I’ve been making this bread for years! I honestly can’t even remember where this recipe originated from. That’s how long I’ve been using it! It’s great, because I usually always have the ingredients on hand, & it’s SUPER simple! I made a loaf last night & was sure to take some pictures for y’all. I hope you give this one a try, & hopefully your loaf will come out a little prettier than mine did last night! lol. Here’s what you’ll need –
1 Envelopes of Yeast
2 tsp of Salt
2 Tbsp of Sugar
3 Tbsp of melted Vegetable Shortening
1 ¼ cup of Warm Water
4 cups of Bread Flour
⅓ cup of Non Fat Dry Milk Powder
Here’s what you’ll need to do –
* Preheat your oven to 350 degree F *
1. In a bowl, add the water, sugar, shortening, and yeast. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, or until the yeast has activated. You should be able to smell the yeast, & it should look something like this –
2. Add the flour, milk powder, salt, & the yeast mixture in the bowl of a standing mixer.
3. Fit your mixer with a dough hook.
4. Knead the dough in your mixer for just a few minutes, or until it all comes together.
5. Once it has all come together, take the dough out of the bowl & knead the dough on a floured surface until nice & smooth.
6. Lightly grease a large bowl. Place the dough in the greased bowl & brush the top with a little oil. Cover with plastic wrap.
7. Place in a warm spot & let it rise for about an hour and a half to two hours. (A few years ago, a friend of mine suggested I keep my doughs in my microwave, with the microwave turned off, to let the dough rise. I’ve never looked back! It’s perfect.)
8. Grease a 9×5” loaf pan & set aside.
9. Knead the dough again on a lightly floured surface until it’s nice & smooth. Form it into a loaf, place it in the greased loaf pan (seam side down) & cover it with a kitchen towel. Let it rise again for about another hour or so.
10. Bake your bread in your preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. If you see the bread turning brown too quickly, cover it with a little foil to stop it from getting too dark.
11. Rub the top of the loaf with a very slightly moist piece of paper towel as soon as it comes out of the oven, if you prefer a soft crust on your bread.
12. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
13. Slice & enjoy!!
My loaf came out a little wonky this time around, but it still tastes great! If you try this recipe, let me know how you liked it! Happy baking! Xoxo