(I'm gonna keep it real Amish here, folks.)
Speaking of the Amish... my family and I went to Amish country a couple months ago. We'd been before, but I fell in love with the place and the people all over again.
In honor of this yummy bread that I'm about to share, (and perhaps to make up for the lack of step-by-step pictures!) here are some pictures from Amish Country, Pennsylvania.
And now that you're all prepped and primed for some cozy, simple, homespun goodness, let's bust up in the kitchen and make some Amish White Bread, shall we?
Here's a bowl of dough.
Actually, this is the dough after I've mixed the warm water, sugar, yeast and flour, and mixed it all up and kneaded it all together and let it sit for an hour or so.
You're gonna need 2 loaf pans - well-greased loaf pans. In other words, go wild with the PAM spray. (Our kitchen is still a little misty from my non-stick-spraying mania :)
Divide the dough into two, semi-equal, rather lumpy clumps, and plop 'em in their respective pans.
I was a little worried about the lumpiness, especially once the dough started to rise, but all was well, so don't worry about that. Of course, I'm sure your dough won't be lumpy. I just seem to have a strange way with food. Which leads to the obvious question, "Why do you presume to have a cooking blog?"
Which leads me to reply... "Pipe down! I can do I what wanna do!"
Okay. Issues much, Abbie?
Back to the bread; you let the two pans rise until the dough is high and looming above the edges of the pan (or 1 inch over.) I put mine in the oven on the handy bread-rising setting, but you can always just set them in a relatively warm spot. It probably took about 45 minutes for them to rise.
After they rise, you bake 'em at 350 for 30 minutes. And voila!
Warm, golden, slightly sweet, fluffy white bread. