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The Best Homemade White Bread

The Best Homemade White Bread. Bread baking is on the rise because nothing says home baked comfort food goodness like a perfectly baked crusty loaf of homemade bread, fresh from the oven. This recipe is well over 40 years old and turns out perfectly every time.

The Best Homemade White Bread

The Best Homemade White Bread

When I think of Newfoundland baking, the first thing that comes to mind is homemade bread rising high above large bread pans in 2 or 3 bun loaves. As a child of the 60’s and 70’s in Newfoundland, it was still the rule rather than the exception to find homemade bread in many homes.

The women in my extended family all still made homemade bread during my childhood.

With freezers in most homes by that point, though, daily bread baking was no longer necessary. Still many baked at least once or twice a week.

molasses and butter spread on a slice of Homemade White Bread

Molasses & butter on fresh baked bread is a real Newfoundland tradition.

Who made the best homemade white bread?

Debates within the family were common on the topic of who made the best bread. A good deal of pride was taken in the ability to turn out a good batch.

…I always liked my moms twin sister, Aunt Moo’s (Muriel), the best. 😉

Some senior ladies with large families of 10 or more children have told me numerous stories over the years. Stories of baking large batches of 8, 10, 12 or more loaves every day. Plus

twice on Saturdays so as to avoid baking on a Sunday.

It was hard work back then keeping all of those kids fed. I don’t think most would be up to the task these days.

The Best Homemade White Bread

The Best Homemade White Bread

Nan’s Homemade White Bread loaves were huge!

The loaves seemed much larger in those days and not just because I was much smaller! I’ve seen some pretty big bread pans used in my time.

I remember it was necessary to trim the side off a slice of Nan Morgan’s bread just to get it in her drop down side toaster. That’s the old fashioned kind that only toasted on one side and you had to turn the slice over to toast the other side.

Coming from a large family myself, the second side was almost never toasted. That’s because it would have taken too long to make toast for all of our tribe.

I must have been about 10 before I had bread toasted on both sides. LOL!

Can of Fussell's Cream opened with spoon inside

Fussell’s Cream. The perfect topper for pies, tarts and many desserts.

One of the things we all enjoyed back when I was growing up was  thick slices of fresh bread topped with jam and Fussels canned cream. Now that I think of it, that was very much like what the British do with scones.

Nowadays I sometimes make Homemade Clotted Cream which is just amazing too!

White bread with jam and cream on a white plate.

Homemade bread with jam and cream. A taste of my childhood.

I still adore it to this day. Most recently I had it with our Partridgeberry Apple Jam. It definitely brought me strait back to childhood. 

Keeping a tradition alive.

It is now much more of a rarity to find families who bake bread on a regular basis. However, I have tried to keep that tradition as part of my own family life.

I have been baking bread with my own children since they have been able to stand on chairs at the table and knead their own little balls of dough.

They still love making it and my son in particular cannot go more than a few days without his fix of homemade bread. Although we try to encourage more whole grain varieties these days. Still, he’d take plain homemade white bread over any other kind.

The Best Homemade White Bread

The Best Homemade White Bread

Homemade White Bread in smaller batches.

These days we make much smaller batches in much smaller bread pans, usually no more than a couple of loaves at a time. Often, I now prefer to use disposable aluminum loaf pans that make more toaster friendly sized slices.

Recently I’ve acquired some very nice narrower, longer pans that make ideal sized slices. It much less likely to over bake your bread in aluminum pans as they do not carry the heat as much as heavier pans.

Recently, I received an email request for a good basic homemade bread recipe from a young Newfoundlander living in Alberta. She wanted a recipe for “real Newfoundland Homemade bread.”

I don’t know that such a thing definitively exists. But, I can give you the recipe that I have been using myself with slight evolutions for over 30 years.

So go make bread and share it. You’re bound to make someone happy.

 

The Best Homemade White Bread

The Best Homemade White Bread

Don’t forget the toutons!!

There is no way to talk about making homemade bread in Newfoundland without mentioning one thing. The joys of one of the province’s favourites, Toutons!

If you’ve never tried these pan fried pieces of leftover bread dough, you are in for a serious treat. I talk all about Toutons in this post.

Newfoundland Toutons, a real local favourite!

Toutons – a real Newfoundland favourite!

Measuring flour correctly.

It is easy to over measure flour for any recipe by as much as 30% or more as you can see in the photo below. Both are one cup of flour but one weighs much more. Read more on how to avoid this common baking pitfall in our post on How to Measure Flour Correctly.

How to Measure Flour Correctly. Two photo collage showing the weight of a cup of flour measured two different ways.

How you measure flour is important. It can result in mis-measurement of up to 34%.

2020 update on an often asked question.

Many people have asked about the shape of the loaves we bake here in Newfoundland. I do not have a definitive answer for the reason for a 3 bun loaf, although we mostly made 2 bun loaves when I as growing up.

