Country White Bread: The Aroma of Love

One of the best parts of living a Simple Life is baking Country White Bread. It may be a simple recipe, but it is one that produces the aroma of love. It soothes the soul and brings a smile to your face every time.

Baking bread goes hand-in-hand with winter evenings and soup on the stove.  But it is delicious any time, with any meal.  Bake a loaf for toast at breakfast or pack your lunch with a sandwich made with home baked bread.  Or just slather some with butter, straight out of the oven.

Bread is delicious, no matter how you slice it!

Learning to Bake Bread

Baking bread isn’t as hard as it sounds. This Country White Bread is a basic recipe, which can be made into loaves or rolls.

It does take a bit of time to learn. Baking bread is similar to starting a new relationship. To get a feel for how to do it, check out these posts:

Bread Baking as a Relationship – The Meet and Greet

Stock Up! A Convenient Bread Baking Equipment Checklist

Baking Bread as a Relationship – The First Date

Baking as a Relationship: How to Make Quick Breads

Once you get familiar with the stages of baking bread, be sure to read the rest of the posts in the Baking Bread as a Relationship series. Once you are ready to tackle yeast breads, then the Country White Bread loaf is a great place to start!

Country White Bread

homemade country white bread made in a loaf and rolls

I am not sure where this recipe came from – other than Aunt Dot’s recipe box. You can ‘free form’ these loaves, if you prefer, or make them in to rolls. Just use a greased cookie sheet instead of loaf pans!

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 c. Warm Water (120 degrees
  • ½ c. Milk
  • 2 Sugar
  • 2 t. Salt
  • 2 pkgs. Yeast
  • 6 c. Bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter (room temperature)
  • 2 Eggs

Instructions

Pour the warm water into a bowl and stir in the milk, sugar, salt, yeast and 3 cups of flour, blending well. Add the butter and eggs. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough flour until the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl (approximately 2 -1/2 more cups), but is still a bit sticky

Turn out onto a well-floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic (approximately 5 minutes or so). Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk

Punch down dough, turn it over in the bowl and let it rise again until doubled. Turn the dough back out on your board, kneading gently once or twice. Cut dough in half, gently forming each half into a loaf. Put in greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake approximately 20 to 35 minutes until golden brown and the loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a metal rack

Take Your Bread Baking Skills to the Next Level!

Once you have tasted the results of your own Country White Bread, you may find that you are tempted to learn even more.

If that’s the case, then it may be time for you to start your own relationship with baking bread.

Baking Bread as a Relationship is an eBook designed to help you learn how to make delicious breads – from quick breads to yeast breads. There is even a section of other recipes for different ways to use up the bread you bake.

Each section has a list of the basic information, recipes, and a page you can use to make your own notes. And as a bonus, there is a Lagniappe Section that shares even more ideas for baking your own bread at home!

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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