Baking Bread: Just Call Me June Cleaver

Last night for Family Night, Frit and I learned how to make homemade bread. We decided to make mini-loaves so we could give some to the neighbors and to the women we visit in our Church assignments. We also took some along to the “Bachelorette party” we have on Monday nights. And can I digress for just a second? WHAT is Jillian thinking?! Wes made it one more week! Ugh. (Reality TV … what can I say?) Anyhow, back to the bread … Everyone loved it. They turned out perfectly! We were so proud of ourselves and I think there will be a lot more bread making going on in our house. It’s the easiest white bread recipe I’ve ever made. It comes out fluffy but substantive. Enjoy!

90-minute White Bread

4 Cups warm water
4 Tblsp. yeast
4 teas. salt
8 Tblsp. sugar
4 Tbls. oil
7-8+ Cups flour

Add the sugar to 1 cup of the warm water and then dissolve yeast in the sugar water. Let sugar/yeast mixture rest until doubled in size. Pour oil in bowl, add sugar/yeast mixture and the rest of the ingredients. Mix with hands to make a soft, not sticky dough. (If you’re making this is a Bosch or KitchenAide mix on level 2 speed for about 6 minutes). Cut the dough into four equal pieces. Set on greased counter top, cover with towel, and let stand for 15 minutes. Pound each piece with a wooden spoon for 1 minute (gets the air bubbles out). Massage each piece as you form into loaves and place in greased loaf pans. Allow to raise until doubled in size. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes (19-20 minutes for mini loaves) or until golden on top. Rub butter on top while it’s warm.

4 thoughts on “Baking Bread: Just Call Me June Cleaver

  1. wow, you read my mind. I was just looking for an easy bread recipe. Mmm thanks!

  2. June, thanks so much for the recipe. It looks delicious!! Kurt is the bread maker in the family, and he's always looking for new tips and tricks and variations. He will be so pleased! :)

  3. Mmmm, making bread is euphoric. I love everything about it-the dough, the smell, the texture, the aftermath…I wish I was your neighbor right now.

    And Wes is a moron. No wait, Jillian is. For believing him. And I almost cried when Ed came back. I adore him.

    Oh, and I adore you-Miss June Cleaver.

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