Wintertime is soup and homemade bread time at my house. There is nothing more comforting to have good smells wafting from the kitchen on a cold winter’s day. I will admit that I have never mastered the whole kneading and rising process of making bread, instead I opt for using my trusty bread machine. After all, it’s still homemade in my book!
Country White Bread – 1 1/2 pound loaf
½ – 5/8 cup water
5/8 cup milk
1 ½ Tablespoons butter or margarine
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
1. Place all ingredients in bread pan, using the least amount of liquid listed in the recipe. Select Medium Crust setting and press START.
2. Observe the dough as it kneads. After 5 – 10 minutes, if it appears dry and stiff, or if your machine sounds as if it’s straining to knead it, add more liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until dough forms a smooth, soft , pliable ball that is slightly tacky to the touch.
3. After the baking cycle ends, remove bread from pan, place on cake rack, and allow to cool 2 hour before slicing.
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