Time Required: 4 hours

Amy's Thanksgiving Bread

Truly the best bread. It's simple, it's easy, and it's delicious.

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Notes:

This recipe comes from my aunt Amy, who makes this every year for Thanksgiving. It's a holiday full of amazing foods, and yet this is the thing the whole family actively looks forward to all year. It's that good.This bread also makes amazing toast with butter. Trust me.

As-written, this recipe is a standard white bread. You can always add additional seasonings to the flour before mixing the dough if you want a flavored loaf.

Amy's Thanksgiving Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water (~110°F)
  • ~6 cups flour, plus additional
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar

Steps

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a warm mixing bowl.
  2. Dissolve sugar into the mixture. Let sit for roughly 10 minutes until foamy.
  3. Add the salt and 2 cups of flour to the mixture and stir until evenly combined.
  4. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, begin mixing the dough on low to medium speed.
  5. Continue mixing, adding in the rest of the flour, plus additional if needed. Add as much flour as the dough will hold.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface.
  7. Knead the dough for 6-8 minutes, adding in flour as needed if the dough sticks persistently to your hands or the surface. Knead until the dough is moderately stiff, smooth, and elastic.
  8. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a large bowl greased with olive oil, turning the dough over once to coat it evenly in the oil.
  9. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled, roughly 1 ¼ hours.
  10. Punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly-floured surface.
  11. Split the dough into 2 balls, cover them with a towel, and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  12. Grease two loaf pans with butter and optionally line them with parchment paper for easier bread removal later.
  13. Shape each ball into a loaf and place them into the greased loaf pans.
  14. Brush the loaves with melted butter, cover them loosely with plastic wrap, and let them rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes or until nearly doubled.
  15. While the loaves rise, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  16. Uncover the loaves and bake them for 45 minutes or until baked through. The bread is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 200F or when they sound hollow when you tap the top of the loaves.
  17. Remove the loaves from the pans as soon as they're out of the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
  18. Slice the loaves and enjoy!
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