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basic white bread

A basic white bread, great for sandwiches.

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Ingredients

           cooking spray


1 23    cups warm (105-110°F) water


1½       tablespoons honey


2¼       teaspoons active dry yeast


5½       cups unbleached, all-purpose bread flour, divided


½         cup nonfat dry powdered milk


4          tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature


2          teaspoons salt


Instructions

Place warm water, honey, and yeast in the Cuisinart™ mixing bowl. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes until mixture is foamy and bubbly. While yeast is proofing, combine 4½ cups bread flour with powdered milk and salt. Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture with the unsalted butter. Insert the dough hook and mix on speed 2 for 2 minutes. Continuing on speed 2, add the remaining flour one tablespoon at a time until a dough ball forms that clings to the dough hook and cleans the sides of the bowl. Set the timer for 4 minutes and the speed to 3 to allow the dough to knead.


Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until volume is doubled.


Lightly coat two 8x4x3-inch loaf pans with unsalted butter or cooking spray. Punch dough to deflate. Divide into 2 equal portions. Shape into loaves and place in prepared pans. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled.


About 15 minutes before baking, preheat oven to 375ºF. Place loaves in preheated oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until break is browned and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from loaf pans and cool on a wire rack.


Bread slices best when allowed to cool completely before cutting. If top of bread is too crispy for your taste, brush with butter for a softer crust.

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Servings

Makes two loaves, about 18 ounces each

Nutritional Information
Per Serving

no nutrition information available

This recipe can be prepared using the following Cuisinart® products:
5.5 Quart Stand Mixer