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Blue Ribbon White Bread

 Blue Ribbon White Bread
This recipe took first-place honors 7 consecutive years at our local fair. My relatives rave about this bread and its pleasant subtle ginger flavor.
32 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk powder,
  • shortening, sugar, salt, ginger and 3-1/2 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
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in
  • half. Shape into loaves. Place in two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf
  • pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and bread
  • sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • Yield: 2 loaves.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 113 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 168 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.