Friday, August 5, 2011

White Butter Bread Tutorial

This recipe was requested on my Facebook page so here it is! I've searched the internet and cookbooks for the perfect white sandwich bread. I have had my share of successes and failures. It would either be too dense but the right height, or the right texture, but the wrong height. I just couldn't get all the aspects right. Until this recipe! It seems weird to mix in 1/2 cup of butter AFTER the bread has been kneaded BUT it works!


White Butter Bread




Ingredients 

2 1/2 cups water ( 105-115 F)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast (or one pack)
1 tablespoon sugar
7 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened




Pour 1/2 cup of the water into a bowl and mix with yeast and sugar til foamy. Let sit for 5 minutes until creamy.



Put the yeast mixture, rest of the water and 3 1/2 cups of the flour into the mixer with the dough hook. Mix slowly until blended then add the rest of the flour.


Increase speed and scrape down the sides til the dough comes together.(If it doesn't add a tbsp of flour at a time til it does.) Add salt and mix at medium speed for 10 minutes (or do half in mixer and half kneading) til dough is smooth and elastic.



Back in mixer add butter 1 tbsp at a time (dough may come apart, but mixing will pull it back together).


Turn dough out on lightly floured surface and shape it into a ball then place in a large buttered or oiled bowl.Turn dough so it is completely coated in the fat, then cover in plastic for 45 minutes to an hour, til it has doubled in size at room temperature.



Butter 2 loaf pans.Deflate the dough, cut in half and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Roll out into a 9 x 12-inch rectangle.



With the short end facing you, fold the dough into thirds like a sheet of paper to go into an envelope, creating a roll. Pinch the seam closed, and pinch the ends enough so it will fit in the loaf pan.

 
Drop in the loaf pan seam side down, and repeat.Cover the loaves with buttered plastic wrap and allow to rise again in a warm place (80°F) for 45 minutes, until they double in size.


Preheat the oven to 375°F and put the rack in the center of the oven.Bake for 35-45 minutes til they are honey brown.


Once your remove them from the pan, brush the hot bread with melted butter. This will create a soft sandwich bread-like crust. Allow to cool completely before slicing. This bread also freezes well. Just wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze. Then just let the loaf thaw on the counter to room temp when you're ready.

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Kathy said...

Thank you for posting this recipe. It looks wonderful. I've been baking bread from my grandmother's recipe for years. Yours has a few twists different. I'll be trying yours next time I bake (hopefully next week). Joy to you and much baking success.