This Super Soft Basic Bread Recipe is easy, fluffy and simply delicious. The texture is as good as fresh bakery bread. Perfect to make sandwiches, dinner bread or simply add on some butter to relish fresh bakery-style bread.
- all-purpose flour 2 ½ cups 300 grams
- milk powder 3 tablespoons 30 grams
- salt ½ teaspoon 2 grams
- warm water ½ cup + ½ cup 120 ml + 120 ml
- instant dry yeast 1 ½ teaspoon 5 grams
- sugar 3 tablespoons 40 grams
- milk 1 tablespoon 15 grams
- butter 2 tablespoon + 1 tablespoons room temperature (30 grams + 15 grams)
- Oil for greasing the bowl
In a bowl, combine the sugar and ½ cup (120 ml) warm water. Add the yeast, stir and set aside for 5-6 mins. This mixture should turn frothy.
In another bowl, add the all-purpose flour, milk powder, and salt. Mix well. Make a well in the center and add the frothy yeast mixture to it. Using a spoon mix all of it together. Add the remaining ½ cup (120 ml) water a little at a time. Mix well. Add water only as required. The dough should turn slightly sticky (not too sticky)
Knead well for 7-8 mins and place this dough in a bowl greased with oil, cling wrap the bowl. Proof the dough for 40 mins or until double in size. Once done, punch the dough back, add 2 tablespoons (30 grams) of butter and knead it for 7-8 mins again. Proof for 30 mins and re-punch the dough.
Once done, bring the dough onto a surface dusted with flour and form a smooth log shape according to the size of the baking loaf dish (I used a 7-inch rectangular loaf tin). Place the dough in it and let it double in size, should take about 30-40 mins
In a small bowl, combine the milk and 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Brush it onto the top of the loaf
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 30-40 mins until the top turns dark golden brown and feels firm
Remove from the oven and brush on some more butter and milk onto it. There you have a Super Soft Basic Bread
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