You can’t make a great sandwich without the perfect bread! Our classic recipe takes the mystery out of bread-making so you can enjoy the comforting aroma and incredible taste of homemade bread anytime. It’s like serving love by the slice.
approximately 1.5 hours of rising time
- 2 cups (500 ml) water, warmed (110°F or 43°C), divided 2 cups (500 ml) water, warmed (110°F or 43°C), divided
- ¼ cup (50 g) Redpath® Granulated Sugar, divided ¼ cup (50 g) Redpath® Granulated Sugar, divided
- 4 tsp (14 g) instant yeast 4 tsp (14 g) instant yeast
- ⅔ cup (167 ml) milk, warmed (110°F or 43°C) ⅔ cup (167 ml) milk, warmed (110°F or 43°C)
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) canola or vegetable oil 3 tbsp (45 ml) canola or vegetable oil
- 8⅓ cups (1000 g) bread flour, divided 8⅓ cups (1000 g) bread flour, divided
- 1 tbsp (18 g) salt 1 tbsp (18 g) salt
In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir 1 teaspoon (4 g) Redpath® Granulated Sugar into ½ cup (125 ml) warm water. Sprinkle in the instant yeast and stir to dissolve. Let sit until mixture is foamy; 5 to 10 minutes.
Add in the remaining warm water, the remaining Redpath® Granulated Sugar, warm milk, and oil. Stir to combine. Add in 5 cups (600 grams) of the bread flour and the salt. Using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed until just combined.
Switch to the dough hook. Mix on low speed and gradually add the remaining flour into the bowl until it begins to form a soft, yet tacky dough; you may not need all the flour.
Continue to knead the dough until dough begins to come away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball; 8 to 10 minutes. This part can also be done by hand.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead until it forms a soft, smooth, supple ball of dough that holds its shape when held in the palm of your hand; 10 to 15 minutes.
Lightly oil a large bowl. Place the dough rounded side down first, and flip it over to ensure the dough is lightly greased; this prevents the dough from sticking to the plastic wrap or damp, lint-free kitchen towel placed over the bowl. Place the covered bowl in a warm, draft-free location to rise until doubled in size; about 45 minutes.
Grease two 9 x 5 loaf pans with baking spray, butter, or oil. Set aside.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently flatten the dough to redistribute the gasses in the dough. Divide the dough in half (approximately 876 grams). Pat each half of the dough into a rectangle (9 x 16 inch).
Starting from one of the shorter ends (9-inch side), firmly roll up the dough. Seal the seam and ends, by pinching the dough together. Place into the prepared loaf pan, seam side down.
Repeat the process with the second piece of dough. Cover loaf pans loosely with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and place in a warm, draft-free location until dough has risen about an inch above the rim of the pan; 30 to 45 minutes.
While the bread is proofing, preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C).
Loaves are ready to be baked when the indentation from a gentle poke with a finger slowly fills back. If poked and the indentation fills in immediately, the dough needs more proofing time.
Place the loaves into the preheated oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf registers 190°F (88°C).
Let cool slightly in the pan; 10 minutes. Turn out loaves and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before slicing. Completely cooled loaves can be placed into a resealable plastic bag or wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 4 days at room temperature, or can be wrapped in plastic wrap, placed into a freezer safe bag and frozen up to 6 months.
*All-purpose flour can be used in place of the bread flour. Note that the resulting bread will have less “chew” to it.
*Non-dairy milk (eg. oat milk) can be used in place of the milk for a vegan alternative.
*Melted butter can be used in place of the oil in the recipe.
*Active dry yeast can be used in place of the instant dry yeast; rising times may take longer.