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Single Loaf Weekly White Bread: We’ve Replaced Your Bread’s Chemicals with Flavor – Let’s See If You Notice…

August 26, 2012
Finished Loaf with Egg Wash

Who has time to make bread?  You do! No, really. Stop laughing and keep reading. You don’t even need a bread machine. Dust off your trusty mixer and take 15 minutes to make a good loaf of chemical and preservative free bread for this week’s sandwiches. Or shape the dough into 12 rolls for an accompaniment to this weeks weeknight meals.

This recipe makes 1 loaf because for me, without the preservatives, we don’t eat it fast enough… so the second loaf just goes bad. If you have a large brood than by all means make two loaves.

So this is a super simple recipe that involves very little prep. I do this most Sundays to make bread for the week.

White Bread Ingredients

White Bread Ingredients


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 -1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 cups (give or take) of bread flour
Yeast Just Starting To Activate

Yeast Just Starting To Activate

Proof Your Yeast Until It Foams

Proof Your Yeast Until It Foams

Microwave water for 30 to 45 seconds, should be warm to the touch but NOT scalding because that will kill the yeast. Pour yeast in your electric mixers bowl. Cover with water and honey. Stir gently to dissolve honey and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy. If your mixture doesn’t foam, get new yeast and start over. This process is called proofing. Not only does it let you know if your yeast is alive and kicking but it also reinvigorates it which gets it ready to rise in your baked good.

Now dump in salt, butter, milk and 1-1/2 cups flour. Use your dough hook attachment to combine. You’ll have a thick paste. Now dump in more flour a half cup at a time until the dough is elastic and doesn’t stick to your finger when gently poked, this should take around 3 cups. Your mixer bowl will be clean when the dough is ready.

Dough Being Kneaded By Mixer

Dough Being Kneaded By Mixer

Dough Cleans Bowl when Ready for Kneading

Dough Cleans Bowl when Ready for Kneading

Dough Coming Together

Dough Coming Together

Turn up your mixer to medium and let the dough hook knead the dough for 5 minutes.

After kneading, remove the dough and dough hook. Spray your mixer bowl with non-stick spray or butter. Place dough back in bowl and lightly cover the dough in non-stick spray or butter. Cover the bowl and keep in a warm place free from drafts until the dough doubles in size, approximately 45 minutes.

Punch the dough down and shape into a loaf. Place dough in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise again until the loaf pan is full, approx 25 minutes.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Bake less time if you choose to make rolls. You can brush with an egg wash for a nice shiny brown crust.

Finished Loaf with Egg Wash

Finished Loaf with Egg Wash

Now try not to eat it all while it’s warm and aromatic… I know it’s hard!

A few notes:

  • You can use oil or melted shortening for the butter.
  • You can use salted or unsalted butter.
  • You can use all-purpose flour, just use half a cup more and knead longer to build up more gluten; even so, your bread won’t be as chewy.
  • You can omit the milk and replace with water.
  • The egg wash is completely aesthetic.
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