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Basic White Bread Recipe
This Basic White Bread recipe makes 2 loaves.

What You Need
• 6 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup dry milk
• 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
• 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 2 tablespoons butter, softened
• 2 (1/4-ounce) packets active dry yeast
• 2 cups very warm water (120F to 130F)

What To Do
1. Using a karge mixing bowl, whisk 3 1/3 cups of flour with the next five ingredients.

2. Add warm water. With an electric mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Increase speed to medium and beat for 1 minute. Stir in remaining flour.

3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead dough for 5 minutes then let rest for 5 minutes. Knead dough another 5 minutes or until dough feels smooth and elastic.

4. Place in a large, well-greased bowl; flip to turn greased-side up. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

5. Punch down dough and divide in half. Form into two loaves and place into two greased 9x5x3 loaf pans. Cover; let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until each loaf has doubled in size.

6. Preheat oven to 425F.

7. Bake loaves 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown on top and sound hollow when tapped.

8. Remove from oven. Immediately remove loaves from pans and cool on wire rack.

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