Last week I was in the mood for homemade bread. I went to my recipe file and pulled out the very first yeast bread recipe I ever made. I have made it a lot over the years; only not recently. I don't know why, well, watching my weight has a lot to do with NOT making homemade bread as I really could eat a whole loaf in just a few hours.
I started making this bread almost 24 years ago...by hand. I taught myself how to make homemade bread and by watching a few cooking shows on TV. And it really was so easy. Now I have a beautiful Kitchen Aid mixer, a gift from my Colonel a few years ago for Mother's Day, but you don't need a mixer to put this recipe together.
Amish White Bread
* this recipe makes 2 loaves of bread.
- 1 package yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 6 - 7 cups flour
Note: I always make sure my water is at a temperature of 105 - 115 degrees when working with yeast.
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.
Set aside and let the yeast proof.
In a large bowl combine the sugar, two cups warm water and melted butter.
Add the yeast.
Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, to form a soft dough, mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Set a kitchen timer for eight minutes, and let the mixer knead the dough for you; or you can turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand.
Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Let the dough double in size; about 2 hours.
Punch the dough down and divide into two portions.
Shape the dough into loaves and place in baking pans, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for another 2 hours or until doubled in size.
Before baking, brush the tops of the loaves with melted butter.
Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Allow to cool in pans for about 10 minutes and then turn the bread loaves out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Dough is combined and pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Set a timer and let the machine knead the dough for eight minutes...
Dough is kneaded and beautiful. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to double in size; about two hours...
Two hours later, the dough has risen one time. This dough will make TWO loaves of bread. I didn't have two exact same sized baking pans, so I divided the dough into 3 loaves using 3 different sized baking pans; one large and two medium sized pans. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise again until doubled size again. Brush with melted butter before baking in a 425 degree oven.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and when you tap on the crust, it sounds hollow...
There is nothing like the taste of homemade bread...
Enjoy your day!