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Eureka! I've found the best white bread recipe

smartdog's picture

Eureka! I've found the best white bread recipe

Wonderfully Soft White Bread
Original Recipe was from, but I've tweaked it quite a bit as far as prep/rising/baking. I've been searching endlessly for the "perfect" wonder bread type texture/crumb, and this one is the BOMB. ;)

1 cup tepid water
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon honey ( I used buckwheat honey)
3 cups all purpose flour (I used Robin Hood-Best for Bread-Homestyle White) This made a BIG difference in the texture of the bread.
1/4 cup powdered whole milk
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons SAF Gold Instant Yeast

  1. Sprinkle yeast on water. Blend till yeast dissolves.
  2. In this order add: honey, sugar, powdered milk, salt and stir well till blended
  3. Add margarine and stir well again.
  4. Add 1 cup of the flour and mix till fully blended (mixture will be like batter) Add remaining two cups of flour and blend with a fork till completely blended. Take dough out of mixing bowl and fold till smooth. Do NOT over work or knead! Just fold and press, fold and press.
  5. Shape into boule and place in lightly oiled bowl for approx. 1 1/2 hours or till doubled.
  6. When risen, take out dough and on a floured surface, shape into loaf and place in loaf pan. (again, DO NOT overwork).
  7. Let rise in a warm place for approximately 40 minutes until doubled in size.
  8. Bake on centre rack of preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Cool on wire rack before slicing.

Here is a picture of the "attacked" loaf. DH LOVES Wonder Bread, and now he's a convert! LOL

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Auntie_Ai's picture

My hubby *loves* soft, white, yummy white bread too!  This looks just like the treat I can give him when he's been good with his diet!  LOL!  I've got  a few questions:

 Yeast - I only have Red Star active dry yeast and Saf Instant Gold is not available here.  How much do you think should I use?  2 tsp?

Folding - what kind of folding technique is this?  French fold or the letter-type of folding?  I'm trying to imagine the folding with a sticky dough and can't quite make up my mind which technique it is.

Overworking - I might get too enthusiastic about folding.. how do I know when I've overworked the dough?



smartdog's picture

Irene: I am in Ontario, Canada and we do not have Red Star here so I can't really answer your question re: the yeast. Maybe someone else might know the answer to that one. ;) Now with the folding, do a "letter type" folding thing "just till the ingredients are fully incorporated and the dough is smooth (no flour showing, or bits falling off). This is a soft dough, but not so soft that it can't be worked easily. :)

browndog's picture

Irene, you can sub your active dry for instant at 25-50% more, generally. Smartdog's recipe only calls for 3 cups of flour, and normally you can assume that a teaspoon of active dry can raise up to 4 cups of flour. Many recipes seem to add yeast to spare.

Trishinomaha's picture

I can see your white btead and a yummy BLT in my near future! Did you use a pullman pan? And...I never knew there was difference between the french fold and the letter fold - can you explain?



smartdog's picture

I did use a pullman pan (without the lid). You asked about the fold...essentially, what I did is just folded in the corners (twice) to incorporate and smooth the dough, without any excess strain on the dough. The trick is to not overwork it.

KipperCat's picture

Oh boy, it's a good thing hubby doesn't read this site.  He'd never eat a slice of whole wheat again!  Your loaf looks great!  The recipe reminds me very much of my Grandmother's, which I saw her make many times.  She was an incredible baker.

smartdog's picture

KipperCat: You have to make it for him! LOL I just did another loaf today...Man, oh man this stuff is light as a cloud and so YUMMY! ;)

BellesAZ's picture

Is it all purpose flour or is it Bread flour?  Big difference in the two.

Also, the margarine.  Why that and not butter?  I don't ever buy it, so I'll just use butter.  I will also double it and use a long pullman to see how this works.. lid on, of course!