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Walter Sands' Basic White Bread

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: Brinna Sands, entered by Susan Reid

Walter Sands' Basic White Bread Recipe Walter Sands' Basic White Bread Recipe

Walter Sands, one-time president and owner of the King Arthur Flour company, was a member of just one of the many generations of the Sands family associated with the business. Walter made this bread faithfully once a week for years. Because of his arthritic hands, he used a bread bucket with a crank, which kneaded hundreds of loaves of this fragrant, soft sandwich bread with all its happy associations. The recipe makes two loaves, and we'll show you how to turn the second into a raisin-cinnamon swirl variation for an extra treat.

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At a glance

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Total
Yield
2 loaves, 32 slices
Nutrition information

Ingredients

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Dough

Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Pour the warm water into a mixing bowl. Add and let dissolve the sugar or honey and then the yeast.
  2. When the yeast is bubbling, add the butter, 3 cups of flour, the dry milk, and salt. Mix together.
  3. Stir in another 2 1/2 cups of flour, keeping the last 1/2 cup in reserve. Knead the dough for 3 to 4 minutes, until it begins to behave as if it belongs together. Cover and let the dough rest while you clean and grease the mixing bowl.
  4. Continue kneading for 3 or 4 more minutes, until the dough feels smooth and springy. Use up to 1/2 cup of the reserved flour, if necessary, to keep the dough from sticking to the kneading surface.
  5. Place the dough in the greased bowl, turn it over to coat both sides, and cover the bowl. Let it rise in a draft-free place until doubled, 1 to 2 hours. Deflate the dough, and divide it in half. Form into loaves (or make into cinnamon-raisin bread as described in tips, below), and place in greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" pans. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until the dough domes an inch above the rim of the pans.
  6. After the dough has been rising for 20 minutes, preheat the oven to 350°F. When the loaves are sufficiently risen, bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until nicely browned and the center of the loaves reads 190°F when measured with an instant-read thermometer. Remove from the oven and tip the breads out of their pans. Place on a rack to cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 slice, 41g
  • Servings Per Batch 32
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 94
  • Calories from Fat 9
  • Total Fat 1g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 2mg
  • Sodium 153mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 18g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.