Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in butter. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 4 1/4 cups flour and salt to yeast mixture; stir until blended. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).
Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch dough down; let rest 5 minutes. Roll into a 14 x 7-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Roll up rectangle tightly, starting with a short edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal. Place roll, seam side down, in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Uncover dough. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until loaf is browned on the bottom and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove loaf from pan, and cool on a wire rack.
Great Bread! I make this every week. I stopped buying bread - don't want all the added chemicals and it's way cheaper than store bought. I always use King Arthur flour. You can buy it at Target much cheaper than the grocery store and - it's non-GMO. '
Let it rise until doubled, approx 60 mins, then punch it down and let it rise until doubled again.. then I roll mine out with a rolling pin to get rid of all the bubbles, and then roll it up jelly roll style, pinch all edges to seal them, and shape it into a loaf. Put it in your bread pan, brush top with melted butter, cover and let rise for 30 mins, then pop it into your oven. Shouldn't be thick or dense if you do it that way
I made this because we ran out of bread and it was cheaper and easier to make the bread than run out and get more. ( I have little kids) The little ones loved watching me knead it. the bread was great and tastes wonderful with just butter. And it toasts great too. Definitely a nice change from store bought bread. And it was very easy to make, not complicated and all of the ingrediants were things I have on hand most of the time. I will definitely be making this more often.
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