Master White Bread Recipe

With this simple white bread recipe you can easily make bread, cinnamon rolls or cinnamon swirl bread (which can then be used for overnight french toast), and sweet rolls.  This bread recipe a great recipe to start out with when trying your hand at yeast breads.  This recipe comes from a compiled cookbook that was put together by my Dad’s church and was given to me as a gift years ago.  The woman who submitted the recipe was Nola McOmie.  I have adapted this recipe and use it to make other breads.

Preheat oven to 400*

4 C. Warm water, about 115*

4 Tbsp. Yeast

4 tsp. Salt

8 Tbsp. Sugar

4 Tbsp. Shortening

7-8 C. Bread flour (you can use all purpose flour here as well, the loaves will be slightly heavier but taste just as good)

Melted butter (if desired)

Dissolve the yeast into 1 C. water and let proof for 5-10 minutes.  Mix 3 C. water, salt, sugar, and shortening together.  Add 4 C. of flour, one cup at a time.  Add the yeast and remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Cut the dough into four pieces and let stand for 15 minutes.  Pound each piece of dough for 1 minute then form into loaves.  Place in greased bread pans and let rise for 30 minutes.  Bake at 400* until golden brown.  Brush the tops of loaves with melted butter for a soft crust and pretty shine.

Options:

Cinnamon Rolls or Cinnamon Swirl Bread:

After making a soft dough, roll the dough out into a long rectangle.  Smother in melted butter and top with sugar, cinnamon (add brown sugar for a little caramel richness).  Roll the rectangle into a log shape and cut to desired size (bread pan size or cinnamon rolls).  For cinnamon swirl bread, rise and bake according to directions.  For cinnamon rolls rise and bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Rolls:

After making a soft dough, divide dough into rolls and pound each piece for 1 minute.  Shape into desired shape (balls, twists, what ever roll shape you like) and bake for about 15 minutes.  Top with melted butter.

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Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM  Comments (2)  

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  1. Do you actually use a thermometer to measure your water temp?

  2. Cherie, you can use a thermometer a time or two to test the temperature of the water, then feel it on your wrist. You should be able to get a pretty good idea of the temp by feel after doing this a couple of times. Let me know how it works for you! Happy Baking! Love ya Sis!


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