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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
Cuisine Amercian Heritage
Keyword basic, fluffy, milk bread, sandwich bread, soft, white bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 86kcal
Author Marye Audet-White



  • 1 cup water 110F
  • 1 cup 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! OR use melted butter
  • 5-1/2 cups bread flour you may need a little more or a little less
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


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.
  • Stir in 1 cup of the flour.
  • Whisk in the salt and oil.
  • With the mixer running add the remaining flour, one cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the bowl.
  • Knead by machine about 5 minutes.

Hand Kneading

  • 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.

Rising and Shaping

  • 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

  • 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 Instructions

  • 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.


This is such a basic loaf that there are a lot of different ways to use it. Here are some of my favorite variations.
  • Dinner rolls
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Sweet rolls
  • Hamburger buns
  • Cinnamon swirl loaf
  • Add 2 cups raisins
  • Add 2 cups chocolate chips
  • Add 2 cups chopped nuts
Since this fluffy white bread freezes so well you can make several batches to have on hand when you need them.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 23mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 17mg