I love this bread recipe that was given to me by my mom, and it has become my go-to recipe when I bake bread. My 5 year old daughter loves helping me make it so it’s something we can do together, and occasionally a baby may be asleep on my back 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!
~Have fresh yeast, make sure it’s not close to expiring.
~The larger bread pans make nice large loaves. (You can get nice, non-foil large pans at the dollar store for around $3 each)
~Don’t rush the rising. If you think it’s not as high as you imagined it would be, give it more time. This goes for yeast rise too!
~Remove bread from pans within 5 minutes or so, you don’t want it sweating in the pans and getting soggy.
~Play with toppings! My favorite is sesame seeds but you can try poppy, sunflower, chai, oats for a few suggestions.
Note: This is a traditional white bread recipe, however you can easily substitute the flour out and make whole wheat bread. It is a bit heavier, so I suggest half whole wheat flour and half multigrain flour if your going that route.
Start your yeast with 2 tablespoons of yeast, 1/4 cup warm water, and 1 tsp sugar. Let rise till foamy and bubbly in a warm spot.
In a large bowl mix:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 can carnation milk
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 tbsp salt
2 cups hot water
Mix all in a bowl and stir until margarine melted. Then add 2 cups cold water. Test on wrist if it’s cool enough (warm but not hot) and then stir in yeast mixture. Add 8 cups of flour stir and mix.
Knead on floured surface. I lay some parchment down for less mess. If dough is sticky, add a bit more flour as you knead or rub a bit of olive oil on hands.
Let rise covered, in a well greased bowl until at least double in size. Punch down and let rise again.
Cut dough to fit your well greased bread pans. You’ll get 3 to 4 loaves depending on size of pan. Shape into pans, cover and rise one last time. Before last rise you can brush with raw egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Let rise well over pans and have oven preheated to 375 F. Put loaves in middle of oven and bake for 35 min. You can make dinner buns or cinnamon rolls with this recipe as well but bake only 25 min if you choose to make buns.