White Bread (Bread Machine) Recipe
This white bread recipe uses comparatively little fat and sugar, because it's adapted for a bread machine straight from a depression-era bread recipe from Nova Scotia, when sugar was dear, and when butter was expensive owing to Canadian government policies prohibiting margarine. This recipe is also extremely low in sodium. It makes a good, old-fashioned loaf of plain white bread that is actually in tune with today's more health-conscious needs.
Place ingredients in pan in order listed.
Set bread machine on full "make & bake" cycle.
Manual Baking Instructions If you wish to bake the bread yourself in the oven, put the bread machine on dough cycle instead. When the dough is ready, remove it from the bread machine, and knead it on an unfloured surface for a few seconds. Shape it into loaf shape, then place in a lightly-buttered loaf pan. Cover with a tea towel, let rise to about an inch or two over top the pan (about 1 1/2 hours, depending on room temperature), then bake in a 350 F / 175 C oven for about 35 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when you rap it with your knuckles.
If you are in Canada, you can use all-purpose flour. If you are in America, Australia or the UK, you need to use bread flour. If you don't have powdered milk, you can omit it and use milk in place of the water. What most people get stuck on is "what is lukewarm". Basically it means water out of the tap that doesn't feel cold. You do not need special bread machine yeast. Regular instant or rapid yeast will do the trick. Click on the "yeast" ingredient above for more yeast information.
Most North American bread recipes use far more sugar & fat (for instance, 2 tbsp of sugar versus the 1 teaspoon here.)
The low-use of salt in this recipe has another side benefit (besides health): it means less yeast is needed.
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