Whether you prefer thin slices for sandwiches or thick slices for French toast, this recipe will meet your expectations. Once you try this Amish white bread, you’ll never want to buy store-bought bread again!
Mastering the Art of Making Amish White Bread
Activate the Yeast
In a small bowl, stir warm water, sugar, and yeast together. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until bubbles form. The presence of bubbles indicates that the yeast is active. If you don’t see any bubbles, it’s best to start over with fresh yeast.
Mix the Dough
Using a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment (not necessarily Amish, but a convenient time-saver), combine the flour, salt, and oil. Pour the activated yeast mixture on top and turn the mixer on to medium-low speed (setting 2 on my stand mixer). Allow the bread dough to come together, which can take up to 10 minutes.
Let the Dough Rise
Remove the dough from the mixer bowl, roll it tightly, and place it in a greased bowl. Let it rise for about an hour until it doubles in size.
Shape and Rest
After the hour, punch the dough down and transfer it to a greased 9×5 loaf pan. Allow it to rest for another hour or so.
Bake to Perfection
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the bread for 25-30 minutes until it turns golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped with a finger.
Remove the bread from the oven, brush it with melted butter, and let it rest for 10 minutes. This step is crucial for the best results.
Enjoy! Now it’s time to savor the fruits of your labor. Slice the Amish white bread and enjoy its fresh, homemade goodness!
A Simple List of Ingredients
- 1 cup warm water, 110-120°F
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 packet (2 ¼ teaspoons) instant yeast
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
In a small bowl, stir together warm water, sugar, and yeast. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes until bubbles form.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, salt, and oil. Pour in the yeast mixture. Turn the mixer to medium speed and knead until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, approximately 10 minutes.
Roll the dough into a tight ball and transfer it to a greased bowl. Loosely cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise in a dark, warm, draft-free place for 60 to 90 minutes or until doubled in size.
Deflate the dough and shape it into a log to fit in a 9×5 loaf pan. Again, cover it loosely with plastic wrap and let it rise in a dark, warm, draft-free place for 50 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 350°F about 20 minutes before the second rise is complete.
Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
Brush the crust with melted butter and allow it to cool for 10 minutes in the pan.
Transfer the loaf from the pan to a cooling rack and let it cool completely.
Now, you have a freshly baked loaf of homemade Amish white bread ready to be enjoyed. Slice it as thin as you like for sandwiches or go for thicker slices perfect for indulgent French toast. The choice is yours!
With its pillowy texture and irresistible aroma, this Amish white bread will elevate your everyday meals. Plus, knowing that you made it from scratch brings an extra sense of satisfaction. Say goodbye to store-bought bread and embrace the joy of homemade goodness.
Once you’ve experienced the pleasure of baking your own Amish white bread, you’ll likely find yourself returning to this recipe time and time again. So, gather your ingredients, follow the step-by-step instructions, and immerse yourself in the comforting world of homemade bread. Enjoy the delightful taste and the pride that comes with creating something truly special.