Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Simple Amish White Bread Recipe

http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2013/06/simple-amish-white-bread-recipe.html

Simple Amish White Bread Recipe is a simple recipe that creates a soft and tender, slightly sweet white bread.  It is so easy, it is nearly a no-fail recipe. This is a keeper!

There is just something about making your own bread.  It is unlike any other 'domestic' task.  I mean I have made lots of things from scratch.  Dehyrated, canned, made my own peanut butter....  But when I pull those loaves of bread, that I created from scratch, out of the oven...  there is a feeling of satisfaction unlike any other cooking or baking.  I feel like a DOMESTIC GODDESS!  {{{cue the Super Woman music}}}

There.  I said it.  I feel all powerful in the kitchen when I bake bread.  Silly, huh?  Well struggled with the idea of bread making for so long it was like the Mount Everest of baking challenges for me.  A mountain that I 'just knew' I couldn't climb.  I totally psyched myself out for so long.  What is funny, it is so easy to do.

After my first creation (which by the way I have here on our site) it got easier and easier.  I was a bread making machine especially with my stand mixer in hand.  We had fresh bread in the house all the time.  I even went out and bought 8 bread pans so I could make a lot at one time. Every time I made a recipe everyone was in the kitchen as soon as it came out of the oven.  We would cut slice after slice of the first loaf until it was almost gone.  This went on for months.  I could literally live on bread.  Heck, we almost did.

Living on bread though is not quite as nutritious as say vegetables or protein.  So, I backed off a little and it is more of a treat these days.  I decided to create a simpler white bread recipe for hamburger buns.  I was working on this fabulous burger that needed that sweet simplicity in a bun to compliment it perfectly.  Oh boy!  This is it.  Kind of an Amish style white bread and ohhh so good.  I have used it as sandwich bread and for buns.  Both were fabulous.  I suggest making one loaf of bread and 8 rolls out of the recipe. You are going to love them!

This recipe is perfect for Texas toast too!

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Simple Amish White Bread Recipe
makes 2-9x5” loaves or 16 big hamburger buns

1 ½ tablespoons active dry yeast (2 packets)
2 ½ cup warm water (110° to 120°)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, divided
1 tablespoon kosher salt
6-7 cups bread flour

Equipment Needed
Stand Mixer
Bread Pans
Large Mixing Bowl
Melt 4 tablespoons butter.  I microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time until it is mostly melted.  I recommend covering with a paper towel to avoid messes.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer add sugar and water.  Sprinkle yeast over top and swirl with spoon or fingers to combine.  Allow to sit for about 5-10 minutes while the yeast bloom and become aromatic.

Add melted butter, 4 cups flour and salt.  Mix on low, using dough hook, until smooth.  Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time until a soft dough ball forms (I use the entire 7 cups).  Turn to medium and knead for 5 minutes.  Your ball of dough should be tacky (not sticky).  If it is sticky, add a little more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it becomes tacky (does not leave dough on your fingers when you touch it).

Turn onto a floured board; knead about 10 turns. Place 1 tablespoon butter in a large microwave safe bowl.  Heat butter in the microwave until butter is melted.  Place dough into bowl, turning once to grease top. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and a cloth over top and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and shape into two loaves (or 16 hamburger buns).  I like to make half and half.  Place loaves in greased 9-in. x 5-in loaf pans.  For hamburger buns, grease a cookie sheet.  Divide dough and roll into balls.  Gently press on dough balls with the palm of your hand (creating a bun shape).  Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45-60 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

If bread starts to brown too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.  When bread is removed from the oven, brush with remaining butter.  Serve and enjoy!

COOK'S NOTES: Bread flour will achieve the highest possible rise and a chewier crumb, however you can substitute all-purpose flour. 

You can make this recipe without a stand mixer.  Add water, yeast and sugar to a large bowl.  Once the yeast blooms stir in the salt and the flour using a wooden spoon. Turn dough out onto floured counter top and knead for 10-12 minutes until dough is no longer sticky and holds its shape (when you poke it, it springs back).  Proceed with remaining instructions.
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2013 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published 6/3/13 

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33 comments:

  1. Is it me or my browser? I can't seem to find a link to the Amish white bread. I can use the one for pretzel rolls and milk and honey white, but really would like a recipe that works for rolls too.

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    1. It is directly below the Honey Wheat Oatmeal Bread. Here is the printable link for you.

      http://theslowroasteditalian-printablerecipe.blogspot.com/2013/06/simple-amish-white-bread.html

      Thanks!

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    2. Thanks! Sometimes I just don't see the bread for the recipes. I love your stuff!!

      Marianne

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  2. I haven't made my own hamburger buns yet this year, I need to make these.

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  3. Get outta Amish White Bread TOWN! Pinned this.. bad boy- and I can't Wait until I try this! YUM! We are a bread loving family-- thank you Donna!

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  4. Your bread looks beautiful-what a great job for a first time! There is just something very satisfying making bread isn't there? Have an awesome week!

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  5. What do you use to mix when you're one of the Planet's Unfortunate Souls That's has not yet been upgraded to a KitchenAid, or any high class stand up mixer? This girl is still pulling a hand mixer out...or just her hand to mix :/. Help?!

