Friday, October 12, 2007

Amish White Bread

Edit - Okay so if there are any of you out there that think they couldn't make their own bread, let me just say that a loaf of white bread costs somewhere around 40 cents to make and it really doesn't take a lot of time. I will teach anyone out there how to make white bread (I haven't mastered whole wheat yet), just come on over and we'll bake! This goes for anything that I make that someone wants to know how to make.

2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.

This recipe was incredible! I used to make this all the time but it was never as good as this time. I've realized that I don't knead my dough enough. You really have to work it! I have started kneading it until it is smooth and no longer sticks to anything. It's usually about 8 minutes I think, the point where my arms turn to rubber. I did less sugar and it was still a little too sweet for regular bread for me. If I were making sticky buns then I would leave the sugar to add to the sweetness but for everyday bread and buns I think I would half the amount of sugar.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, Oh oh, this reminds me of the Amish cinnamon loaf!!! We need to get a starter and pass it around!