Friday, February 4, 2011
Recipe : "Amish" White Bread
This can be made in a bread machine or the old-fashioned way; either way, it turns out great!
Bread Machine (one loaf)
2 3/4 c flour
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp warm water
Add to bread machine in manufacturer's recommended order. 1-1/2 lb loaf, light crust setting. This recipe requires TWO rising cycles.
Traditional Method (two loaves)
1 packet yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
approx 5 cups white flour
Dissolve one packet or 2-1/4 tsp yeast in 1/4 cup warm water with a bit of sugar. Let rest til foamy.
In a large bowl, combine yeast, oil, sugar, salt and warm water. Add flour one cup at a time, mixing well. Knead in the last bit of flour by hand; knead for several minutes, adding flour as needed until no longer sticky. Dough should still be somewhat soft.
Place dough ball in a greased bowl; turn over, then let rest in a warm place until doubled.
Punch down, divide in half and form into two loaves. Place in lightly greased loaf pans and let rest in a warm place until doubled.
Bake at 350 degrees until evenly browned and until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on, approximately 40 minutes.