(I let my bread machine do the mixing, kneading and rising...it is SOOO slick that way!)
6 c. unbleached white flour (really any white flour will do, but I don't like bleach in my bread)
1 pkg (or 2 T.) active dry yeast
2 1/4 c milk (may substitute some cream or the buttermilk that comes out of your butter making - HOWEVER, too much cream will make your bread very crumbly
1 T. butter (or an extra dash of cream/buttermilk)
2 T. sugar (I use organic sugar)
2 1/2 tsp. salt
Simply measure all of these ingredients (in any order) into your bread machine and set it on "Dough" - let the machine do the work! Takes about 1 1/2 hours in the bread machine. When it is done, turn it out on a floured work surface, and knead it about 3-5 times before letting it set for about 20 minutes under a towel. While it is sitting, I preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and I VERY liberally spray my glass loaf pans - the bread WILL stick anywhere that isn't sprayed or buttered. After the dough has had time to sit and rise again, divide it in half and roll it up nice so that the "seam" is underneath, and the top is nice and smooth when you plop them into the loaf pans. Put a towel over the top of these and let them rise again just until they are over the top of the loaf pan.
I'm sure this depends on different ovens (I have a gas stove that is very hot on the bottom, so I put them higher in the oven). I cook these for 30 minutes and then for another 10 minutes I put a piece of tinfoil over the top of each loaf so it quits browning on the top. If you tap the loaf and it sounds kind of "hollow" and it is a golden brown all the way around, it is done!
Pop the loaves out on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes before you cut into them. I found that if I cut into them too soon, they "bunched" up where I was cutting and smashed the bread needlessly. It needs to sort of "set up" or something before you cut into it.
~because now you KNOW what is in it & it is too easy not to~
1. First thing, you need HEAVY double whipping cream (should be about at least 40% milk fat)
(I love making my own butter, as I can buy Organic - Hormone Free cream for this)
2. Put it in your stand mixer, and set it on Medium speed until it looks like this: