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Dan's Old Fashioned White Bread

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"This is a rich, old-fashioned white bread I've improved on from my grandmother. It is a must to make several batches because this bread just disappears around people."

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Original recipe makes 2 9x5-inch loaves Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    3 hrs 35 mins


  1. Pour milk in a heatproof bowl, and gently warm in a microwave oven set on Low until milk is about 100 degrees F (38 degrees C), about 15 seconds. Mix in the sugar and honey, and stir to dissolve. Mix in the yeast, and let stand until the yeast activates and forms a creamy layer on the milk, about 15 minutes.
  2. Place 4 cups of bread flour and the salt into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer; pour in the yeast mixture, and mix on slow speed with a mixing paddle until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute; dough will be very wet. Add the butter, and mix in the remaining 2 cups of bread flour, or as needed, until the dough begins to gather itself into a ball. Change the fitting from the mixing paddle to a dough hook, and machine-knead the dough until smooth and springy, about 4 minutes.
  3. Transfer the dough onto a well-floured work surface, and knead until you see the surface of the dough begin to break during folding and kneading. Roll dough into a ball, and place into a lightly floured large bowl. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, and set into a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Spray 2 9x5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
  5. Punch down the dough, remove to the floured surface, and knead for 2 more minutes; cut the dough in half with a sharp knife. Form the dough into logs, adding more flour if necessary, and place the loaves into the sprayed pans. Cover the pans with a kitchen towel, and place into a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 more hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  7. Place the bread loaves into the preheated oven, and turn the heat down to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake until the tops are golden brown and the loaves make a hollow sound when thumped, about 25 minutes. Cool the pans on baking racks for about 5 minutes before turning the bread loaves out to finish cooling on racks. Cover the loaves with a kitchen towel as they cool.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 13, 2012

I proofed the yeast in the bowl of my Kitchen Aid with the warm milk and sugar for ten minutes, then added the honey, the melted butter and the dry ingredients. I did use part whole wheat flour. I did need almost 1/4 of a cup more flour than the recipe called for to get it to form into a ball and jump on the hook. I kneaded the dough with the dough hook for five minutes. Once it was done kneading, I set it to rise in a covered, greased bowl on a warm heating pad until it doubled. I then used my 1/2 cup dry measuring cup to measure out balls, rolled them tight, and plopped them into 12 greased muffin tins. I let it sit on the warm heating pad covered with saran wrap for a half hour, then baked it at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Out of the oven, I brushed each roll with vegetable oil to make a soft top. I got twelve GINORMOUS rolls out of this recipe (I made them bigger so that I would not have to use two muffin tins), instead of two loaves. This bread recipe is quite good. I was worried that the amount of yeast might not be enough but it rose perfectly and still made one of the biggest rolls I've ever seen. This bread IS a little on the sweet side, if you're looking for a more savory-yeasty roll, this may not be for you. My whole family loved it, it paired nicely with Potato Soup. I'll make this again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 06, 2015

The dough will not rise! I make bread about every other day and I've never had this problem. I've even added more yeast to the recipe without luck; so sad.

Sep 02, 2011

This was my first time making bread. The recipe worked well and the bread was very good. Be careful with the baking time. I needed about five additional minutes. I will do it again, by the way, my wife loved it.

Aug 21, 2011

Somewhat too sweet and white for me. I lost the sugar and replaced 1 cup of bread flour with 1 cup whole wheat flour. To the poster who had to increase the time, I use a dial type meat thermometer and look for 200F. Also, oven temperature accuracy is quite varied, get a $3 thermometer that hangs from your rack, soon you'll just know how much you need to increase or decrease the dial.

Aug 20, 2011

I cut this recipe in half to only make one loaf. The entire family loved it. It is a nice hearty bread.

Aug 24, 2011

It is really good and it definitely disappears fast. So maybe I need a bigger mixer to do two batches..hahhahaha

Sep 21, 2012

This is a nice, slightly sweet basic white bread recipe which is exactly what I was looking for. I did make a change using dry milk and water in place of the milk. I'm just not a huge fan of the heating/cooling thing with the milk and prefer to just get the water at the right temp from the get go. It's a laziness thing (or just efficiency) I'm sure. I did this in my KA mixer. Tossed in the water, yeast and a little of the sugar, let it foam (maybe 10 mins) and then added everything else except the final cup of flour. Put the dough hook on and let the KA do all the work. When it comes together, I add the final flour a little at a time until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Once its good, I let it knead for me on speed 2 for about 7 minutes. Then you can pick up in about the middle of step 3 here.

Sep 12, 2011

Great bread for a baking beginner like me! I forgot the sugar, but with the honey it turned out to be plenty sweet. The only problems I had while making this bread were due to my own mess ups. A great bread recipe for those just starting out baking!


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  • Calories
  • 265 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.9 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 7.4 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 180 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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