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I've been trying different bread recipes and it seems no matter what type of white bread I'm making....it comes out "heavy" and the crust is really hard.

Now I don't want it as light and fluffy as say wonder bread, but I have the opposite of wonder bread.

I've tried 2 different kinds of yeast. fleishmans and red star.

I've tried letting the bread sit for 3 hours before baking. I've tried 90 minutes. I've tried french bread. pita bread.

always the same.

What am I doing wrong?
THIS one is SO easy & it has ALWAYS turned out perfectly for me, give it a try and it's delish too! <3

Golden Cake Batter Bread
James Beard

Ingredients
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Method
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.

Heat milk and butter in a saucepan until the milk is warm; the butter does not need to melt. Add to the flour mixture along with the eggs and vanilla extract.

With the mixer at its lowest speed, combine all ingredients just until the flour is moistened; then beat 2 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in the remaining flour to form a stiff batter.

Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Butter a 10-inch tube pan. Stir down the dough and spread it in the pan. Let it rise again until it is doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes more.

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
sorry was going to put a photo but don't know how <3
 
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