This is a wonderful white bread. Wonderful, fresh out of oven (of course need to let it cool some to keep its form) makes for a good sandwich bread.NOW for the bonus in the morning you can have wonderful slice of toast that is not only out of this world, it absolutely smells like heaven. I do hope you enjoy this wonderful addition to your bread recipe collection.
1In a small sauce pan combine salt,sugar, dry milk and hot water stir,add butter.
Heat on low setting until butter has melted,but don't bring to a boil.
Measure 2 cups flour into a mixing bowl and pour int the liquid.Setting mixer on low blend into a light batter. Add yeast ( at this point the flour will have cooled the the water so your yeast should be safe ) Keeping mixer on low add one egg at a time blending after each egg. Using flat beater mix on medium for 2 minutes or by hand at least 5o strokes.
Slowly add the balance of flour 1/4 cup at a time using wooden spoon or your dough hook.
When the dough has reached a shaggy mass, place on floured surface or leave in mixer to be kneaded. If kneading by hand and dough becomes sticky gradually sprinkle with flour. Don't overload with flour It must be soft and elastic.
Knead with a strong push-turn-fold motion, occasionally lifting dough off the work surface and crashing back down on to work surface (this helps to remove air bubbles) 8-10 minutes. If using mixer to knead dough and dough remains slack sprinkle with flour. When sufficient flour has been added the dough under hook will clean the sides of the bowl and not stick.
Placed the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and dishtowel set aside at room temperature about 1 hour or until double in volume.
Turn back the plastic and punch down dough. Turn out onto work surface now divide dough into 2 pieces.
For plain loaf,with rolling pin or finger press into oval shape roughly the shape of loaf pan . With hands roll up to form the shape of loaf pinch to seal seam. Place seam down in the prepared pan .
2Mix together raisins, cinnamon,sugar, nuts and orange zest
For swirl loaf, with rolling pin or finger press or roll into oval shape roughly the shape of loaf pan.
Spread butter over dough with fingers or a brush- taking care not to butter the narrow top edge where the seam will be made. Spread the nut mixture over the butter.Carefully roll to the top and pinch the edge into the body. Place seam side down in the prepared pan.
Cover with plastic wrap and dishtowel and let rise until double in size about 50 minutes.
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees 20 minutes before baking ( this is important )
Bake on the lower shelf of oven for 35 to 40 minutes until done.