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The Best Bread Recipe Ever

This is (in my humble opinion) the best (and easiest!) bread recipe out there!  It's a slightly modified version of my great Grandma Frieda's recipe that my mom passed down to me.  Don't be intimidated by a yeast bread- I know you can make this!  And, your family will love you ;-)

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Author Melinda Donley

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp yeast or use 2 packets
  • 2 c water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 c white all purpose flour
  • 4-4 1/2 c white wheat flour Regular whole wheat flour can be used, but it will make your bread darker and "wheatier"!

Instructions

  1. Heat water to fairly warm (this means hot to the touch, but not so hot it's uncomfortable to the touch- definitely don't boil it!).  Put in mixer.  Add the yeast and the sugar.  Stir to mix it.  Let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve the yeast and begin the activation process.  Next add the flour (start with 6 total cups), egg and salt.  Mix together on low.  Add more flour if dough seems sticky.  Dough will be the right consistency when it does not stick to the sides of your mixing bowl.  Knead for 10 minutes (this may be done by hand, but I prefer using my mixer!).  Cover bowl and let the dough raise for approximately 1 hour.  Depending on the weather and the temperature in your home, this raising time may need to be shortened or lengthened.  While you're waiting, spray your bread pans with cooking spray.  After 1 hour, punch down dough and shape into loaves.  Put the loaves (there will be two from this recipe) into the bread pans.  Cover with a tea towel (I prefer these because they're thinner and bigger than a regular kitchen towel).  Let raise in pans for about 30 minutes.  Same rules as before- this may need to be shortened or lengthened depending on the weather and your house.  You may also do a "quick" raise that my aunt taught me- put the loaves in a warm 170 degree oven for 15 minutes and this will have basically the same effect as a slow raise on the counter.  After the loaves have risen, put them in a 350-375 degree oven for about 25 minutes.  If you like a darker crust, leave them in a few minutes longer.  You can also use this dough to make dinner rolls- just shape them into rolls instead of loaves, heat your oven up to 400 degrees and only bake for 15 minutes.  See- easy, I tell ya!