Easy Everyday Bread Recipe

1 and 1/4 cup warm water
2 tbsp softened butter
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp powdered milk
2 cups white bread or plain flour
1 1/4 cup wholewheat bread flour
1½ tsp yeast

Whisk together yeast, water and ½ tbsp sugar. Keep aside for 2 minutes. In a deep bowl, add the flour, salt, rest of the sugar, milk powder and butter. Slowly add the water, and knead to a soft dough. Add a little more water if too dry, or a little more flour if too wet.

Note: If you have a bread machine, just add all the ingredients in the listed order, and set your machine to the dough cycle. It saves a lot of time and washing up! If you do this, skip the step below.

Roll the dough in a ball, pop into a greased bowl, and keep in a warm place to rise to almost ½ of its original size, preferably double. This usually takes about ½ - 1 hour.

Take out the risen dough, punch down, knead again for 2 minutes or so. Then shape the dough into a cigar shape, and pop into a greased loaf tin. Leave in a warm place again for 1 hour to rise (or you can heat the oven to its lowest setting, and put the tin in the oven, like I do, I feel it makes the bread rise better)

Once the dough has risen again to fill the tin, roughly 3/4 its size, turn up the heat in the oven to 175 C or 350 F, and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until the crust is a lovely golden brown colour.

Take out of the oven, and brush a little melted butter on top. Take out of the tin, and let cool on a rack of some sort. You can cut it while it’s still warm (it will be slightly crumbly, but delicious), but if you’re freezing it, make sure it’s completely cold before putting in the freezer. Don't wrap it up before its completely cold.

Recipe from: http://foodfootballandababy.blogspot.com/
Author: Michelle Peters - Jones
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