We interrupt IHSW to bring you this blog post. I made bread!!! I searched & searched & searched online for "the perfect old fashioned white bread recipe." I found a bunch of them but one sort of called out to me. I know someone is going to ask me what the recipe is so I will tell you ... it's Traditional White Bread Recipe (it has a 5 star rating) & you can find it here on Allrecipes.com. It's a simple recipe I suppose. I did know that making bread takes a bit of muscle. For whatever reason, my upper body strength has always been weak so mixing the dough was quite a feat as was the 8 minutes of kneading it ... but I survived, albeit with some soreness lingering today. I substituted butter for lard (it was noted you could do that if you'd like) & likewise greased my bowl with butter rather than with oil during the rising process.
I punched it down & put it in loaf pans for the second rising. Once again I achieved success : )