Culinary Tip: Breadmaking Tips

bread and jam

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Here’s a quick rundown of the equipment I use for homemade bread: 
Put on some great music and enjoy the ride, while you make this aromatic great tasting bread. Have some wonderful butter and jam waiting for the final slice.

Stand Mixer
I can either use my stand up mixer or one of my favorite large ceramic bowls, so yes indeed you can definitely make this bread by hand, too.
Bread Pans
I always bake my everyday sandwich bread in 8 1/2-inch by 4 1/2-inch bread pans (vs 9X5-inch pans). I have a mix of pans but prefer a metal bread pan.
As a side note, after washing my bread pans when making homemade sandwich bread, I always place the pans back in the warm oven to dry completely to avoid rusting the pan for future use. This is a rule of thumb for all you metal baking pans, so they don’t rust. This has helped avoid rust in the edges of the pans. I’ve had a few of my bread pans and muffin tins for almost 25 years and they are going strong.

I use my trusty scale to weigh out the dough when dividing into loaves. You certainly don’t have to, but I like the loaves to be as similar in weight as possible so they bake evenly.
Bench Scraper
The bench scraper is super handy and one of my all time favorite tools and is the perfect thing to use when dividing bread into loaves (plus, it’s one of the most-used items in my kitchen since it has a million different purposes). The bench scraper is the very best at cleaning up the flour mess on your counter after kneading your bread.

Flour Sack Towels
A great alternative to using greased plastic wrap. I throw a light weight towel over my bread while it is rising in the pans. I use some of my mother’s old embroidery flour sack towels and then I think of her making bread in days gone by.

Unbleached All-purpose Flour
When using white flour, I always use unbleached all-purpose flour vs bleached all-purpose flour. I’m sure you could use bleached white flour in this recipe, too; I just haven’t tried it (but I’m 99.9% certain that’s what my mom used for decades when I was growing up).

If you’ve been looking for the perfect, white sandwich bread, this tried-and-true recipe should end your search! Simple, delicious, and so fluffy! I literally have to walk out of the kitchen when slices of this white bread are sitting on the cutting board next to a big slab of butter. I love European butter if you can get it.

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