This week for Tyler Florence Fridays I decided to chose a recipe based on necessity. I had planned on baking Tyler's popovers from Stirring the Pot, but we have had too many sweets this week. Instead, I decided on Tyler's Wonderful White Bread so that I could send packed lunches with my husband and daughter. I am also submitting this recipe and post to BYOB/Bake Your Own Bread , which is a wonderful group of bloggers resolving to bake all their own breads at home from scratch.
I try not to buy storebought breads anymore. This is for two reasons. The first reason being that I have recently discovered baking bread and love it. The second reason being that my local store doesn't carry much bread and when they do it is close to expiration. Needless to say, we don't normally have any sandwich bread in the house. Since my daughter needs a brown bag lunch tomorrow I chose this to submit to both TFF and BYOB.
This recipe for wonderful white bread was very easy to put together. I did not have rapid -rising dry yeast so I used my regular active-dry yeast instead. I was careful not to add the yeast until the warmed milk/butter mixture was cooled down to about 110F. Once the dough is kneaded, it needs to rest for 45 minutes to rise. Tyler says not to punch the dough down, but to turn it out onto the counter and form it into a loaf. Cover with cling wrap and allow to rise for another 20 minutes. Before baking, brush with remaining egg white and slash with a knife to allow steam to escape. He suggests boiling 3 cups of water and placing into the oven to create steam and achieve a crispy crust on the bread. I did this and I do believe it paid off. The bread was golden tan on top and just looked marvelous. This bread has the same texture of good quality sandwich bread you are familiar with, except it is fresh and homemade. This recipe is a total keeper and I'm quite sure I will be making it often!! All of Tyler's baking recipes are a surefire hit with me.
Tomorrow I will be using this white bread to make a peanut butter sandwich for my daughter, Olivia. All the kids were required to bring a brown bag lunch for their field day tomorrow. I'm pleasantly surprised that her school is participating in field day. Back when I was in elementary school we had field day at the end of every school year. Each class had their own day and we played all kinds of games, had relay races, ran in potato sacks, and threw water balloons. This is the first year her school has participated in this and I am very excited to go and help out. I wonder how much field day has changed since the 1980's??