Basic Homemade Bread


Instructions
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in the warm water.
Let stand until the surface gets foamy and bubbly - about 10 minutes.
Whisk together remaining sugar, salt, and 3 cups of the flour.
Stir cooled butter into yeast mixture then pour into flour mixture.
Beat until smooth.
Stir in enough remaining flour, a little at a time, to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. (see video)
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 1-1/2 to 2 hours. (see image)
Punch dough down.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half.
Shape each into a loaf. (see section on shaping)
Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans.
Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Bread will sound hollow when tapped.
Remove from oven, place pans on their sides, and cover with a tea towel for soft crusts.
After 5 minutes remove from the pans and allow to cool before slicing.