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We're leading a hands-on paella class and a hands-on pressure cooker class at the Hillsdale General Store in Hillsdale, New York, in November and December. Check back for more information soon! 

 

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    American White Bread

    Yep, we were all about white bread in this week's podcast. And why not? This recipe yields light, delicious bread, about like you dreamed whipped bread would be like (but never was--that is, if you grew up in the '70s as we did).

    If you haven't heard the podcast yet, here it is on iTunes. Or click the media player at the top of the main recipe page on this site and find the episode in the center-top drop-down menu.

    Have some butter ready for when the loaves come out of the oven. Trust us.

    AMERICAN WHITE BREAD

    This recipe is from THE ULTIMATE COOK BOOK (which you can find here).

    Makes two loaves

    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • Two 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast or 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
    • 1 cup warm milk (regular, low-fat, or fat-free), between 105°F and 115°F
    • 1 1/4 cups warm water, between 105°F and 115°F
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or solid vegetable shortening, melted and cooled, plus additional for greasing the bowl and the pans
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • About 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    1.         Sprinkle the sugar and yeast over the milk a bowl to a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. Stir gently, and set aside until foamy, about 3 minutes. (If the mixture does not foam, start again—the yeast was bad or the milk was not the right temperature.)

    2.         Stir in the water, melted butter or shortening, and the salt. Stir in 2 cups flour until dissolved, and then stir in 2 more cups flour just until barely moistened.

    3.         If you’re using a stand mixer: Attach the dough hook, add another 2 cups flour, and begin mixing the dough at medium speed until the flour is incorporated. Add more flour in 1/2-cup increments until a soft, smooth dough forms, not sticky and quite pliable. (You can add a little more warm water if the mixture gets too dry.) Stop adding flour the moment the dough reaches this consistency; continue kneading at medium speed for 10 minutes.

                If you’re working by hand: Stir in about 1 to 2 additional cups flour with a wooden spoon, just until a dough starts to cohere; then turn the dough onto a clean, well-floured work surface and begin kneading in more flour in 1/3-cup increments until a soft, smooth dough forms. Dust the work surface again with flour and continue kneading the dough for 10 minutes, digging into it with the heel of one hand while pulling it with the fingers of the other. Add a little flour if the dough gets sticky but no more than necessary.

    4.         Place a small amount of butter or shortening on a piece of wax paper and grease a large bowl. Gather the dough into a ball, put it in the bowl, turn it over so that it’s coated, and cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Set aside in a warm, dry, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, until you can make a permanent indentation with your finger, about 40 minutes.

    5.         Use a little butter or shortening on a piece of wax paper to grease two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. Gently punch the down by slowly plunging your fist into it. Turn it out onto a clean, well-floured work surface. Divide in half.

    6.         Roll one half between your palms and the work surface to form an 12-inch log. Fold the ends over the log, turn it ninety degrees, and roll again to a 12-inch log. Finally, fold the ends over again and roll under your palms to a 9-inch log. Place one of the prepared pans, then repeat with the other half of the dough and the other pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel; return to that warm, draft-free place to rise until doubled in bulk, about 35 minutes.

    7.         Meanwhile, position the rack in the center of the oven; preheat the oven to 400°F.

    8.         Bake until golden and hollow-sounding when tapped, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn the loaves out and continue cooling for at least 15 minutes, or to room temperature.

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