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Baking intimidates some people, and baking with yeast intimidates even more. But if you can master a few simple recipes you will see that yeast recipes can be your best friend! Because once you get the hang of it, your options of homemade baked goods are endless! And there is nothing better than freshly baked bread!!
The recipe below can just as easily be made with whole wheat flour if you prefer.
Basic White Bread (makes 2 loaves)
Place milk, sugar, salt and butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cool to lukewarm.
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Add lukewarm milk mixture and 4 1/2 cups flour. Stir with wooden spoon until combined.
Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until dough clings to itself.
Place dough onto floured surface and kneed until smooth and elastic.
Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Punch dough down and divide in half.
Shape each half into a loaf and place in a greased loaf pan.
Cover with tea towels and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pans. Continue to let cool on wire racks.