Bread, especially white bread, forms an important part of the staple diet in a large number of countries across the world. It is made from wheat flour, from which the bran and, often, the germ have been removed. Since the flour used for making white bread is often bleached, the bread lasts for much more time than its whole wheat i.e. brown counterpart. Now, after you know all the major facts about white bread, let me ask - have you ever tried making white bread at home? No? Then, I advise you to do so now. The aroma of freshly baked bread will be enough to make your mouth water. In case you are completely unaware as to how to make white bread, the instructions given here will come handy.
Homemade White Bread Recipe
- ½ cup Lukewarm Water
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1½ cups Warm Milk
- 1 tbsp Sugars
- 2 tbsp Vegetable Oils
- 5-6 cups Bread Flour
- 1 tbsp Dry Yeast
- Half-fill a cup with lukewarm water and sprinkle the yeast over it. Set it aside for some time.
- Take a large bowl and put salt, sugar, and 5 cups flour in it. Mix the ingredients thoroughly together.
- Now, add milk, oil and yeast mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir the ingredients, first with spoon and later with hands.
- Keep on stirring the mixture, till the time the dough starts to come away from the sides of the bowl.
- Lightly flour a clean surface and take out the dough on it. Keep on kneading it for the next 10-15 minutes. If you feel that dough is sticky, add some more flour. Knead the dough into a ball.
- Lightly coat a clean bowl with vegetable oil. Put the dough ball in this bowl and turn it once, so that its top gets oiled as well.
- Use a plastic wrap to cover the bowl containing the dough. Now, place it in a warm place and leave for sometime.
- Check on the dough after somewhere around 45 minutes. If it has risen to roughly double its original size, get on with the next step. Otherwise, leave it for some more time.
- Take out the dough on the floured surface once again and punch it nicely. Now, divide it into two equal pieces and let it rest for five minutes.
- Making use of your hands, roll each piece of dough into a thick cylinder. Make sure that it is a little longer than your bread pan.
- In this step, you have to compress the dough to the length of the pan, applying pressure through the heels of your hands.
- Oil the bread pans and put the loaves inside, making sure that the sides of the loaves, especially the short ones, touch the sides of the pan.
- Cover the bread pans with a kitchen towel and keep them at a warm place, to let the dough rise.
- Check on the dough after around 35-40 minutes. If it has risen to roughly double its original size, get on with the next step. Otherwise, leave it for some more time.
- Place the bread pans in the oven and bake at 400 degrees F, for approximately 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and let the bread cool on wire racks.