Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Amish White Bread

Drop whatever you are doing and make this bread NOW. It is that good. I should have known. It has been on the top 20 list of for years. However, due to my fear of failure (and kneading) concerning bread products, I never attempted it. Well I am glad I did. The bread came out with a beautiful brown crust and a slightly sweet, chewy, soft interior. I ate almost half of a loaf with butter straight out of the oven. Please make this bread, you will not be disappointed!!!

Adapted from:

2 Cups of warm water
2/3 cup of white sugar
1 1/2 Tbs active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups of bread flour

In bowl of stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, dissolve the sugar in warm water and stir in yeast. Proof for about 10 minutes, the mixture will begin to foam.

Mix the salt and oil into the yeast mixture. Add the flour, one cup at a time. Change attachment to dough hook and knead until all of the flour is incorporated into the wet ingredients. Place the dough into a  separate bowl lightly coated with oil. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in bulk.

Punch the dough down and divide into two even loaves and place in two oiled loaf pans. Allow to rise again for another half hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes (exterior should be golden brown.

Slather with butter or dip in oil and enjoy!!!

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