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You will find this bread uses just simple 7 everyday ingredients to make. Try it today!
This is a simple loaf of soft white bread that is easy even for beginners. You can either bake it in the bread machine or in the oven. Great for everyday, no-frills kind of bread!
I was revisiting some of my older posts and recipes that I tried years ago. And I came to this 5 Stars Soft White Bread by a Japanese author, which I really like back then 🙂
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I remembered I just started on the bread machine at that time, and was really clueless in making bread. So, this bread was a great beginner recipe for me!
This time, I decided to knead the dough using the bread machine, before manually punch out the air and shape it, and baked in the oven.
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Bread Machine VS Oven Baked
Anyway, back to the bread machine! You may ask: what’s the difference?
I have realised that manually shaping and baking the bread in the oven yields a loaf of bread with better texture – especially for those recipes that have higher hydration ratio.
Previously there were loaves that I baked using the bread machine, where those dense “kueh” layers form at the bottom of the bread. It’s probably because it was slightly underbaked.
However, as I have mentioned earlier, bread machine is really a time saver. It is also really a great tool if we really don’t know how to bake bread, or no time to make the dough from scratch and shape it for baking.
For this 5 star soft white bread, I only rolled up the dough once before placing into the loaf pan to proof. It gives a lighter and slightly more airy bread. If you prefer a finer and tighter crumbed loaf of bread, you can roll up the dough twice.
What Ingredients Do I Need?
This loaf of bread uses very basic ingredients that we can commonly find in our pantry:
- Bread Flour
- Unsalted Butter: Use slightly chilled butter that is cut into pats.
- Caster Sugar
- Instant Yeast
- Water: Use chilled water.