AMENDED: We had the bread for dinner tonight and I'm changing my ranking to 5 stars. WOW! Light and airy. The bread, if cut when cool with a good bread knife, does not fall apart or crumble. My son had 3 slices! It is very good. I will make this again and again and again.
First review: Since the bread is in the oven right now, I'm not sure how the finale will be. However...I'm perplexed to read how some reviewers couldn't get a rise from the dough. No sooner did I get the dough in the oiled bowl, and it started to rise. It doubled in less than an hour. My son, my daughter and I all tasted the dough before I put four loaves in oiled bags to freeze, and two more in loaf pans for a second rise. The dough was nicely flavored, not too sweet and not at all flat. The two loaves rose nicely in the pan in less than an hour. For both rises, I covered the dough with plastic wrap and set it on my counter. As I peek in the oven now, I see two gorgeous lightly golden fluffy loaves of bread baking away, which smell amazing! Other recipes I've tried on this site don't always work. My best advice...use fresh yeast! I get Fleishmann's active dry yeast and keep the jar in my fridge. Bread never fails with fresh yeast. Thank you for the recipe! I think this will be another family favorite.
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AMENDED: We had the bread for dinner tonight and I'm changing my ranking to 5 stars. WOW! ...