Butter Bread: The Recipe
This recipe is great for beginners! The yeast is forgiving and the result is delicious. Make sure that you use warm milk and water to start the yeast and then put the dough in a warm place to rise. Give it a little TLC and you won’t regret it!
When it comes to kneading bread, there really is a method to the madness. I’d suggest googling a few youtube videos to see different techniques. The goal of kneading is to stretch the gluten so that your bread as the right consistency.
- 1 pkg Dry Active yeast
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 4 ½ tbsp. sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 4 ½ c. all-purpose flour
- 1 egg lightly whisked
- ¼ c. butter melted
- ½ c. flour for dusting
- 1 ¾ c. warm milk
- ½ c. warm water
- 1 tsp. butter melted, for brushing
- Start by greasing a bread tin and set aside. Begin by mixing your salt, baking powder, sugar, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Then in a small bowl, mix your yeast, 1 tsp. sugar, and about 1/2 c. of your warm milk. You're going to mix this very gently before leaving it alone so that it will activate. This should take about 10 minutes before it's nice and foamy.
- Next up, add your egg and activated yeast to your flour mixture and mix gently before adding in the melted butter. The mixture isn't going to come together yet, it will be super lumpy and that's okay. Next, add in the rest of the warm milk and mix using a wooden spoon. As you mix, add in the warm water. The dough should now start coming together into a solid bread dough.
- After you've added all the ingredients, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead the dough until you have a good ball. This should take about 10 minutes or so. When the dough has come together, put it back into a greased bowl and let it rise for about 45 minutes in a warm area. I like to put my oven on warm for a few minutes then turn it off and allow the dough to rise in there. You don't want to put a plastic bowl in the oven though, so if you opt for this method, put it in a metal bowl to rise. Alternatively, you can put the dough in the microwave and close the door. Just don't turn the microwave on. 🙂
- When your dough has doubled in size, punch it down and knead for a minute or two. Form into a loaf shape before putting it in the bread pan. Turn your oven to 400F and let it get nice and toasty. While it's heating, allow the bread dough to rise to the top of the bread pan before brushing the top with melted butter.
- Next, put your pan in the oven for about forty minutes or until it has reached a nice golden color. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack (if you have the self-control) before slicing. Serve with butter and jam and enjoy!