Rating: 4.5 stars
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
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  • 1 star values: 0

This top-rated bread has a tender crumb and soft crust.

Recipe by Southern Living September 2010

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Credit: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe Summary

total:
3 hrs 50 mins
Yield:
Makes 2 loaves
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine yeast, warm water, and 2 tsp. sugar in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in eggs, next 3 ingredients, 3 cups flour, and remaining sugar. Beat dough at medium speed, using paddle attachment, until smooth. Gradually beat in remaining 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour until a soft dough forms.

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  • Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 to 10 minutes), sprinkling surface with flour as needed. Place dough in a lightly greased large bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85º), free from drafts, about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

  • Punch dough down; turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half.

  • Roll each dough half into an 18- x 9-inch rectangle. Starting at 1 short end, tightly roll up each rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, pressing to seal edges as you roll. Pinch ends of dough to seal, and tuck ends under dough. Place each dough roll, seam side down, in a lightly greased 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Brush tops with oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85º), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

  • Preheat oven to 375º. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until loaves are deep golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to a wire rack, and brush loaves with melted butter. Let cool completely (about 1 hour).

  • Try These Twists!

  • Country Crust Wheat Bread: Substitute 3 cups wheat flour for 3 cups bread flour.

  • Country Crust Cheese Bread: Sprinkle 1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese onto each dough rectangle before rolling up.

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