Country White Bread Recipe

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  1. Make the starter:.
  2. Using the starter ingredients listed above, combine water and yeast in medium bowl. Stir to dissolve yeast. Add flour and stir until thoroughly mixed. Cover with a cloth and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before using in the dough.
  3. Make the dough:.
  4. Using the dough ingredients listed above, combine the water, honey, and yeast in the bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer. Stir to mix thoroughly. Add shortening, flour, salt, and starter. Mix ingredients on low speed, with the mixer, until the dough is smooth and elastic (this usually takes me about 8 - 10 minutes). To test it for elasticity, I pinch off a piece of dough, and stretch it between both thumbs and my fingers into a square. If the center stretches and becomes thin (like a windowpane) it's perfect. If the dough breaks easily instead of stretching, it's not ready yet. When ready, remove dough from mixing bowl.
  5. Divide the dough into two halves. Form each into a smooth ball. (You can wrap and freeze one of the loaves at this point.) Place the dough on the counter, or in a proofing basket, and cover with a warm, damp cloth. Rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Form the dough into a loaf shape (free form or use a loaf pan), and cover with a warm, damp cloth. Let rest another 30 minutes.
  7. Baking the bread:.
  8. Score the loaf (loaves) with a sharp knife. Spritz with some water and place in the pre-heated oven (if making a free form loaf, place on a preheated baking stone). Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown, and the temperature in the middle of the loaf is about 195ºF. I use a digital probe thermometer to test the temperature.
  9. Remove the bread from the oven and from the pan (if using one). Let cool about 30 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 836.6 Kcal (3503 kJ)
Calories from fat 143.24 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.92g 24%
Cholesterol 7.77mg 3%
Sodium 1751.94mg 73%
Potassium 229.47mg 5%
Total Carbs 150.71g 50%
Sugars 12.92g 52%
Dietary Fiber 6.2g 25%
Protein 19.17g 38%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 0%
Iron 1.9mg 10%
Calcium 40.2mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 261.03 Kcal (1093 kJ)
Calories from fat 44.69 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.97g 24%
Cholesterol 2.42mg 3%
Sodium 546.62mg 73%
Potassium 71.6mg 5%
Total Carbs 47.02g 50%
Sugars 4.03g 52%
Dietary Fiber 1.93g 25%
Protein 5.98g 38%
Iron 0.6mg 10%
Calcium 12.6mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 17.3
  • 22

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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