My Favorite White Bread Recipe

Easy, basic and adaptable.  I use this recipe for everyday bread, cinnamon swirl bread, hamburger/hot dog buns, and add a little more sugar to make cinnamon rolls.  There is nothing like hot bread from the oven!

Basic White Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter
Cinnamon Swirl Bread

1/2 cup warm water (about 110°)
4 ½ tsp dry yeast
3 Tbl sugar
1 ¾ cups warm water
1 Tbl salt
2 Tbl (heaping) shortening
6 cups flour

In small bowl, sprinkle yeast into the 1/2 cup warm water and sprinkle sugar over yeast.  In large bowl (I use a Kitchen Aid mixer), combine the 1¾ cups warm water, salt, shortening (I softened shortening in microwave a few seconds) and 2 cups of the flour.  Mix until smooth.  Add the yeast, mix well.  Add remaining flour.  Knead. Turn into greased bowl, cover and let rise until double about 1 hour.  Punch down, shape into loaves. Cover and let rise about 1/2 hour.  Bake in preheated 375° oven for 35 minutes.  I cover with foil for the remaining cook time when the loaves are golden brown.

For the cinnamon swirl bread, I mix 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon (this is for one loaf, double if making both loaves cinnamon bread.  Rolled out dough into 8×14 inch rectangle, spread cinnamon sugar mixture and roll up starting at a short side.  Pinch seam at bottom and at sides. Bake the same as above.


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