A big loaf of this simple white bread will satisfy the most hungry farmer. City folks will love it too!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 3 pound loaf
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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 calories; protein 7.5g 15% DV; carbohydrates 52.1g 17% DV; fat 5.8g 9% DV; cholesterol 13.5mg 5% DV; sodium 232mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2003
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:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/12/2003
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. Read More
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59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
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:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
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!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
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!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
It is the time I bake bread. This one is super. I can't wait to Mom taste it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2003
I tried it only once as just gifts and everybody offered to actually buy it from me!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
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