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Amish White Bread

2008-03-30@20-12-41
Since the loaves of bread here are sweet and have secret raisins hidden inside, we’ve started making our own bread. From scratch. Without a bread machine. If the Amish can do it, why can’t we?

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 cups bread flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof (let it hang out) until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
  2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.

2008-03-30@17-41-18
Just wanted to share a photo of step 1: let it hang out until the yeast resembles a creamy foam.

Don’t be nervous. We never really followed the rising directions in great detail.

One time, we forgot we were letting the dough rise and we ended up with Willy Wonka amounts of dough. We just slapped it all in the oven and it still tasted great.

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