Jen's Versatile Bread

Submitted by fefferknits

I make mine in a KitchenAid with the dough hook, but I can't see why it wouldn't work in a bread machine or by hand. It works well with all-purpose flour, bread flour, or whole wheat/white whole wheat flour. I really like 1/2 white whole wheat and 1/2 regular white.

Ingredients

  • 4 T butter or shortening (butter tastes better. Obviously.)
  • 2 T instant or bread machine yeast
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 8-9 c flour
  • 1 12-oz can evaporated milk (% milkfat doesn't matter)
  • 1 1/2 cans water
  • 1 1/2 T salt

Method

  1. Combine butter/shortening, yeast, sugar and 4 cups of the flour.
  2. In a smallish bowl, combine the evaporated milk and water, and microwave for 1 minute on high.
  3. Add liquid to mixer with salt and then slowly add 4-5 c more flour. Once dough no longer sticks to sides of the bowl, mix/knead for 5 more minutes.
  4. Dump dough into greased bowl and cover. Let rise 1 hour. Shape into loaves and let rise in greased pans, covered, for 45 minutes. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  5. If desired, butter the warm tops of the loaves when they're done baking.

Cook's Notes

I usually end up using about 8 1/2 cups flour. Makes two 9"x5" loaves or three 8"x4" loaves.

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