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Farmer's Bread Recipe
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Farmer's Bread

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"A big loaf of this simple white bread will satisfy the most hungry farmer. City folks will love it too!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 3 pound loaf Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of flour and salt. Cut in the butter and stir in the yeast mixture. Beat in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Butter a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into a large oval loaf. Place onto the prepared pan. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. When the loaf is risen, cut a 1/2 inch deep cross onto the top of it. Brush the top with water before baking.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until bottom of loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool on a wire rack before slicing.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 11, 2003

This bread was very easy to make! I have been making my own bread for some time now....and this is a wonderful recipe. It helps to put a pan of boiling water on the rack UNDER the rack the bread is on. It makes a nice chewy crust, with warm soft bread on the inside! Thanks for sharing this receipe:)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 11, 2003

This bread was yummy, but not as wonderful as I was expecting. It was my first time making bread, so it's possible that I did something wrong! Tastes great with honey drizzled on top.

Apr 11, 2003

As a first time bread maker I found this recipe very easy to use. The bread was wonderful - great for sandwiches! Excellent!!

Jan 21, 2007

This is an easy recipe, with guananteed results. I do add 2 tsp. sugar, and melt the butter instead of cutting it in, and it tastes terrific. I love that it has no milk in it, and since I've made this several times I can honestly say it's always cames out great. Nothing worse than bread that doesn't rise, and that just doesn't happen here. Thanks!!

Apr 11, 2003

This was my first project, and I'm a novice bread-maker...I found the recipe simple, easy to follow, a bit more time consuming than the times given, but it delivered a massive, wonderfully textured very glad to have found the recipe!

Apr 11, 2003

WONDERFUL! My family loved this bread, from the 2yr old to my husband. It was much easier than other recipes I have tried and it came out great. Even with 3 small children underfoot. If you haven't tried it yet, you should.

Sep 16, 2003

I tried it only once as just gifts and everybody offered to actually buy it from me!!

Mar 07, 2005

Texture-wise, its wonderful! With a crisp crust and fluffy inside. But like others mentioned, its kinda bland. I did add 2 tbsp of sugar like someone suggested, but... I also doubled the quantity of salt. Reckon it would taste pretty good


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  • Calories
  • 295 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 52.1 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 7.5 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 232 mg
  • 9%

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

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