It seems that the more basic a recipe is, the more people there are searching for it's perfect version. Everyone wants that moist, fluffy white cake recipe, the dark and delicious one-bowl chocolate cake recipe, and the no-fail go-to white bread recipe.
For me the hunt is always on for the best enriched white bread recipe. I already have a go-to white bread recipe of my own but I have found that most enriched white breads leave me wishing for something more.. or when they are too rich, something less.
I want a bread that is extremely soft, slightly sweet, and has enough richness to let you know that this is beyond your regular weekly loaf but not so much that it risks turning into a brioche or a cake. I want it to be delicious plain, toasted, topped with savory or sweet spreads, and to keep for at least a couple of days before going stale (why oh why does enriched have to go stale so quickly?).
My expectations were high and my list of requirements was long, so it's lucky that extra bread is so easy to give away because our counter was piling high with rejected loaves (still tasty.. just not exactly what I was looking for).