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Basic Homemade Bread

 Basic Homemade Bread
Here's a basic yeast bread that bakes up golden brown. I enjoy the aroma of freshly-baked homemade bread in my kitchen.
32 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt,
  • oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining
  • flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the
  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2
  • hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough
  • in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in.
  • loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread
  • sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 98 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 443 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.