Grandma VanDoren's White Bread

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Marilyn VanDoren Sim
Recipe by  Marilyn VanDoren Sim

“What Grandma used to make! Our family's favorite. The recipe was never written down (that I know of) until she shared it with me when she was in her 90's.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 3 - 1 1/2 pound loaves

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Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, salt, oil, sugar, and 4 cups flour. Mix thoroughly, and let sponge rise until doubled in size.
  2. Gradually add about 4 cups flour, kneading until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl, and turn several times to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled.
  3. Punch down the dough, let it rest a few minutes. Divide dough into three equal parts. Shape into loaves, and place in three 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch greased bread pans. Let rise until almost doubled.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 45 minutes. The loaves may need to be covered for the last few minutes with foil to prevent excess browning.

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Reviews (630)

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SELEA
393

SELEA

Great recipe. I made it like Grandma Van Doren probably did, using regular flour, because I'm sure "bread flour" did not exist when Grandma was feeding her hungry family. Hint: Double the yeast to halve the rising time. It's a real time saver.

ahensnest
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ahensnest

Oh My!! This is a very good recipe. I love to bake bread and hate it when it comes out dense, not so with this one! Nice and light dough, soft chewy crust! I ended up using 4 packets of Rapid Rise Yeast because that's all I had. All purpose flour worked fine as well. I let it rise for an hour in between each step and the cinnamon rolls rose an extra 35 minutes while the bread baked. Made 2 nice loaves and a big batch of 18 cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. YUM! We ate a whole loaf with Peasant soup for dinner and had a cinnamon roll for dessert! I am so full! Nice tangy taste and wonderful texture, don't miss out TRY IT!!!

BRITTANY
275

BRITTANY

Yummy bread and so easy in a mixer. I like to put the loaves in disposable bread pans and throw them in the freezer before they rise. Then I can have home baked bread any day I want. Just leave the frozen dough out on the counter in the morning to rise all day and bake it in the evening. This Bread tastes good with everything, but be careful, it goes quick!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (36 total)

  • Calories
  • 137 cal
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 2.1 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs
  • 25.2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 195 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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