Old Fashioned White Bread From Scratch
My Grandma’s famous (in our family) bread recipe. I have so many memories of eating toast in the mornings in her kitchen. We thought it was the best bread on earth, and when I make it now for my kids, they think it is too.
My Grandma Georgia was an original do it yourselfer! She never bought bread her whole life. She made quilts to keep her family warm. She canned food for the winter. She lived simply and she LOVED it!
She said that the days of living in a small mountain town, (really not a town, imagine the middle of the woods) with her husband and 8 children were the best. She would have gone back to those days in a heartbeat.
Why? They had not indoor toilet, electricity, washing machines, dishwashers, only a radio for entertainment. No shopping malls, restaurants or private schools, ( In fact my Dad and his siblings went to a one room school house!)
It was a simple life, quiet, of hunting for meat, growing your vegetables, her kids milked the cow then ran and played outdoors all day in the summer, she didn’t worry about them. She was near her parents and family, she worked on quilts with her sisters’ and after a hard days work and play they came together for dinner and afterwards she read aloud by lamplight to her family from a good book. Sometimes I actually long for that life too.
When I was a girl, one of my favorite things about going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house was getting to eat her homemade bread. For breakfast they would have bacon, eggs and toast, (everyday) and she would toast it perfectly in her toaster oven. She would top it off with clear, sweet red jelly. It was the most delicious thing! She was probably in awe of the quantity that 3 kids could eat up!
When my Grandma passed away, I decided that I wanted to continue her tradition, (as I know my aunts and some cousins do) of making her homemade bread. I practiced, (because lets face it to get good at anything in life we have to put in the time and practice) until it tasted just like hers.
It makes my heart so happy to see my kids’ faces and hear their exclamations of, “Mom! This is amazing!” and, “Oh. Your. Bread!” I hope Grandma Georgia smiles down a bit at us, and remembers us at her table.
I have learned as I am now a more experienced baker, that I can change this recipe in several ways. It does change the overall flavor and texture from the original, but if you want to add some healthier options you can and it is still delicious.
Substitutions: Honey for the sugar, olive or canola oil for the Crisco, or 1/2 C. applesauce for the oils, you can add whole wheat flour about 1/2 and 1/2.
Grandma Georgia’s white bread from Scratch
- 4 C. scalded milk
- 4 TBSP shortening (melt in milk)
- 4 TBSP sugar
- 2 TBSP yeast or 3 packages
- 1 TBSP salt
- 8-12 C. flour
You can scald the milk in a pan or in a large bowl in the microwave. It is scaled when you see a thin film across the top of the milk. Add to your Bosch or Kitchenaid mixer. Add sugar, let milk cool until warm.
Add yeast and let activate. Add a few cups of flour. Add in salt, and mix in as much flour as needed to have the ball of dough pull away from the sides of mixer.
Knead in mixer for a few minutes, turn out onto lightly floured countertop and knead by hand. Kneading white bread dough is so good for the consistency of the bread. Add a little more flour IF it is still sticky to the touch. Too much flour will make dry bread.
About this time Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
When dough is well mixed, generously oil a large bowl and place dough ball and turn to oil the bottom and top. Let raise to double it’s original size.
Punch down, knead a few times, separate into 4 equal balls, shape into loaves on a lightly oiled counter, place in greased bread pans, oiling tops of loaves.
Let raise again, about double in size. Cook 15-20 min. at 350. Bread will be golden brown. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes and then turn out onto cooling racks.
while it is still warm, cut a nice slice and slather butter on it! Enjoy!