Recipe: Easy homemade white/sandwich bread

First, before I share my latest recipe find, I've got to give some MAJOR props to my hubby- he created this lovely new custom blog design for me that officially launched last night.  Doesn't it look nice?  I've been wanting a cleaner, wider layout with more user friendly options for quite some time, and he heard what I was looking for a TAUGHT HIMSELF how to make it happen for me!  Wasn't that sweet of him?  I'm loving it so far, and there are a few more tweaks we are working on to make it even better, like custom recipe finding tools and sort-by-subject tools that should make finding what you're looking for a little easier.  Bear with me over the next few days as we get those tweaks worked out.  Thank you Bran for the beautiful new design, I LOVE it!

Second, I spent last night testing out a recipe I spied on Tasty Kitchen that was just too intriguing not to test.  The recipe has stayed in the Top 5 most popular recipes listed on the site for some time now, and is called The Easiest White Bread Recipe You've Ever Tried.  Seeing as making bread still makes me nervous (as I've only so far tried and gotten a handle on one type) the word easiest was especially attractive ;-)

The recipe makes 4 loaves of bread, but I realized I only had enough yeast for 1/2 a recipe, so I started out with 2 loaves.  Turns out, the bread was in fact quite easy!  I used my food processor to make it, so I'm going to share my food processor version of the recipe below.  If you'd prefer to use a Kitchen Aid or hand method, please use the link above to peruse the original recipe.  This is a great recipe for everyday bread that your family will really enjoy! 


Easiest White Bread You've Ever Tried (adapted for food processor preparation)
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups Warm Water
  • 8 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Yeast
  • 4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 4 teaspoons Salt
  • 7 cups Flour
Preparation:
1.  Add sugar to 1 cup of the warm water (I just use hot steamy water from the tap) and then dissolve yeast in the sugar water. Let sugar/yeast mixture rest until doubled in size.

2.  Pour oil in food processor, add sugar/yeast mixture, rest of water, and salt.


3.  Add flour. With the dough blade, run food processor for 1 minute 3 times, resting for 1 minute between each run to make a soft, not sticky dough. *Tip: You’re done when you touch it, and the bread doesn’t stick to your finger. If it sticks to your finger, add more flour.  Sometimes you’ll use up to 9 cups of flour so don’t be nervous if you use more than 7. It just depends on the day/humidity.

4.  Cut the dough into four equal pieces. Set on greased counter top, cover with towel, and let stand for 15 minutes.

5.  Pound each piece with a wooden spoon for 1 minute (gets the air bubbles out). Massage each piece as you form into loaves and place in greased loaf pans.

6.  Allow to raise until doubled in size. (Tip: Heat a mug of water for 3 minutes in the microwave.  Let dough rise in there with the mug still instead.  The warm moist air will help with the rising)

7.  Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes (19-20 minutes for mini loaves as seen in the picture) or until golden on top. Rub butter on top while warm.  To store, wrap in plastic wrap and place in a zip-top freezer bag.

Recipe makes 4 loaves.

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