Braided White Bread Recipe
This bread recipe is good for those that love tearing apart their bread and soaking it up with soup broth or pasta sauce.
- Serves: 14 persons
- 1 ½cup water, room temperature
- 1tbsp. or 2 packages (1/2 oz.) active dry yeast
- ¼cup soft butter or shortening
- 1tbsp. sugar
- 1tsp. salt
- 4cups bread flour
Step 1In a large bowl, mix together the room temperature water and the yeast. Add the butter, sugar, and salt. Stir. Add 3 cups of the bread flour and mix it well. Add in enough remaining bread flour to make a dough that follows the spoon around the bowl.
Step 2Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed until the dough is firm and smooth to the touch. Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Turn dough over in the bowl so that the top is also lightly greased. Cover with a clean cloth or plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour.
Step 3Punch down dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board or surface and knead out the bubbles for about 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Set 3 pieces aside. Roll out the remaining 3 pieces of dough between your hands, making 3 strips, about 12 inches long. Line strips side-by-side on floured board. Braid strips , starting from the center and working to the end, and pinch bottom ends together. Braid the other side of the loaf, from the center to the end, and pinch the ends together.
Step 4Set the braided loaf on a greased baking sheet and repeat the steps for braiding the remaining 3 pieces of dough. Cover the loaves with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Step 5Bake the bread at 350 F for 40 minutes or until the bread top is golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when the top is tapped. Remove the loaves from the baking sheets and let them cool on a rack.