Welcome to our kitchen, where the aroma of freshly baked bread fills the air! Today, we’re delighted to share with you a timeless recipe for Amish White Bread.
This simple yet delightful bread is a staple in Amish households and is cherished for its soft, tender texture and irresistible flavor.
Whether you’re a seasoned bread baker or a novice looking to embark on a baking adventure, this recipe is perfect for you. So, let’s roll up our sleeves, gather our ingredients, and get ready to bake a loaf of homemade goodness!
To create a loaf of Amish White Bread, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups warm water (110°F/43°C)
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 6 cups bread flour
Follow these simple steps to create a loaf of Amish White Bread that will have your kitchen smelling like a bakery:
Step 1: Activating the Yeast
In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm water and white sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Sprinkle the yeast over the water-sugar mixture and let it sit for about 5 minutes, or until the yeast becomes foamy and activated.
Step 2: Mixing the Dough
Add the salt, vegetable oil, and 3 cups of bread flour to the yeast mixture. Mix until well combined.
Gradually add the remaining 3 cups of bread flour, one cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add more flour if needed, but be careful not to add too much, as it can make the bread dense.
Step 3: Rising and Shaping the Bread
Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free area for about 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen, gently punch it down to release the air. Divide the dough in half and shape each portion into a loaf.
Place the shaped loaves into greased 9×5-inch loaf pans. Cover them again with the kitchen towel and let them rise for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until they have risen above the edges of the pans.
Step 4: Baking the Amish White Bread
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Bake the loaves in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until they turn golden brown on top and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pans for a few minutes. Then transfer the loaves to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- For a touch of sweetness, you can add a tablespoon of honey or molasses to the dough when mixing the ingredients.
- Feel free to experiment with different flours, such as whole wheat or rye, to create variations of Amish bread with unique flavors and textures.
- To make dinner rolls instead of loaves, simply divide the dough into smaller portions and shape them into rolls. Adjust the baking time accordingly.
To make Amish White Bread, you’ll need the following kitchen equipment:
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Kitchen towel
- 9×5-inch loaf pans
- Wire rack
If you happen to have any leftovers (which is a rarity because this bread is incredibly delicious!), here’s how you can store them:
- Allow the bread to cool completely after baking.
- Wrap the loaf tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container to preserve its freshness.
- Store the bread at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. After that, you can refrigerate it for an additional 2-3 days.
- For longer storage, slice the bread and place it in freezer-safe bags. Freeze for up to 2 months. To enjoy, thaw the slices at room temperature or toast them for a warm, crispy bite.
Food and Drink Pairings
Amish White Bread is incredibly versatile and pairs well with a variety of dishes. Here are some delicious pairings to consider:
- Classic Grilled Cheese: The soft and slightly sweet texture of Amish White Bread makes it the perfect choice for a classic grilled cheese sandwich. Add your favorite cheese and enjoy the gooey goodness.
- Creamy Tomato Soup: Dip a slice of warm Amish White Bread into a bowl of creamy tomato soup for a comforting and satisfying meal.
- Avocado Toast: Top toasted slices of Amish White Bread with mashed avocado, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil for a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack.
- French Toast: Turn your Amish White Bread into a decadent breakfast by making French toast. Dip slices of bread into a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla extract, then cook them on a griddle until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup and fresh berries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use all-purpose flour instead of bread flour?
While bread flour is preferred for its higher protein content, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour if needed. Keep in mind that the texture and rise of the bread may be slightly different, but it will still be delicious.
Can I use a bread machine to make Amish White Bread?
Yes, you can use a bread machine to mix and knead the dough. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the order of ingredients and the recommended settings.
Can I make this bread without yeast?
Unfortunately, this recipe requires yeast for the bread to rise and achieve its desired texture. Without yeast, the bread will be dense and lack the characteristic lightness.