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mama's white bread

Recipe by
Melanie B
Kennesaw, GA

My Mama has been making this bread since well before I was born. One of my fondest childhood memories is having a slice of buttered bread, right out of the oven. For best results, use a serrated knife to cut a slice.

yield 2 loaves
prep time 2 Hr 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mama's white bread

  • 1/4 c
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c
    hot water
  • 2 pkg
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    lukewarm water
  • 4-5 c

How To Make mama's white bread

  • 1
    Into a large plastic bowl 1/4 c sugar 1 Tbsp salt 1/4 c vegetable oil 1/2 c hot water You want the water to be hot enough to dissolve the sugar and salt, but not boiling. Stir together and let cool to lukewarm.
  • 2
    While that is cooling, in a 2 cup measuring cup, Mix together 2 pkgs yeast 1/2 tsp sugar 1/2 c lukewarm water Note: lukewarm water is about as warm as you would use to bathe a baby.
  • 3
    Stir the yeast mixture together and let proof. In about 5 minutes it should puff up, sort of like the top of a beer when your pour it into a glass. Pour the yeast mixture into the cooled sugar/oil mixture. Stir together well.
  • 4
    To this mixture add 1 c luke warm water 2 c flour Note: I have used AP flour and bread flour. Either one works just fine. Beat this mixture until smooth. It will be quite sticky. I do all my mixing with a wooden spoon.
  • This photo was taken at Mama’s house when she made bread for me.
    Add In 2-3 c flour I add the first cups one at a time, stirring well in-between. The third cup is added a little at a time. You may not need all of it to make your dough non sticky.
  • 6
    Once the dough is not sticky, it's time to kneed. I kneeded right in the bowl, adding a sprinkle of flour here and there as necessary. Kneed for about 7 minutes.
  • 7
    Form a ball and cover loosely. I use a dishtowel. Let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.
  • 8
    Punch down and form into 2 loaves. Place loaves into well greased loaf pans. Let rise until doubled in size.
  • 9
    Bake in a pre heated 350ª oven for 30-40 minutes.

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