I grew up with a basic white bread recipe.
The basic white bread can be used for bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls, pizza etc...
2 T butter or oil
2 t salt
2 T sugar or honey
1 cup hot milk
1 cup hot water
1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
6 cups, more or less, AP flour or bread flour.
Put yeast into a small bowl with 1/4 cup warm water, 110-115 degrees F, for about 5 minutes and let it foam. In a large mixing bowl put the hot milk, hot water, salt, sugar and shortening and let it cool to lukewarm, add yeast and 3 cups of flour and beat until smooth. Continue adding flour until a soft dough begins to form, dump onto a board and continue kneading 6 to 8 minutes, gradually adding just enough flour to give you a smooth, elastic, soft, slightly sticky dough. Put the dough into a greased bowl and cover loosely with a clean dish towel, let rise until double in bulk. Deflate the dough and shape into 2 loaves, place in greased pans, cover and allow to double in bulk. Bake in a 425 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 375 and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Remove from pans, grease tops with butter or paint them with milk and allow to cool on a wire rack.
This is good if made with the water that potatoes are boiled in and even a cup of so of mashed potato added with the liquid ingredients. You can also use a cup or so of leftover cooked oatmeal. A bench scraper makes the job of kneading by hand much easier also greasing your hands with a little butter or oil makes the job a little easier. Good luck!