The best basic bread I've tried yet. I didn't have any bread flour so I used half white whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour and added to that about 4 tsp. wheat gluten. For those of you who don't have a bread machine: heat the milk in a saucepan until it reaches 115 degrees F (the liquid in yeast breads should be 105-115), then mixed it with the yeast and sugar. Let sit for 10 min, or until foamy. Mix with flour and salt. Add the egg and margarine (I used a mixture of canola oil and butter, 50/50). Stir until dough *sort of* comes together. Dump dough out onto a floured counter; knead a few times, or until dough comes together. Let rise in the mixing bowl for 1 hour. (I cover the bowl with a damp towel I heated in the microwave.) Preheat oven to 350 F. Check the dough; it should be doubled in size. When poked, it should leave a nice indentation of your finger, not spring back. Gently dump the dough out on the counter and gently shape. Place in a greased (I used metal) bread pan (I think it was a 9x5) and bake for 30-32 minutes. Take out of pan. Let cool for 5 minutes (if at all possible; I didn't because my mouth was watering) and slice. This bread was fabulous. I didn't really change the ingredients at all (except the flour), just the instructions. Thank you for a great recipe!
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The best basic bread I've tried yet. I didn't have any bread flour so I used half white whole...