- 1/2 cup warm water
- 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon, plus 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 cups warmed milk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 7 to 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Knead for approximately 8 minutes. Shape dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let stand for an hour. Grease two 9" by 5" inch loaf pans. Punch down dough and roll into a 12" by 7" rectangle. Roll up dough from short side, making sure to seal ends and pinch seams. Cover pans and let rise for an hour. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing.
This recipe is one of the easiest I have tried. Even in my kitchen, where bread never wants to rise in the winter, this recipe turns out great. The best part is this bread is simple enough that someone who has never baked any type of bread, would be completely comfortable baking it. A great simple, homemade bread!
Adapted from Good Housekeeping Home for the Holidays page 98.