kitchen machines (other then a blender and a hand mixer). I did this from front to back with my hands and both times it turned out perfect! I also used less butter just to save money (about 3/4 of a stick) and it was still great."
"Be super careful if you edit the servings size for this recipe. I cut it down to one loaf, but the instructions didn't update. I'm more than confident that not knowing that the measurements didn't change in the body of the instructions is going to screw up the whole recipe."
"This bread is so good! The loaves are the same size as the store. I love this recipe, but I do feel like I should say it tastes like biscuits. Its so good, and I know will make great grilled cheese and sandwiches. I will never buy store bread again."
"I'm clearly in the minority here, but I dislike this recipe. There's something to be said for bread that rises/ferments for longer periods of time - the resulting fermentation and enzyme/bacteria activity produces a deeper flavor, which isn't possible to attain in a quick-rising bread like this one. It was okay, but the flavor was extremely flat. I love Julia Child, but this one's a miss for me."
"First attempt at making white bread at home today, and it is WONDERFUL! Super easy to work with, two beautiful loaves of bread - hubby is definitely impressed :)"
"Delicious. I made one loaf and then used the other half for cinnamon buns."
"Very good recipe. I don't have a mixer with a dough hook, so I divided the dough into two batches, and put each batch into the food processor to work everything together a bit. After doing that with both batches, I finished kneading the dough by hand. This bread had a very nice texture, and would be good for both toast and sandwiches."
"Excellent Bread. Easy to make. I used the kitchaid mixer. Sweet, buttery and light bread!
I will make again. Thanks Gay Gilmore."
"I've never baked anything in my life, and I made this Friday night, and it came out great! I only made one loaf, and it got inhaled, so I made the full batch of two loaves today. We made BLT's for lunch with the bread, and it was fabulous. We will never buy bread at the store again!"
"I made the bread this morning and it turned out wonderful.I use my mom's 60 yr.old mixer and let it do all the kneading and it was very easy to make.The bread came out perfect.I will be using this recipe fro.m now on.Thank you for posting and thank you Julia Child"
"I don't have a mixer, so had to knead the old fashioned way. Once I introduced the butter, the dough was slip sliding away, and it was a fun challenge to stay with it each tablespoon until it did, indeed, come back together. It baked beautifully, and my daughter and I enjoyed a warm loaf with our pasta tonight. Thansk Julia!"
"This is the best white bread ever!! I have a stand-up mixer and started out using the dough hooks; however, by the time I put the 7th cup of flour in, my dough had "rode" all the way up the dough hooks and was starting to take over my mixer. I looked at the mess in disbelief. I then finished mixing by hand mixing the softened butter by hand and kneading until smooth and able to be shaped into a ball. The bread still turned out WONDERFUL! It was worth all the trouble. I will definitely be making this bread again. I did made 3 loaves instead of 2."
"I've made this bread 3 times so far and it always turns out perfect exactly as written. (I use a stand mixer) I've never had to add more flour like I usually do with most bread recipes. It has an excellent crumb and very good flavor. I've used it for sandwiches, toast, and french toast. The only thing that I do differently is to split the dough into 3 loaves instead of 2. When I did 2 the first time, the loaves were HUGE on top!"