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Soft Fluffy White Bread

When asked what I couldn’t live without, one of my answers would most certainly include bread.  I swoon at just the sight of soft, hot bread, straight out of the oven and relish the act of smearing butter and jam on thick, pillowy slices.  This recipe produces the softest, fluffiest bread ever.  It’s a joy to have at breakfast, made into french toast, infused with spices and custard for the most indulgent bread pudding, or even on its own.

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Soft Fluffy White Bread
 
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Serves: 1 Standard Loaf
Ingredients
  • ⅓ c bread flour
  • 1 c lukewarm water
  • 1 tb yeast + 5 tb warm milk
  • 2 c unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1½ ts fine salt
  • 1 beaten room temperature egg
  • 4 oz room temperature whole milk
  • 2 tb melted butter
Instructions
  1. Begin by whisking the bread flour and water over low/medium until it thickens. Set aside to cool.
  2. Stir the yeast into the milk {I like mine at about 100*} and allow it to bloom for 3-5 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour and salt.
  4. Add the cooled roux, activated yeast, egg, milk, and butter. Stir to combine.
  5. On a floured surface, knead. You can use your hands, a bench scraper, or a hook attachment on a mixer. Try to not add more than ¼-1/2 c flour. The less the better. In any event, the dough will be very sticky.
  6. Allow the dough to rest in a bowl and dab the top with melted butter. Cover and allow to rest in a draft free place for 45 minutes. I like to store mine in a cool microwave or oven.
  7. The dough should be doubled. Pour into a well greased pan and allow to rest for another 20-25 minutes. It is ready when it's nicely puffed and more than fills the pan.
  8. Brush the top with more butter and bake at 375 for 35 minutes.
  9. Ease the bread out of the pan after it bakes and set aside to cool for at least an hour. This is important to do before cutting into it with a sharp, serrated knife.
Notes
This bread only takes 35 minutes to bake but requires about an 1½ inactive prep time.

Have a great weekend!

Love,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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