We usually make and eat 100% whole wheat bread, but occasionally I make white bread for a special treat. We use it for French toast, for "buns" for black bean burgers, for grilled cheese and other sandwiches. Straight out of the oven with butter it is better than a slice of cake. I'm also including how to make rolls. Who knew it was so easy to make fresh rolls using a bread recipe? Probably everyone but me.
White Sandwich Bread (or Rolls)
2 1/2 c warm water
2 T active dry yeast
1/4 cup oil (I use organic canola)
- Combine water, yeast, oil, honey, salt, and about 6 cups of flour and mix (I use a Kitchenaid standing mixer).
- Add in a cup or more of additional flour until the dough is thick and less sticky but not so firm your mixer's motor is laboring.
- Knead in mixer for 10 minutes (I use level 2, same as whole wheat).
- Add additional flour a tablespoon or two at a time until the dough holds together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl (it may still stick to the bottom of the bowl).
- Remove the kneading hook, cover bowl and allow to rise until about double (an hour or two depending on how warm your kitchen is).
- Turn dough onto floured surface. Knead very briefly to press out air bubbles and divide in two.
- If making loaves, press each half into a 5" by 8" rectangle. Starting at one end, roll tightly into a log. Pinch closed the end, and place in the buttered loaf pan seam side down. See photos in this post.
- Cover with lightweight towel and allow to rise 1-2 more hours, until dough crests an inch or two over the edge of the pan.
- Bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees, until center is about 190 degrees. I cover with foil for the last 20 minutes so the top doesn't get too brown.
- Allow to cool about 10 minutes in the pan, then dump out onto rack. Do not slice (if possible) until fully cooled.
|These were my first set of rolls, so I made a modicum of effort to shape them into balls. I|
also spaced them farther apart on the sheet so that they would not touch.
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