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    1. I burned up 3...yes, 3 mixers by using them to make bread. As we're retired, we watch our spending, so I thought, if frontier women could make bread without a mixer, I can. I have wire whisks, so I got all of my liquids ready, sifted my flour, got my yeast to bloom to about 1/2" of creamy, yeasty perfection, donned my plastic gloves and mixed the hell out of it! I actually took the full 10 minutes to knead, and in the end produced 2 loaves of this scrumptious bread! That was last night...and we ate one loaf in place of supper! So..sue me!

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    2. Try the King Arthur Flour Company dough whisk. $16 dollars for a "manual" mixer. It.s designed to do this job. We use it for all but large mixes (and we have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer!)

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    3. Try mixing and kneading in a food processor. Works well.

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  6. Start the recipe the same. Add flour and mix with a hand mixer until it becomes difficult to mix. At that point pour mixture to a well floured surface and knead by hand adding flour a cup at a time until incorporated.

    Add flour until dough is tacky, not sticky. This video is helpful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWj8oHMPFm0

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  7. I don't know what I keep doing wrong, but my bread keeps coming out dense. Frustrated.

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    1. Are you using a stand mixer? Also how long are your letting the dough rise? Perhaps it is not rising long enough.

      If you need more help you can catch us on Facebook or email us for a quick response.

      Hope that helps!

      Donna

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    2. Also make sure your yeast is fresh. My bread is dense when my yeast is old or when I get a bit generous with the flour.

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  8. can you use all purpose flour for the bread flour? I can't seem to find a recipe that uses regular flour. Thanks!!!

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  9. I think you made a mistake recipe calls for 8 tbs butter but in instructions you only said melt 4 tbs and put 1 tbs in bottom of bowl to roll dough in.

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    1. The remaining butter is clalled for at the end of the recipe. You brush the loaves with it. Enjoy!

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  10. Does this bread freeze well? I have made this recipe several times and it is very delicious!

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    1. It freezes beautifully! I wrap it in plastic wrap and then slide it into a freezer bag (or wrap in plastic and then aluminum foil) . We love this bread! Enjoy,

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  11. I love to make bread and feel much the way you do when I pull the finished loaves from the oven. I have often thought I should make my own hamburger buns, but have never done so. This recipe has inspired me to make a batch. But when I was going through the directions, I thought that baking them for 30-35 minutes would definitely be too long. How long do you bake your rolls? I want my rolls to stand up to a hearty hamburger or a truly sloppy Sloppy Joe, but I want people to be able to bite into the roll.... :) Thank you, Donna!

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    1. The cook time should be relatively the same. So perhaps check them at 25 minutes. Thump one on the top and if it sounds hollow you are done. But, I would bet they will still need to cook for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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  12. I have a question. I am new to making bread. When visiting my daughter she gave me her bread machine. Now I mix my bread in the machine but I do not back it in the machine. I let it mix for about 7-10 minutes. I then take it out and put in my greased bowl. I place it in the over and let it rise for about 1 hour. I then take it out, get it ready for the loaf pan and let rise another 45-60 minutes. Then I turn the oven on 350 and bake. I said also this to show I make bread. With this recipe can I still mix it in the bread machine?

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    1. I do not use a bread machine, but have heard of our readers using the machine to mix the dough. If you are familiar with the process I would absolutely give it a try. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

      Best,

      Donna

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  13. Yummmm these turned out beautifully! This is my first successful attempt at making bread. I made a loaf and 8 hamburger buns. Thanks for the recipe! It was super easy.

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  14. Just wondering what classifies this as Amish?

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  15. We are a 2 person family. 1 loaf lasts about 4/5 days. Is it possible to make this recipe and freeze half of the uncooked dough? --Hawaii Girl

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  16. I'm new to making bread and have tried several recipes. This one is hands down the best! I'm making 2 loaves per week, 1 for our family and blessing another family with the other. However, I am having one problem with it. The bottom inch of the bread is always dense and hard. The rest is great, only the bottom is bad. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

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  17. Hi, wouldn't 2 packets of yeast equal 2 1/2 TEAspoons?

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    1. One single packet equals 2 1/4 tsp

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  18. i dont have a machine, always been afraid to try making bread, can you just use your hands? thank you

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    1. Hi Tess, you can absolutely use your hands. Here are the instructions: You can make this recipe without a stand mixer. Add water, yeast and sugar to a large bowl. Once the yeast blooms stir in the salt and the flour using a wooden spoon. Turn dough out onto floured counter top and knead for 10-12 minutes until dough is no longer sticky and holds its shape (when you poke it, it springs back). Proceed with remaining instructions.

      Enjoy and let me know how it goes.

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  19. For the last two years I've been making a recipe for sandwich bread from America's Test Kitchen. I decided to try this one for a change of pace. I'm in love! I live in bush Alaska and the only way to get fresh bread is to make it.

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  20. Donna, you wonderful human being! I tried this for my household as a little test alternative to my usual Italian style bread, and this Amish white went from experiment to household staple! I have been baking this 3 times a week (feeding my household and my neighbors now too!) for the last month, and the family just cannot get enough of it. I typically do hoagie-style sandwich rolls, though this bread is great as a full loaf, for hamburger buns, and, no joke, I even set aside from leftover dough in the fridge and it made a much applauded pizza crust! Haha!

    I just wanted to thank you for this recipe, and encourage anyone who sees this to give it a whirl! It is some of the best bread you can bake!

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