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There must be tens of thousands of recipes for white bread. This one from Kneadlessly Simple is a country-style white. It's a hearty bread with personality, not a fluffy lightweight, delicate thing.
It doesn't have a whole lot of oven spring and the top stayed fairly flat, but the bread does plenty of rising before baking, so it has an open crumb. The long overnight rise adds plenty of flavor as well.
The second mix was a little difficult; the gluten was well-developed at that point but the process itself was interesting. I was tempted to dig my hands in and knead, but instead continued with the mixing and it all worked out in the end.
This would be perfect for slathering with peanut butter or for a hearty Sloppy Joe. It's also great toasted.
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About the author: Donna Currie has been cooking for fun and writing for pay since the days when typewritten articles traveled by snail mail. When she combined those talents in a food column for a newspaper in her area, she realized that writing about food is almost as much fun as eating. You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie or @cookistry.