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Amish White Bread

Amish white bread is an easy, tender sandwich loaf that slices easily without crumbling. Its velvety texture and sweet flavor make it a hit with the kids. This recipe makes 2 loaves and freezes well for up to 6 months.
Course Bread
Keyword basic, fluffy, soft
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 16
Calories 86kcal
Author Marye Audet-White

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water 110F
  • 1 cup whole milk 110F
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup mild vegetable oil -- coconut oil works really well here!
  • 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Dissolve the sugar in the warm water and milk in a large bowl.
  • Whisk in the yeast.
  • Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the yeast mixture gets foamy.
  • Whisk in the salt and oil.
  • With the mixer running add the flour, one cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the bowl.
  • Knead by machine about 5 minutes.
  • If you are hand kneading mix in the flour until you have a sticky dough, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic - adding flour as needed.
  • Oil a large bowl and place the ball of dough in it.
  • Oil the top of the dough and then cover with a damp cloth.
  • Allow it to rise until it has doubled in bulk. This will take about an hour.
  • Punch the dough down.
  • Knead for three minutes or so and divide in half.
  • Let rest for five minutes.
  • Shape into loaves and then place in greased 9x5-inch loaf pans.
  • Brush the tops with the melted butter.
  • Let rise for 30 minutes, or until the dough has risen an inch or so above the pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped.
  • For a soft crust butter the tops and place a clean tea towel over the baked loaves as soon as you take them out of the oven. Let them cool for about 5 minutes and then take them out of the pans to finish cooling, covering them back up with the tea towel.

Bread Machine

  • Add ingredients to your bread machine in the order the manufacturer recommends.
  • Select white bread cycle.
  • Press "start".
  • When the dough has risen once and second cycle of kneading begins, turn the machine off. Press "start" again to reset the machine.
  • The dough will rise a second time before it bakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1.4% | Vitamin C: 0% | Calcium: 1.7% | Iron: 0%