Aap ki Rasoi Se / From your Kitchen : White Sandwich Bread : Recipe by Apoorwa Patwardhan

1 Envelopes of Yeast (2 ¼ tsp )
2 tsp of Salt
2 Tbsp of Sugar
3 Tbsp of Vegetable Shortening or butter, melted
1 ¼ cup of Warm Milk 
3 + 1/2 cups of Bread Flour

Method :

1. In a small bowl, add the water, sugar, shortening and yeast. Let it sit for a few minutes until the yeast is activated.
2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, fitted with a dough hook attachment, add flour, salt and the yeast milk mixture.(If not by hand)
3. Knead the dough for just a few minutes or until it comes together. 
4. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and continue to knead until the dough is nice and smooth.(Use 1/2 cup flour for this)
5. Lightly grease a large bowl, place the dough in the greased bowl, brush the top with a little oil and cover with plastic wrap.
6. Place in a warm draft free spot and let it rise for about an hour and a half to two hours or until doubled in size.
7. Grease a 9x5” loaf pan with some vegetable oil and set aside.
8. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead it for a minute just to pull it together. Form it into a loaf, place it in the greased loaf pan (seam side down) cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rise for another hour or so or until doubled once more.
9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, bake your bread for about 40 minutes or so or until lightly golden brown. If you see the bread turning brown too quickly, tent it with a little foil to stop it from getting too dark. Allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.

10. As soon as the bread comes out, rub the top with a moist piece of paper towel (don’t add too much water otherwise your bread can get soggy) If you prefer a soft crust on your bread.

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