Pepperidge Farm White Bread

This is my adaptation of Pepperidge Farm White Bread Copycat from 1950. There are a few ingredient substitutions, and my recipe makes one 1½ pound loaf in a 9-inch Pullman pan with lid.

Ingredients

  • 183g (¾ cup) whole milk divided
  • 7g (2¼ teaspoon) active dry yeast
  • 6g (1 teaspoon) table salt
  • 28g (2 tablespoons) butter
  • 13g (1 tablespoon) oil light olive oil works well
  • 90g (⅜ cup) warm water
  • 32g (2 tablespoons) honey
  • 10g (1 tablespoon) granulated white sugar
  • 205g (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 205g (1½ cups) bread flour

Instructions

  1. Heat 60g (¼ cup) milk until lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in milk. Let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Scald remaining milk; pour over salt, butter, and oil in large mixing bowl.
  3. Add warm water and allow mixture to cool to lukewarm.
  4. Add honey, sugar, and dissolved yeast.
  5. Add flour, beating vigorously with wooden spoon, until dough forms a ball. (Or knead in stand mixer for 6-8 minutes.)
  6. Turn out on a well-floured board. Knead vigorously until dough is elastic. (I kneaded about 30 times even after kneading in the stand mixer, just to bring the dough together and get a sense of its elasticity.) Place dough in a lightly greased bowl (I placed the dough back into the bowl of the stand mixer).
  7. Cover, and set in a warm place until doubled in bulk. This took about 1 hour for me, in the oven with the light on.
  8. Place dough on floured board. Shaping loaf by degassing the dough and patting it into a rectangle just a bit shorter than the width of the Pullman pan. Then roll quite tightly, and pinch seam to close.
  9. Place in greased Pullman pan, seam side down. Cover with plastic wrap (not with the Pullman pan lid); let loaf rise in pan until near the top. This took about 20-30 minutes for me.
  10. Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 30 minutes with the lid on. Remove lid and bake for about 5 more minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Rest 5 minutes in pan, then turn out the loaf onto the cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing.

Notes

5/05/2022: First attempt came out great! I made substitutions to the original recipe, such as using light olive oil instead of shortening, and using granulated white sugar instead of the cane sugar syrup the original recipe called for. I also used a 50/50 mix of all-purpose and bread flour rather than all bread flour, as the King Arthur flour I use is quite high in protein already.