Soft and Fluffy White Bread Recipe

This recipe yields a delightful loaf of homemade bread that’s incredibly soft and fluffy. Perfect for toast, sandwiches, or simply enjoying on its own!

Ingredients:

  • Dry Ingredients:
    • 4 ½ teaspoons instant yeast
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Wet Ingredients:
    • ¾ cup warm water
    • 2⅔ cups warm water (additional)
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Instructions:

  1. Activate the Yeast: In a large bowl, combine the warm water (¾ cup) and yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes, until the yeast becomes foamy. This indicates that the yeast is active.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  3. Mix Dough: Add the dry ingredients to the yeast mixture along with the softened butter. Using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment (or by hand), mix on low speed until just combined. Gradually increase the speed to medium and knead for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. You may need to add additional flour, a tablespoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky.
  4. First Rise: Lightly grease a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the greased bowl and turn it over to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm, draft-free location for about 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Shape and Second Rise: Punch down the dough and transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Gently knead for a minute. Shape the dough into a loaf and place it seam-side down in a greased loaf pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise again for another 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until nearly doubled in size.
  6. Bake: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Brush the top of the loaf with melted butter (optional). Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool and Enjoy: Remove the bread from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

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