Basic White Bread


Basic White Bread

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Based on the Blue Ribbon Bread recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Servings 24 slices
Calories 164 kcal


  • 1 Stand mixer whisk, kneading attachments
  • 2 loaf pans
  • 2 pyrex cup to melt shortening and butter
  • 1 cake/brownie pan for water under the loaves in the oven


Yeast mixture

  • 1 package active dry yeast .25 ounce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water 110ºF (microwave for 23 seconds)

Bread dough

  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup shortening melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 cups flour bread flour preferred


  • 2 tbsp butter melted


Yeast mixture

  • In a large stand mixer bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water.
  • Let stand until foamy, usually 10 minutes.

Mix dough

  • Melt the shortening.
  • Add evaporated milk, warm water, melted shortening, honey, salt, and 2 cups flour. Mix at speed 2 until combined.
  • Add the remaining flour no more than a cup at a time kneading well between each addition.

Knead dough

  • When the dough has pulled together and it trying to escape the bowl, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

Let dough rest

  • Wash the mixing bowl and dry thoroughly. Coat with oil.
  • Place dough in bowl.
  • Cover with a damp towel and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume. About 1-2 hours.


  • Once the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a countertop.
  • Punch the dough down.
  • Divide the dough in half.
  • Roll each half into loaf shapes. Seal the seams by pinching.
  • Melt the butter and use to coat the bread pans.
  • Place shaped dough into pan and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
  • Place in a warm area and let rise until the loaf is about an inch over the top of the pan, about 30 minutes.


  • Fill the cake/brownie pan with about 1/2 inch of hot water and place in the oven on the bottom rack.
  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Uncover the loaves and place on the top rack in the oven.
  • Bake until tops are golden brown, about 25-35 minutes.


  • When finished, brush the tops with butter and allow to cool a bit in the pan.
  • When cool enough to touch, turn out of the pan and enjoy the first still-warm slice!
  • When fully cool, wrap with bees wrap or place in plastic bag. Can be frozen.


Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
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