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Basic White Bread

Servings: Makes 2 (9 x 5-inch) loaves
Make this great tasting white bread for your family, and if desired make extra loaves and freeze them for when you need a nice loaf of bread for making sandwiches or toast.

2 packages (4 1/2 tsp./1/2 oz./14g) active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons salt
6-7 cups all-purpose flour

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine yeast and 1/2 cup warm water. Stir until dissolved. Add remaining warm water, butter, sugar and salt. Stir until mixed.

2. Add 6-7 cups of flour and mix* (see note below) until blended. Add enough of the remaining flour until dough forms a smooth ball that is slightly sticky to the touch.

3. Place dough in a large, greased bowl. Cover and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.

4. Punch dough down, divide in half, and shape into loaves. Place loaves into two 9 x 5-inch greased loaf pans and let rise until double in size, about an hour.

5. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 40 minutes.

Use mixer equipped with dough hook.

Makes 2 (9 x 5-inch) loaves.

Source: Recipe adapted from Hamilton Beach
Date: February 22, 2002