I’ve been told there is a connection to the Holy Trinity, and was a way of blessing the loaf so that it would rise well. I know many traditional bakers who would make the sign of the cross over the bread when it was set out to rise.  So, this does make sense to me.

Others say it’s so that there will be more “love slices” or “kissing slices”. Those are the slices cut from where the dough balls meet. 

The crust on these slices is a little softer from being in that slightly sheltered crater between the individual loaf sections. In may families they were always the preferred slices. I know a few families where the kids always fought over them.

Whatever the reason, it seems to be a particular baking quirk from this part of the world. Try it. You may begin fighting for a “love slice ” yourself. 

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Originally published January 2008. Updated March 2020.

The Best Homemade White Bread
Yield: 2 medium sized loaves

The Best Homemade White Bread

Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

The Best Homemade White Bread - nothing says home baked comfort food goodness like a perfectly baked crusty loaf of homemade bread, fresh from the oven. This recipe is well over 40 years old and turns put perfectly every time.

Ingredients

  • 6 1/2 cups (approximately) all purpose or bread flour
  • 1 pkg, 5 grams traditional active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp fine salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 cups lukewarm whole milk
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water

Instructions

  1. Dissolve 1 tbsp of the sugar in the half cup of lukewarm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the surface of the water and let stand for about 15 minutes until the yeast foams well, then stir it up.If you prefer to use instant yeast, just add it to the flour mixture in the instruction below.
  2. Combine 3 cups of the flour along with the 2 tbsp sugar and 2 tsp salt in a large bowl or in the bowl of a large electric mixer that uses a dough hook.
  3. Add the prepared yeast, melted butter and warm milk.
  4. Using a wooden spoon or the regular paddle of your electric mixer mix for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is smooth with no lumps.

Mixer or hand kneading

  1. If using an electric mixer, switch to the dough hook at this point and begin to slowly incorporate the remaining 3 1/2 cups of flour. If not using an electric mixer keep mixing in the flour gradually until a soft dough forms that leaves the sides of the bowl. (Note: You may need to use a little more flour. Depends on the time of year and humidity sometimes. If you have a to add another 1/2 cup or so, don't worry. Add only enough flour to form a dough that releases from the sides of the bowl and remains slightly tacky but able to be handled with your bare hands.)
  2. Turn the dough out onto the counter top or bread board to knead.
  3. Knead the dough for an additional 10 minutes either in the electric mixer or using your hands on a bread board or counter top.

The rise

  1. Cover dough and leave to rest and rise for one hour. Punch the dough down and knead it for a few minutes by hand before letting it rest for another 10 minutes.
  2. Grease 2 medium loaf pans. Divide the dough into 4-6 equal portions. Form each division into a ball. Place 2 or 3 balls of dough in each loaf pan.
  3. Cover with a clean tea towel and allow the dough to rise until it is about 2 inches above the rim of the pan, about 2 hours depending on room temperature.

Cold proofing

  1. (NOTE: At this stage, the bread dough can be cold proofed overnight in the fridge if you want to serve it freshly baked early the next day or just want to save time in advance. Just cover the pans with a clean tea towel. You can spray the surface of the dough with water from a spray bottle to prevent the surface of the dough balls from becoming too dry if you like but this is not really necessary with the humidity in most fridges. Just remove the pans from the fridge in the morning and allow them to finish raising to about 2 inches above the pan rim as shown in the photo above, which could be another 1-2 hours and bake as directed below.)

Baking

  1. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the pans that you are using. The loaves should have a golden crust and sound hollow when tapped to be fully baked.
  2. When baked, turn loaves out onto a wire rack to cool. Brush the tops with melted butter if desired to soften the top crust.

Notes

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

20

Serving Size

g

Amount Per Serving Calories 63Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 7mgSodium 257mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 2g

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Goldie O’Brien

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Hey Barry, thanks for the recipe! I have made this a few times and it has always turned out perfectly, by far the closest I have come to my Mom’s homemade bread! I grew up in Upper Gullies and having homemade bread a couple of times a week was a normal thing, fresh bread on the table by noon. She started making bread when she was 8, standing on a kitchen chair at the table kneading bread, by the time I showed up, it was no big deal to make fresh bread and for me, its an all day event. Was wondering if you think this recipe would still work if I substituted in whole wheat flour, more like 60/40 white flour to whole wheat? This recipe is so good, we eat too much now and I’m looking for a healthier option. Thanks again!

Kathy

Saturday 9th of January 2021

I have made this several times, using my Kitchen Aide mixer, and it comes out beautiful. I let it rise to give me 3 loaves, or 2 loaves and a dz brea$ rolls.DELICIOUS.

Marsha Beardsley

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

I'm going to try this bread recipe. It looks yummy.

Glady Cousins

Monday 14th of December 2020

Hi Barry, Just wondering if I double the recipe, do I also double the amount of water for the yeast too?

Andrea

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Making this right now! ...but going to make it into pan rolls. Hope it works out!

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