If you are even remotely health conscience, you have no doubt heard the horror stories about white breads. These stories center on the store bought white breads and not the homemade variety. I do agree, for the most part, that store bought breads are not healthy and if you'd like personal proof of this, just look at the ingredients on their cellophane wrappers.
When it comes to homemade white breads, things get different. You have no chemicals, no preservatives and no ingredients you can't pronounce. A perfect bread of the "white" variety is this buttermilk bread. This is one of those breads that while baking, gives your home that wonderful "fresh bread" aroma. It is also quite delicious and very easy to make. It only has one rising period, so it would fall into the category of "quick" breads.
This recipe makes two loaves and since this bread freezes wonderfully well, I doubt any of it will go to waste. It is also a very good sandwich bread and makes a killer French toast!
Ingredients needed to make Buttermilk Bread (makes 2 loaves):
- 6 cups flour
- 3 Tbs. sugar
- 1 Tbs. yeast
- 2 ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup butter
- In a large bowl whisk together 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast, salt and baking soda.
- In a small saucepan over low heat whisk together the buttermilk, water and butter until the butter has melted.
- Stir the buttermilk mixture into the yeast until combined. Stir in the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and knead 10 minutes. Let the dough rest 20 minutes.
- Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a 12x7 rectangle. Roll each piece up jellyroll fashion.
- Line the bottoms of 2 9x5 loaf pans with parchment paper. Place the dough in the pans and let rise 2 hours.
- Pre-heat oven to 375.
- Place in the oven and bake 35 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool in the pans 10 minutes. Remove from the pans and cool on a rack.
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