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White Bread

This best homemade White Bread recipe is a Japanese-inspired bread with Yudane dough. It’s so light, fluffy and incredibly soft! Made with simple ingredients.

White Bread

White Bread Ingredients and Substitutes

Yudane dough is made of flour and boiling water. This makes the bread soft and moist. Also helps the bread to stay fresh longer.

Lukewarm milk (110°F-115°F) ideal temperature to activate the yeast.

Active Dry yeast: Instant or rapid rise yeast

Granulated sugar: to add sweetness to the bread and “feed” the yeast. Substitute with honey or maple syrup.

Salt: to flavour the bread

Shortening: unsalted butter or you can use lard.

Flour: Bread Flour is the most ideal, however, All-Purpose Flour can be substituted with the same ratio.

How to Make White Bread

Make the Yudane dough. In a small bowl with the flour, pour the boiling water. Mix until incorporated and sticky. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for up to 3 days.

Proof the yeast. Heat the milk in a saucepan or microwave at a lukewarm temperature or between 112 °F to 115 °F.
Add and mix in the active dry yeast and sugar to feed the yeast.

Make the white bread dough. In a bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, mix the flour, salt and sugar. Add in the Yudane dough and proofed yeast.

Kneading the dough. Knead by hand for 12 minutes or by stand mixer for 8 to 10 minutes. Mix on speed 2 for 5 minutes, then add the butter. Knead for about 3 to 5 more minutes or until smooth and elastic.

Test the dough. Do a windowpane test by stretching the dough without tearing easily to make sure the dough is kneaded enough.

How to make white bread

Proofing the dough. Grease the bowl and the dough with butter or oil. Cover and proof the dough in a warm place for about 1 to 2 hours or until it doubles in size.

Shaping the dough. Deflate the dough and place the dough on a floured board and flatten to remove more air bubbles. Shape into a ball and let it rest for 20 minutes. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough and roll it into a cylindrical shape with the length size of the loaf pan. Pinch the flattened dough end sealed down and transfer to the loaf pan.

Proofing white bread

Final dough proofing. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place until it reaches the loaf pan rim.

Baking the white bread. Bake in a preheated oven at 335°F for 25 to 30 minutes. Cover loosely the top of the bread with aluminum foil after 10 to 15 minutes of baking to avoid a darker crust.

Cooling the white bread. Remove the bread immediately from the loaf pan to avoid the bread steaming and shrinking inside the loaf pan. Let it cool in a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.

Pro Tips:
It’s important to make sure that you are using fresh yeast. Expired yeast will not make the bread dough rise properly.

How to store yeast. Store in a cool dry place or freeze to extend the shelf life and maintain the best quality of the yeast.
To speed up the rising time of the dough: Preheat the oven to 225°F, then turn the oven off. Place the bowl with the dough covered with a plate or kitchen towel in the oven. Let it rise in the oven until it doubled in size.

White bread

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White Bread Recipe

This best homemade White Bread recipe is a Japanese-inspired bread with Yudane dough. It's so light, fluffy and incredibly soft!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Keyword: white bread, white loaf bread
Author: Maricel
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
rising: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 12 slices

Watch How to Make It

Equipment

  • loaf pan

Ingredients

For the Yudane dough

  • 40 g bread flour
  • 50 ml boiling water

For the yeast mixture

  • 175 ml milk or water (lukewarm) 110°F to 115°F
  • tsp active dry yeast
  • ½ tbsp sugar

For the white bread dough

  • 275 g Bread flour divided 2 tbsp for dusting
  • tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Yudane
  • Yeast mixture
  • tbsp unsalted butter softened

Instructions

  • Make the Yudane dough. In a small bowl with the flour, pour the boiling water. Mix until incorporated and sticky. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for up to 3 days.
  • Proof the yeast. Heat the milk in a saucepan or microwave at lukewarm temperature or between 112 °F to 115 °F. Add and mix in the active dry yeast and sugar to feed the yeast.
  • Make the white bread dough. In a bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, mix the flour, salt and sugar. Add in the Yudane dough and proofed yeast.
  • Kneading the dough. Knead by hand for 12 minutes or by stand mixer for 8 to 10 minutes. Mix on speed 2 for 5 minutes, then add the butter. Knead for about 3 to 5 more minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  • Test the dough. Do a windowpane test by stretching the dough without tearing easily to make sure the dough is kneaded enough.
  • Proofing the dough. Grease the bowl and the dough with butter or oil. Cover and proof the dough in a warm place for about 1 to 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  • Shaping the dough. Deflate the dough and place the dough on a floured board and flatten to remove more air bubbles. Shape into a ball and let it rest for 20 minutes. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough and roll it into a cylindrical shape with the length size of the loaf pan. Pinch the flattened dough end sealed down and transfer in the loaf pan.
  • Final dough proofing. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place until it reaches the loaf pan rim.
  • Baking the white bread. Bake in a preheated oven at 335°F for 25 to 30 minutes. Cover loosely the top of the bread with aluminum foil after 10 to 15 minutes of baking to avoid a darker crust.
  • Cooling the bread. Remove the bread immediately from the loaf pan to avoid the bread steaming and shrinking inside the loaf pan. Let it cool in a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.

Notes

Bake in preheated oven at 335°F for 25 to 30 minutes middle rack. After 10 minutes of baking, cover the top of the bread loosely with aluminum foil to avoid a darker crust
It's important to make sure that you are using fresh yeast. Expired yeast will not make the bread dough rise properly.
How to store yeast. Store in a cool dry place or freeze to extend the shelf life and maintain the best quality of the yeast.
To speed up the rising time of the dough: Preheat the oven to 225°F, then turn the oven off. Place the bowl with the dough, cover with a plate or kitchen towel in the oven. Let it rise in the oven until it doubled in size.
Nutrition Facts
White Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 68IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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