Grandma’s Country White Bread, What Grandma used to make! Our family’s favorite. The recipe was never written down (that I know of) until she shared it with me when she was in her 90’s.
2 packages (¼ ounce each) active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs
¼ cup canola oil
6-½ to 7 cups all-purpose flour
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs, oil, and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch down dough. Divide in half and shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°.
Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
1 slice: 125 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. 4 SmartPoints per slice.
Review from followers:
Great recipe. I made it like Grandma Van Doren probably did, using regular flour, because I’m sure “bread flour” did not exist when Grandma was feeding her hungry family. Hint: Double the yeast to halve the rising time. it’s a real saver.
This bread was delicious. There are only two of us so three loaves were too much. I cut the dough in thirds like the recipe says and used two for bread, and the third for pizza dough. I spread it out on a pan greased lightly with shortening, and let it rest for about fifteen minutes. I put my toppings on and baked it for 30 min. at 375F or till the crust was browned. It was awesome. Definitely use this again.
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