Olivia and I hope you and your family and friends had a great Easter holiday. We certainly did. We were invited to the home of friends for dinner and had a super fun time and lots of delicious food. Olivia took the yummy desserts of cake and lemon tarts. I offered to bring the bread. I haven't made yeast bread from scratch for quite some time so I was a little worried that it would be edible. I did a test run the week before Easter and the bread turned out great. The loaf pictured here is the one I took to our friends' home. It turned out great as well. The leftover bread from the first loaf was still in the refrigerator today so I made french toast out of it and it was very good and held together well. I like this recipe because it it fairly easy and seems to be foolproof.
I got it from the Taste of Home website. I learned the hard way years ago that one of the easiest ways to ruin yeast bread is to not use fresh yeast. The other way is to get the liquid too hot and kill the yeast. If you remember those two tips, you are on your way to successful bread making. Another handy tip is to use the dough hook on your mixer if you have one. It says lots of elbow grease and makes for a lovely dough. Enjoy!