A basic white bread recipe requires only five ingredients, including flour, shortening, yeast, salt, and water or milk. After mixing these ingredients by hand or in a mixer with a bread hook, the cook kneads the dough, allows it to rise, forms it into loaves and bakes it.
To make white bread, combine 5 1/4 cups of bread flour with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons each of salt and dry yeast in a mixer bowl with dough hook attached. After stirring for one minute add 1 1/2 cups of oil mixed with 2 cups of hot water and stir for one additional minute. Turn the mixer to low and continue mixing for five minutes. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface, divide it evenly into two pieces and knead gently a few times until the dough has a smooth elastic consistency. Form into two loaves, place them into lightly oiled loaf pans, cover loosely with a towel, and let rise in a warm place for 25 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F and bake for 25 minutes until the loaves are golden brown. Cool slightly and turn out on a wire rack. Lightly brush the loaf tops with melted margarine for extra softness and sheen.