Saturday, July 3, 2010

Amish White Bread

Here is a great amish bread , that I got first hand from an amish neighbor of mine. makes 1 loaf.

1/4 cup warm water
(An Additional) 1 cup warm water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon shortening
2 teaspoons {red star} yeast
about 3 cups of flour (more or less){between 2 3/4 cup-3 1/2 depending on the flour used, the heat etc. (seal of minnesota flour is best)

put yeast in 1/4 cup warm water
put sugar, salt, and shortening in 1 cup warm water
when yeast has bubbled , it is ready to use, add the melted shortening liquid to yeast liquid, and mix, then add 1 cup flour at a time and mix well.
place mixed dough on floured surface and knead for 5 minutes,making sure the dough is not sticky, if it is you will need to dust dough with more flour to remove all stickiness(try not to over use flour as this will dry out the bread,
then place in a (lightly) oiled bowl and let rise (covered) for 30 minutes.
Now take dough  punch it down and knead again for 3 minutes, making sure to remove all air bubbles, and place back in bowl and let rise again, about 1 hour.
Take dough and punch it down and knead again for another 2 minutes
place dough in bread pan (poke holes in it with a fork-to release additional air bubbles) and let rise again (anywhere from 25-45 minutes, till dough is above pan 1-2 inches.
Bake in oven 40 minutes on 350 degrees.

This recipe is light, airy and delicious.
For a sweeter bread you could increase the amount of sugar to 3 tablespoons. But it is best left as is for a good sandwich bread.
Recipe courtesy of Nancy.


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