Ina Garten says she doesn’t usually spend time making bread, but that this is her foolproof recipe for the “good white bread” that she calls for in many of her recipes. It is nice egg bread that had a very even grain. Like many egg breads, it gets dry quickly, and she and I both recommend freezing the second loaf to use later. I like to use egg bread for French toast; if you do, slice the bread ¾” to 1” thick.
I altered the method to use instant or “bread” yeast, and added the weights of ingredients for you. Check out our mixer bread information HERE. Remember, you can also make this recipe by hand too, the way I did for years. I used 4 ½ x 8 ½” Calphalon bread pans; they are a good size for a 3 cups of flour loaf. The egg white wash gives a nice, crisp, but not chewy crust.
Honey White Bread
½ Cup Water
1 ½ Cups Whole Milk
6 Cups Flour, All-purpose -- 1# 11 ounces
4 Teaspoons Instant Yeast
1 Teaspoon Sugar
6 Tablespoons Butter -- 3/4 stick (3 ounces)
1 ½ Tablespoons Honey
2 Extra Large Egg -- Yolks
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Extra Large Egg White -- lightly beaten
Heat water and milk to 120-125°.
Place flour except 1 cup in mixer bowl. Add yeast, sugar, salt, softened butter, honey and egg yolks. Add liquids and beat 5 minutes. Add remaining flour until dough doesn't stick to bowl. Knead on speed 2 for 8 minutes, adding flour if necessary.
Let rest 10 minutes. Shape into 2 loaves, (about 1# 9 ¼ ounces each), place in greased 9 x 5" loaf pans.
Let rise until 1" above pan (or doubled), about 25 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350° while loaves are rising. When the dough is ready, brush the tops with egg white and bake the breads for 40-45 minutes, until they sound hollow when tapped. Turn them out of the pans and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
2012 Cost: $2.38 or $1.1.19 per loaf
"Barefoot Contessa At Home"
Yield: "2 Loaves"
Per Serving: 120 Calories; 3g Fat (23.3% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 19g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 21mg Cholesterol; 234mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.