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Family-Style White Bread

October 9, 2014


This basic white bread is one that you can vary many ways. We offer two ways: a raisin bread and a cinnamon loaf. The bread itself is excellent for sandwiches, toasting or just to spread with peanut butter and jelly.

For 2 large 9 1/4-by-5 1/2-inch loaves, you will need:
2 pkgs. active dry yeast
5 to 5 1/2 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup oil or melted shortening
2 cups hot tap water (120° F to 130°F)
Melted butter to brush loaves after baking

Raisin Bread: Stir in 1 to 1/2 cups raisins before shaping into loaves.

Cinnamon Loaf: To shape, roll dough out to a 14-by-7-inch rectangle. Sprinkle mixture with 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon. Roll up tightly to make loaf. Let rise and bake as for plain loaf.

Tips: If you use bread flour, you may need a little less to make a stiff dough than when using all-purpose flour. Both flours make a fine loaf of bread.


1. Measure yeast, 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and oil into large mixing bowl, blending well. Stir in the hot water and beat with spoon until mixture is smooth and satiny.

2. Slowly add 3 cups more flour, mixing until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Cover and let stand 10 min.

3. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and satiny.

4. Place dough into greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place about 1 1/2 hrs. until doubled.

5. Punch dough down. Divide into 2 parts. Shape each part into a loaf. Place into 2 greased 9 1/4-by-5 1/2-inch bread pans. Let rise again about 1 1/2 hours. until doubled.

6. Bake at 375°F 40 to 45 min. or until loaves sound hollow when tapped and are golden in color. Remove from pans immediately. Thrn brush tops with melted butter.

© MCMLXXXIV My Great Recipes. All Rights Reserved. Printed in Holland.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2014 10:25 pm

    Looks yummy!

  2. Altitude5280 permalink
    October 9, 2014 10:53 pm

    Finally a recipe that’s not really weird looking.

  3. October 9, 2014 11:16 pm

    This was a request from a follower for a lost recipe card. If you’ve got one you’re missing, just let me know and I’ll do what I can!

    • October 16, 2014 3:11 pm

      Does anyone have the minestrone soup recipe from McCall’s Great American recipe card collection> I’ve lost mine and would love to make the soup again.


    • Giselle permalink
      February 23, 2015 5:04 am

      Hello. I’m desperately looking for the cheese breadsticks recipe that I lost about 15 years ago. Does anyone possibly have it? If you do, may I please have it? Thank you so much for your time đŸ˜‰

    • Kit permalink
      October 28, 2015 8:30 pm

      Please please please help………I’m looking for the Chocolate Mud Cake card. It was one of my favorites and it’s been missing from my collection for about 2 years now. Can you help?

      • October 29, 2015 9:47 pm

        I’m so sorry, I wish I could, but my set is incomplete and this isn’t one of the cards I have. Hopefully someone else will have it and will post it in reply.

  4. June 15, 2015 12:58 am

    Reblogged this on Make It For Me Now and commented:
    Sounds like it might be a good recipe to try out sometime..

  5. Kit permalink
    November 24, 2015 4:38 am

    I know I asked you already for the Chocolate Mud Cake recipe, but I found a pic online of the card and its in a category that wasn’t expected. Could you check again for me. Should be in section 20 card 41 per the pic. It sure how to post you the pic or I would.
    Thank you!!!

    • November 24, 2015 4:48 am

      Sorry! Wish I could help, but sadly my set is really missing big chunks and from Section 20 I have none of the cards in the 40s.

      • Kit permalink
        November 24, 2015 5:02 am

        Thank you for checking!!!

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