Is there anything more scrumptious and delicious than fresh, homemade bread just out of the oven? Probably not. I love cooking and baking a variety of different things, but I would have to say that baking bread is by far my favorite! There’s just something about mixing, kneading, flour on the counters (all over you too), rising bread dough, and finally, perfectly browned on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, fluffy, buttery bread. You get the picture. It’s pretty amazing! I will admit that I have worked many, many hours trying to get my bread making skills as close to perfection as I can. I’ve heard many people say that they don’t make bread because it is so difficult and time consuming. While I partially agree, I think that practice makes perfect! The more you make bread, the smoother the process will be. Now,the only part that is time consuming for me, is rising time. If you want light and fluffy bread, you have to let it rise! Please don’t rush this! Be patient, practice, and have fun! Don’t be discouraged if you have a few flops. Just try again. I know you can do it! So here we go!
White Bread – Yields 3 loaves
3 Cups Warm Water
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 TB Yeast
1/4 Cup (1/2 Stick) Very Soft Butter
2 Tsp. Salt
8-9 Cups Flour
Begin by dissolving sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the water and let sit for 10 minutes. In the meantime, crack eggs in small bowl and add butter and eggs. Stir mixture. When the 10 minutes is over, add the egg mixture to the yeast and sugar mixture and combine. Add flour one cup at a time. Add flour until it forms a soft dough, just a little sticky. Turn out onto a clean floured counter or cutting board. Knead dough for 5 – 10 minutes. Oil a large bowl. Shape dough into a ball and place in oiled bowl. Turn dough over, so the top of the dough is also oiled. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. While dough is rising, oil and flour 3 bread loaf pans. When dough has doubled, turn out on counter and separate into 3 equal sections. Gently shape dough into a log shape. Place in loaf pans. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place. Let dough rise another hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pans in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and set the pans on top of the stove to cool. Take a stick of butter and brush across the tops of the still warm loaves. This will give the bread a nice shine. After a few minutes, remove the loaves from the pan and set on cooling rack. Let cool completely.
After this, the only thing left to do is eat it and enjoy! Be sure to share with some friends! They will appreciate it!