Amish White Bread

Amish White Bread

An easy, basic homemade bread

Yield: 

1 loaf

Ingredients: 

1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
3 cups flour*
1 tablespoon dry yeast

Instructions: 

1. Dissolve sugar in water, then stir in yeast. Allow to stand until yeast forms a creamy foam (about 15 minutes). Put into bread machine pan and add oil. Swish around to mix them together.

2. Add flour on top, and salt on top of the flour. Set machine to dough setting and start.**

3. When dough is made and has risen the first time (the bread machine should beep to tell you when the dough setting is complete), take it out of the bread machine pan and work it lightly in your hands to get the air bubbles out (I don't put it on a floured board for this but you can if you like).

4. Form into a loaf and put in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 30-45 minutes, until almost doubled in size.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until done. If loaf is browning too quickly, cover top loosely with foil. When bread is finished, take it out of the oven and allow it to set for 5 minutes. Remove from pan, place on wire rack, and cover until loaf is cool.

Amish White Bread
Additional Notes: 

This recipe was submitted by reader Amy D.

She writes, "My husband and daughter both love this bread, and so do I.  I found a bread machine at a thrift shop for $4 so I adapted the recipe to use in the machine.  We don't like the loaves it makes but using the dough setting really makes the homemade bread easy, and baking in a regular loaf pan makes it look like you worked really hard on it!  If you don't tell your secret of the bread machine, people can't tell!!"

*Photo shows this recipe made with 1/3 whole wheat flour and 2/3 all-purpose white flour. Feel free to vary the proportions according to your taste, if you prefer darker, whole-grain bread!

**If you don't have a bread machine, just combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl and stir. Add flour and yeast all at once, and stir until thick. Knead with hands for 6-8 minutes, adding additional flour if necessary, to make a smooth elastic dough.

Cover, place dough in a warm location, and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Continue with step 3 from the directions above!

Preparation Time: 

10-25 minutes + rising time

Cooking Time: 

25-30 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This bread is very easy to make, and produces a nice, even-textured homemade loaf. I used 1/3 whole wheat flour in the loaf you see in the photo above. This is an excellent basic bread recipe! My rating: 9/10.

Comments

I sometimes use a cup of whole wheat flour in place of one cup of white flour too! It still turns out wonderful.

Rating: 
5

This bread was easy and very tasty. I did 2 cups white, 1 cup whole wheat flour. Thanks for another great recipe.

Rating: 
5

Due to the recent discovery of food allergies in my family I have had to eliminate soy flour, eggs and all nuts from our diet. Almost all store bought breads contain something we couldn't use so I have begun making our bread. At first my family was less than enthusiastic but now they look forward to baking day and my 5 yr. old bragged to his teachers about his Mom's bread. I add 4 tsp. vital gluten to my mix to boost the protein content and vitamin c. It's very easy to achieve good results with this delicious recipe.

Rating: 
5

I am new at bread making and this was so easy to make. I don't have a bread machine and it still came out so yummy! I had never got a smooth looking top until my daughter took a lesson. She showed me that you roll the dough then put it into the loaf pan. I see that you can sub 1 cup whole wheat flour. I have tried that in the past and it has not been good. It makes a heavy tough loaf. I buy the stuff off the grocery store shelf. So, can I measure one cup of this stuff and run it through my food processor to make it finer and still use it? Will it work? Will it still measure the same? I just want to get more fiber in our diet. Thank you in advance

Rating: 
5

I've made this recipe twice now and both times, it turned out wonderfully. My 4 year old LOVES it! I used my bread machine dough setting and then baked it as suggested.

Rating: 
5

I made this loaf last night and to be honest, it was my first loaf to make by hand. I didn't use the bread machine method, but am going to try that today. The loaf I made came out far better than I had expected and is just the right firmness as well as sweetness.
You can bet i'll be making this more!

Rating: 
5

Please see the recipe above for my review! Thanks! :)

Rating: 
5

My 12 year old daughter made her first loaf of bread the other day using this recipe. We don't have a bread machine, but it still turned out perfectly. She was so proud of herself, and we all enjoyed the bread. Her little brother ate 4 slices!

Rating: 
5

this is the only loaf i make now. i was out of oil the other day and used olive oil instead. i was a little worried when it came out very sticky, but it turned out good anyway. different texture and a little different flavor, but still way better then anything you buy in the store.

Rating: 
5

I made this last week and I was very pleased. I used the whole packet of yeast instead of measureing out.

Rating: 
5

I have only been making homemade bread for 2-3 months and this has been the besy one ever. i got a bread machine at goodwill for $6.00 and was so happy to make the bread. This is a wewekly must have in my house.

I tried to make it with wheat flour, but it did not do good, will try the other one that you have listed.

Rating: 
5

this came out so pretty and was as good as it looks. my MIL said it was one of the best breads she has had! YAY!!!

Rating: 
5

We love this bread recipe. We have been making it for a year now. I use my Kitchen-Aid mixer to make the dough. We also use this dough to make sausage kolaches and they turn out really well.

Rating: 
5

I made this bread in my bread machine for Thanksgiving dinner. It was so moist and yummy. Everyone raved about it. It was very easy to make too! I live in Amish country and this bread is up there with the best of Amish breads!

Rating: 
5

This recipe was awesome and easy to follow. This was my second attempt at bread. The first time I tried (many, many years ago)to make bread I used the bread machine dough. Well, my bread turned out like a brick! I used olive oil in this recipe because that was all I had on hand. The husband LOVED it! YAY!! Thanks Tammy!

Rating: 
5

Very easy & quick bread to make. However it's a little too sweet for my families tastes. Do you think it would be ok to reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup?

Rating: 
5

This was such an easy bread to put together. Unlike the reviewer that thought the bread was too sweet.....I LOVED how sweet it was. I will be making this lots more. If you are from the Austin TX area this recipe reminds me of the County Line's white bread. YUMMY!!

Rating: 
5

Made a loaf of this bread this morning since I didn't have any on hand and wanted to make a sandwich. It turned out better than I had anticipated since I covered the top after it had already browned quite a bit. I was expecting the crust to be hard but it wasn't at all. The taste and texture is great and I like that it just makes one loaf since I don't go through a lot of bread. Going to keep this recipe on hand! :)

Rating: 
5

Tammy, I love this recipe so much that I linked it to my blog on www.familyfrugality.blogspot.com, I hope that is alright. Please let me know if it's not, I'd like to link a couple more of your tips, tricks, and recipes if that's alright. I enjoy your blog so much!

Rating: 
5

Tammy this bread is awesome! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
I make this bread on a weekly basis. I don't even buy bread much anymore. I just keep a store bought loaf in the freezer for emergencies. LOL
As of recent I started making a 1/3 wheat 2/3 white flour loaf as well.

Rating: 
5

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