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Amish White Bread: Fluffy Old Fashioned Loaf

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Amish White Bread: Fluffy Old Fashioned Loaf

Easy Amish White bread recipe is a slightly sweet, velvety-textured, homemade loaf that’s perfect for sandwiches. You may have heard it called milk bread. You can make this recipe by hand or in a bread machine – both instructions are included. It freezes well, too!

Be sure to read to the end where I’ll be sharing my best tips for getting bread to rise!

Ingredients

  • whole milk
  • sugar
  • yeast,
  • salt
  • light vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • bread flour
  • butter
  • two 9  by 5 inch loaf pans (measured from outside edge to outside edge. 1- 1/2 quart)
  • instant read thermometer.

Bread Flour or All-Purpose?

This recipe works best with bread flour but you can also use all-purpose if you like. Just be aware that the texture may be a little more dense and your loaf will not rise as high.

If you are using all-purpose flour and you happen to have some wheat gluten around you can replace 1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon of gluten for every cup. That will give it the rise and fluffiness you’re looking for.

Recipe Variations

This is such a basic loaf that there are a lot of different ways to use it. Here are some of my favorite variations.

  • Dinner rolls
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Sweet rolls
  • Hamburger buns
  • Cinnamon swirl loaf
  • Add 2 cups raisins
  • Add 2 cups chocolate chips
  • Add 2 cups chopped nuts

Since this fluffy white bread freezes so well you can make several batches to have on hand when you need them.

Homemade Amish White Bread Is Kid Friendly

This is a tender, fluffy loaf with a velvety texture. If you are looking for the homemade equivalent of Wonder Bread you’ll want to try this. If you want a real treat try it with a spoonful of this apricot pineapple jam!

It is somewhat sweet — and when I say somewhat I mean like those fabulous, hot dinner rolls they have at Logan’s Roadhouse or Hawaiian rolls. If you want something less sweet you can cut the sugar in half. It will change the texture a bit but will still be great.

This is one recipe I don’t often use butter in. I use organic extra-virgin coconut oil because it adds just a little flavor to the bread. A light vegetable oil will work, too. Try it with coconut oil,  light vegetable oil, or melted butter and just see what you like best.

Milk Bread Recipe… But Is It Amish?

I honestly couldn’t tell you if Amish white bread is Amish or not. I do know it is really awesome good.

I spent part of my childhood in Pennsylvania and was used to seeing Amish families driving their buggies to church, rolling hills dotted with white farmhouses and well ordered farms, and best of all (to me) those gorgeous quilts hanging on clotheslines. When I got older and did my stint as a fine artist people often commented on the intense colors I used in my paintings. It’s something I soaked up during those years.

And of course the aroma of fresh breads and pastries, cakes and cookies, pies and tarts that wafted over the countryside like some kind of crazy incense.

Making bread is easy but sometimes it helps to see what is being described. Here are the step by step images.

  1. Mix the yeast, sugar, and warm water.
  2. Let it get foamy.
  3. Mix in the flour and knead until it is soft and elastic – it will feel like your earlobe when you squeeze a bit between your thumb and forefinger. Weird but true.
  4. Place in an oiled bowl and cover.
  5. Let rise until doubled.
  6. Check by pushing your finger in. If the indent stays it has doubled.
  7. Punch down.
  8. Shape and place in greased loaf pan – let rise.
  9. Bake.

 

Source : http://www.restlesschipotle.com/amish-white-bread/

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