I made her birthday cake and she was so pleased.

Friday, December 12, 2014

White bread

*Makes 2 loaves


3 cups lukewarm water
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon yeast
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon salt
6 - 8 cups all-purpose flour 

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and sugar. Soften 5 minutes. Add the salt and flour starting with 4 cups of flour.  Add the oil.  Mix all together. Knead the dough thoroughly until all ingredients are mixed, and dough is smooth, elastic, very slightly sticky, and pulls away from the bowl (6-10 minutes). As you knead the dough, you may add more flour as needed, and repeat the process until dough reaches the desired consistency.
Cover the bowl of dough with a dish towel or plastic wrap and let rise until double, about 45 minutes.

Punch the dough down, divide and and form into 2 loaves. Place the dough in 2 greased 9 inch bread pans.  Cover and let rise until the top of the dough is an inch or two higher than the bread pans.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Brush tops with melted margarine. Remove the baked loaves from their pans immediately, and place on a cooling rack.
Store in an air-tight bag. Baked loaves AND bread dough freeze well.

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