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When this recipe came up I tried to do some research into the histoty and origins of Milk Bread.  What I found was basically any bread can be "milk" bread by just substituting the water in the recipe for Whole, Fresh Milk.  I learned that when milk is used in breads it increases the  absorptive capacity of the flour.  So after rising the bread will be stiffer.  Since Milk has a lot of sugar in it the crust is going to be nice and dark, and since there are lots of fat solids in whole milk the break will stay fresh a day or two longer.  Other than that I could find very little history on this type of bread.  So I will jump right into the prep.  I took the Bread pan out of the machine and dumped the following into it:

1.5 Pound Loaf

1 1/8 cups whole milk
1 Tablespoon butter
3 cups Bread Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon gluten
1.5 teaspoon salt
2.5 teaspoons bread machine yeast

I set the crust on Medium, set basic mode and started the machine.  After 5 minutes I went in to check the mixing and got the flour out of the corners and added a tablespoon of water, the dough was a little flakey.

I then let the machine do its business while I went about mine, finding new volunteer opportunities in Chico.  Seems there is help an Adult learn to read program looking for people, and mentoring program, and I contacted the food back.  I have found the best way to learn a new area is to get involved in things I believe in.  You meet like minded people, it eats up time, and one feels less isolated in a new town if one is busy.

I loooked in on the bread during the rise section and BOY was it risen, highest I had ever seen a 1.5 pound loaf.

While the bread cooked I also wrote a restro9sppective on the Occupy/SF movement in San Francisco and got that published, pictures and all! Then finally the finish bell sounded and the house smelled of fresh bread!  I cut off the crust, put some butter and was in for a treat.  This was a light, airy and amazingly flavorful bread, a delight to eat.  I tried it toasted with Nutella and Bananas, toasted a slice with butter and honey and YUM, this is a great bread!  I set half the load aside to see if it really cankeep for a couple of days, but this was a delightful tasting bread!

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