I used to wake up in the morning, in the house that was filled with the lovely smell of baking bread thanks to my bread-baking machine. I don’t have the machine any more and I bake bread using the oven. But this ‘Basic White Bread’ recipe is always same. For the machine, I had to use water or water & powdered milk. I baked this bread so many times, I know the recipe by heart.
1 Medium Size Loaf
Warm Milk OR Warm Water 1 & 1/4 cup
Sugar 1 tablespoon
Dry East 2 teaspoons
Bread Flour 3 cups
Salt 1 teaspoon
Butter (*melted) OR Olive Oil 1 tablespoon
Place Warm Milk (OR Warm Water), Dry Yeast and Sugar in a bowl, mix gently and set aside.
Place Bread Flour and Salt in a large heat-proof bowl, and mix to combine. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast mixture and Butter (OR Olive Oil). Mix well to form a soft dough. Knead for 2 to 3 minutes, adding extra flour if required, until smooth and elastic.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
After 1 hour, punch down the dough slightly. Divide the dough in half, and make them into balls then place in a lightly greased loaf tin. (*Dividing process is probably not necessary, but I do this always.) Set aside in a warm place for 1/2 to 1 hour or until doubled. Preheat oven to 180℃.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.