Unleashing the Comfort of White Mountain Bread
When you hunger for a filling, warm relief, often the simplest recipes bring the most comfort. White Mountain Bread is a classic old-world recipe, an easy-to-make delicious treat that can nurture a family during cold winter nights. From humble origins, it has become a beloved dream of warmth and comfort for generations of bakers.
– 3 cups white bread flour
– 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 2 tablespoons butter, melted
– 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
– 1 1/2 cup warm water
1. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients – flour, salt, sugar, and yeast – together.
2. Add the melted butter and warm water, stirring until fully combined.
3. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, until it is well-mixed, soft, and smooth.
4. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place for an hour or two.
5. Punch the dough down and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead again for another 5 minutes.
6. Put the dough in a greased round baking pan and cover with a damp towel. Let rise for another hour.
7. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for about 30 minutes, until the top of the loaf is golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
8. Let cool before slicing and serving.
White Mountain Bread’s humble beginnings and sure-fire deliciousness make it a handy crowd-pleaser – but there is a distinct complexity of flavor that hints at something much more than a simple recipe. The slight sweetness of the loaf comes from the addition of a little sugar as well as the comforting taste of melted butter, making each bite a dreamy indulgence.
Combined with its soft, pillowy texture and golden crust, it’s easy to see why White Mountain Bread is so beloved – the perfect accompaniment to soups, salads and stews, it will quickly become an instant classic in your kitchen. For more savory takes on this comforting classic, why not try switching up the flour for rye or spelt, or adding herbs such as rosemary or sage as you knead the dough? Mixing and combining flavors keeps this timeless recipe alive, and each twist bring a newfound spark of joy to the plate.