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Home-Style Yeast Bread

Everyone likes the tender texture and slightly sweet taste of this homemade bread. When I'm in the mood to bake, I usually double the recipe and share loaves with friends. The dough also makes lovely rolls. -Launa Shoemaker, Landrum, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 to 7 cups bread flour

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt, eggs and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm 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 floured surface. Divide in half. Shape into loaves and place in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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