You know, I bake a lot of bread. How could I have a new favorite white bread recipe? Easy! Because it is easy and it makes one perfect loaf and it comes from one of the prettiest places in the world, the Maritimes. I have been making this every other day. It's easier than running out to buy a loaf of store bought! Just pour 1 C. of warm water in the bowl of your mixer. Add 3 T. of sugar, 1/4 C. of softened butter, 1 T. rapid rise yeast, 3/4 tsp. salt and 3 C. of flour. Beat it until it comes together into a smooth ball. Knead it in your mixer or by hand for about 8 minutes. Place it in a buttered covered bowl and let it rise for about 1-1/2 hours.
Punch it down and roll it into a tight cylinder. Place it in a buttered loaf pan. Cover it and let it rise for about 45 minutes.
It should have risen to crest the pan.
Bake it at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 190 degrees.
Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.
Brush the top with butter. It's worth making for the smell alone!