Free Recipe Friday – Amish Bread

Amish White Bread Recipe

2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
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
1 In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water; add yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.

2 Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Work in 5 to 6 cups flour. Knead dough on a lightly floured level surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat the entire surface. 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 x 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 for 30 minutes.

Immediately brush tops with melted butter or olive oil (and spices) if desired.

Makes 2 loaves

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