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White Bread

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White Bread

White Bread

Fiona Haynes
I know, I know, white bread is "evil," and responsible in part for our obesity epidemic and so forth. It's true that many of us who eat low fat likely eat too many carbohydrates, specifically too much refined flour and sugar. But if you're going to indulge, make your own baked goods, where you can control some of the ingredients. With bread, ingredients are pretty straightforward to begin with, which makes you wonder at the often-long list of ingredients on packaged bread, often with salt and sugar (or worse, high-fructose corn syrup) high on the list. Many of these, of course, are preservatives. With home made bread, longevity is almost never an issue, as the lure of freshly baked bread ensures it gets eaten all too quickly. This white bread recipe requires no bread machine, just 10 minutes of good old-fashioned kneading, which I find to be most therapeutic, not to mention a good work out for my forearms! Enjoy this bread with some homemade jam, honey, or your favorite trans-fat-free spread.

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours


  • 1 ¼ cups warm water (100-110 degrees F)
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour, plus extra for kneading
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 egg


Combine warm water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Leave unstirred for 10 minutes until frothy (if it doesn't froth, then start over, checking your water temperature).

Combine flour and salt in a large mixing bowl; make a well in the center, then add proofed yeast. Stir flour and yeast mixture with a fork or a palette knife until dough is smooth and moves away from sides of bowl. Turn out dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.

Place kneaded dough in a large bowl dusted with a little flour or lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place for 1 hour, until dough doubles in size.

Remove from bowl; punch down dough, then form into a rectangle and place on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.

Beat egg and add ¼ cup water. Brush over top of dough. Cover with wrap sprayed with a little cooking spray and allow to rise for an hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake bread for about 30 minutes, or until the bread is golden in color and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.

Cool loaf on a wire rack.

Per slice (assumes 12 slices from loaf): Calories 132, Calories from Fat 8, Total Fat 1g (sat 0.3g), Cholesterol 17mg, Sodium 55mg, Carbohydrate 26.2g, Fiber 1g, Protein 4.8g

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white bread, Member larrymontague

I tried your recipe for white bread. I have (CKD) so I eliminated the salt and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnimon and put it in a loaf pan. I used egg whites for the top, so no fat. I got 15 slices (counting heels) so my calories were about 90 per slice. I really enjoy your coloums and have learned a lot from them. Lmontague.

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