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Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread

"'WE BAKED at least two batches of bread each week for our family of six. We also spent hours (or so it seemed) churning the butter to spread on it, which we especially loved to do while it was still warm. Fried chicken never tasted quite as good without homemade bread-and-butter sandwiches.'"
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50 m servings
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  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar, salt and shortening; stir until dissolved. Add half the flour; beat until smooth and the batter sheets with a spoon. Mix in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough that cleans the bowl. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours. Punch dough down. Cover and let rise again for 30 minutes.
  2. Divide dough into four parts and shape into loaves. Place in four greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and allow to cool on wire racks.


  • If Cooking for Two: Wrap and freeze whole or sliced breads.
  • Diabetic Exchanges: One serving (1 slice) equals 1 starch; also, 93 calories, 70 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 18 gm carbohydrate, 3 gm protein, 1 gm fat.

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This recipe is fabulous! I didn't have shortening so I used unsalted butter, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. Very soft, with a crispy crust. My husband couldn't stop tellin...

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I made half the recipe, followed the directions to the T. I used 4 small bread pans instead. After baking and tops golden brown and crispy, the middle was too moist. The taste to me was bland...

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This recipe is fabulous! I didn't have shortening so I used unsalted butter, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. Very soft, with a crispy crust. My husband couldn't stop tellin...

This is a VERY good bread recipe. If you make a lot of home made bread or use yeast often, you can save a lot of money by buying it in bulk at natural food stores, or even at Sam's. I think I ...

This is a good recipe. The only change I made was to use 1 cup milk & 1 1/4 cup of water instead of all water. (I halved the recipe.)

This is by far the BEST recipe for bread I have found. My kids LOVE it and it's so easy. I cut the recipe in half because I cheat and let my mixer do all of the work with the dough hook attach...

I love this bread. I had made this with my 10 yr old son to teach him about yeast and the science behind it. It was easy to follow, and produced delicious results. We even cut the recipe in half...

I halved the recipe because I only wanted a loaf or two. I still needed about 7.5 cups of flour before the dough was thick enough to stop sticking to the sides of the bowl. I only waited 45 mi...

The first time that I made bread from scratch. Yeast always scares me. I proofed it first and everything fell into place. The texture was very nice. Mild flavor. The house smelled divine. Ma...

Very easy recipe. I have never been good at making bread and this recipe was a success for me! I did get lazy and only knead for 6 minutes and it was fine! Will make again very soon! Thanks!

I have been using this recipe for the past 3 months now, and has never disappointed my family! For a golden finish, I scramble an egg and brush it on the each loaf.

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