My very first time making bread was an astonishing success! Because I was afraid of wasting ingredients - in case I messed this up - I scaled the recipe down to make only one loaf, which I would suggest if it's your first time, too. (**Notes for first timers: My first rise took quite a while because my house was so cold. It ended up taking half the day to rise until I finally decided to put it near something warm. That did the trick! So don't give up if yours doesn't rise - consider moving it somewhere warmer. Also, kneading the dough after that first rise, man, I was convinced I was going to get a brick! I kneaded it for a while, trying to make it "soft" because when I took it out of the bowl and kneaded it "a bit," it was a very heavy, small and non-stretchy ball of dough! I let it rise the second time for more than 30 minutes near a warm spot again, praying it would rise that 1" AND IT DID! And it was so delicious! So don't give up in case you have problems like me!**) After reading suggestions to cut the sugar down for a more "traditional" white bread taste, I found it was still a tad sweeter than normal white bread, BUT I am way more excited to try it with the full sugar amount since now I know it'll probably taste exactly like Hawaiian bread!!! Since my oven runs hot, I only had to bake it 25 minutes. Excellent recipe, will not stray from it in case my bread making mojo gets squashed by another recipe!
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My very first time making bread was an astonishing success! Because I was afraid of wasting...