49 Ratings
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  • 3 Rating Star 3
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A big loaf of this simple white bread will satisfy the most hungry farmer. City folks will love it too!

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
stand:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Max Servings:
12
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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

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  • In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of flour and salt. Cut in the butter and stir in the yeast mixture. Beat in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Butter a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

  • Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into a large oval loaf. Place onto the prepared pan. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. When the loaf is risen, cut a 1/2 inch deep cross onto the top of it. Brush the top with water before baking.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until bottom of loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

295.07 calories; 7.49 g protein; 52.12 g carbohydrates; 2.07 g dietary-fiber; 0.19 g sugars; 5.83 g fat; 3.35 g saturated-fat; 13.54 mg cholesterol; 157.43 IU vitamin-a-iu; 6 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.05 mg vitamin-b6; 0 mg vitamin-c; 151.4 mcg folate; 12.53 mg calcium; 3.34 mg iron; 16.17 mg magnesium; 97.33 mg potassium; 232.01 mg sodium; 0.56 mg thiamin; 52.44 calories-from-fat; 71 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 18 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 10 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 10 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


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Most helpful positive review

Anonymous
04/11/2003
This bread was very easy to make! I have been making my own bread for some time now....and this is a wonderful recipe. It helps to put a pan of boiling water on the rack UNDER the rack the bread is on. It makes a nice chewy crust with warm soft bread on the inside! Thanks for sharing this receipe:)
(28)

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Anonymous
02/06/2013
This bread is like a brick! It didn't rise well and was very bland even though I added 2 TBSP Sugar extra salt and cayanne pepper.
49 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 28
  • 4 Rating Star 14
  • 2 Rating Star 3
  • 3 Rating Star 3
  • 1 Rating Star 1
Anonymous
04/11/2003
This bread was very easy to make! I have been making my own bread for some time now....and this is a wonderful recipe. It helps to put a pan of boiling water on the rack UNDER the rack the bread is on. It makes a nice chewy crust with warm soft bread on the inside! Thanks for sharing this receipe:)
(28)
cowboysmama
01/21/2007
This is an easy recipe with guananteed results. I do add 2 tsp. sugar and melt the butter instead of cutting it in and it tastes terrific. I love that it has no milk in it and since I've made this several times I can honestly say it's always cames out great. Nothing worse than bread that doesn't rise and that just doesn't happen here. Thanks!!
(15)
Amanda Fetters
04/11/2003
This bread was yummy but not as wonderful as I was expecting. It was my first time making bread so it's possible that I did something wrong! Tastes great with honey drizzled on top.
(14)
Anonymous
04/11/2003
As a first time bread maker I found this recipe very easy to use. The bread was wonderful - great for sandwiches! Excellent!!
(13)
Anonymous
04/11/2003
This was my first project and I'm a novice bread-maker...I found the recipe simple easy to follow a bit more time consuming than the times given but it delivered a massive wonderfully textured loaf...am very glad to have found the recipe!
(11)
SWEET69GAMES
04/11/2003
WONDERFUL! My family loved this bread from the 2yr old to my husband. It was much easier than other recipes I have tried and it came out great. Even with 3 small children underfoot. If you haven't tried it yet you should.
(8)
Anonymous
09/16/2003
I tried it only once as just gifts and everybody offered to actually buy it from me!!
(8)
Anonymous
04/11/2003
It is the time I bake bread. This one is super. I can't wait to Mom taste it!
(7)
Anonymous
03/07/2005
Texture-wise its wonderful! With a crisp crust and fluffy inside. But like others mentioned its kinda bland. I did add 2 tbsp of sugar like someone suggested but... I also doubled the quantity of salt. Reckon it would taste pretty good
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