Sunday, September 23, 2007

Southern White Bread

2 pkgs yeast (2 T)
2 1/2 cups warm water
3 T butter, melted
3 T sugar
2 tsp salt
5-6 cups bread flour

In a large mixing bowl, combine yeast and water; let proof for 5 minutes. Add butter, sugar and salt, and blend well. Gradually add flour and mix with wooden spoon until dough is sticky.

Transfer to a floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Gather dough into a ball, place in greased bowl, turning to coat all sides, cover with a damp towel and let rise until double, about 1 hour.

Punch down dough, let rest 15 minutes. Divide in half, shape each half into a loaf, place in greased loaf pan and let rise again until doubled, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing.

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