Fluffy White Bread (Bread Machine)

"My husband loves Wonderbread, but we were looking for something a little healthier. After trial and error, I came up with this recipe, which is a variation of a recipe that I found on a flour bag. It's soft, fluffy, light and most importantly, much healthier than store-bought bread! Don't omit the gluten flour - that's what gives it its fluffiness! This can be done in either the bread machine or by hand. I do a combination of both - knead the dough and let rise in the bread machine, and then take it out, put it into a greased loaf pan and let rise the second time, then into the oven."
 
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Ready In:
2hrs 20mins
Ingredients:
7
Yields:
1 loaf
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ingredients

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directions

  • Proof yeast in water.
  • For bread machine - place all ingredients in order directed by your bread machine and process.
  • By hand - combine all and knead until elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise for an hour. Punch down. Place in a greased loaf pan, cover and let rise another 20 minutes. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or so.

Questions & Replies

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  1. beckervicki
    We have recently made this bread several times. The first couple of loaves did not rise well, it might have been our yeast was not good, though it was not expired. Now we have used instant rise yeast and followed maker's instructions for using the instant rise. We baked the loaf for twenty minutes and it was not done..and the top of loaf was starting to sink slighty. Then, after we noticed the sinking, we very quickly tested the temp at about 140 degrees. We cooked the loaf a total of about 35 minutes. Oven is six months old and haven't had any other temp/timing issues with it. The bread golden brown and was 190 degrees inside. It was picture perfect, except for the sunken top. It tastes delicious. And, this recipe is surely a keeper. does anyone have any ideas on how to prevent the sunk top issues. opened the door and temp tested with a thermot
     
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Reviews

  1. kleahmaki
    Today I picked this recipe to try because:<br/>1) it looked easy,<br/>2) it had nice clear instructions, description and note by the chef, and<br/>3) it had a five-star review.<br/>After making the bread and it turning out PERFECT on the first try, I noticed that there were just two people who wrote in about it! <br/>Well, I have to add a review so no one passes this by in favor of another recipe that many people have weighed in on!<br/>This recipe is deserving of all five stars... soooo easy, soooo yummy. <br/>Thanks for posting it, chef Mellie.
     
  2. Nicest of the damned
    This bread rocks! I've made it twice now, once exact to recipe and a second time using 1/2 whole wheat flour and honey instead of sugar. Both loaves baked up big and soft and fluffy. Thanks for sharing, you've helped me achieve my goal of finding a bread recipe that I could use instead of buying it from the store. Oh did I mention it lasts for days in a green bag? And its as good on the last day as it is on the first.
     
  3. Anderson.sara
    This a great recipe for a basic white bread, I can't wait to add some wheat flour next time. I put all the ingredients in my bread machine liquids first, and set to dough. After it was done I poured it into a loaf pan (looking for perfect sandwich bread for kids) and let it rise 20 minutes, then baked it. It turned out beautifully. It is perfect bread for sandwiches and very fluffy as promised.
     
  4. Sassy J
    Great basic bread recipe with that wonderful homey flavor. The top sank some but that didn't bother us. Ate every crumb.
     
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  1. Nicest of the damned
    This bread rocks! I've made it twice now, once exact to recipe and a second time using 1/2 whole wheat flour and honey instead of sugar. Both loaves baked up big and soft and fluffy. Thanks for sharing, you've helped me achieve my goal of finding a bread recipe that I could use instead of buying it from the store. Oh did I mention it lasts for days in a green bag? And its as good on the last day as it is on the first.
     

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