Friday, March 2, 2012

Hodgson Mill White Bread

As requested:

Old-Fashioned White Bread

(from flour sack of Hogsdon Mill bread flour)

2 pkg. yeast
1/2 cup warm (115°) water
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt (I add more salt)
8 cups unbleached or bread flour
Solid shortening to coat (3) 9x5x3 loaf pans.

Add yeast to 1/2 cup warm water and let stand 10 minutes.  Combine butter, 2 cups warm water, egg, sugar and salt.  Beat  well.  To this add yeast mixture and 2 cups of the flour.  Mix well by hand or with mixer and dough hook for one minute.  Add remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Knead until it becomes smooth and satiny, 10 minutes by hand or 4 minutes with mixer or food processor.

Place dough in the greased bowl, turning to coat completely.  cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place for 1-1/2 hours.

Knead dough down and let rise again until doubled about 1 hour.

Turn onto lightly floured board.  Divide into (3) equal pieces and let rest for 10 minutes.

Shape dough into loaves and place into the greased loaf pans, seam side down.  Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until dough rises just above tops of pans, about 1 hour.

Preheat over during last rise to 375°.  Bake for 35-40 minutes, until top is golden brown.
Remove from pans immediately and let cool on racks.  Yield (3) loaves.

This takes some time due to the three risings, but IMO is the best white bread recipe I have ever tried. 

Note:  I always use bread flour and SAF yeast.  All else is per recipe.


  1. Thanks so much for the recipe. I'm definitely copying it and will give it a go. I don't have any bread flour (have never used it) so I may not be as successful as you the first time through, but we'll see what happens. Thanks again.

  2. Thank you for posting Glenda. Being not very smart breaking down bread recipes to fit bread machines, I will experiment. I wish I had the big kitchen aid mixer so I could mix up.
    I will see if I can possibly do this by hand. I will do it in little amounts like 1 1/2# loafs at a time and knead by hand. My hands really knot up, but I will give it a try.
    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. Please have a safe weather weekend, too.

  3. Thanks for posting the recipe. I will give this one a try!

  4. Thanks for the recipe! I haven't ever used bread flour, but I'm going to try this one even tho I don't have much luck with bread making. Have a nice weekend and I'm hoping we don't have any more strange weather!

  5. I rarely comment here, but I want you to know that you inspire me! Made this bread recipe today... my first time making anything other than artisan bread. I was so worried, but guess what! It came out beautiful. I'm having a hard time sitting and waiting for it to cool so I can try it, but the house smells HEAVENLY. I made buns out of one loaf, but I'm guessing I should have taken it out a little earlier lol... note to self for next time. They are a little well done and crispy lol. Thank you again for your wonderful insights!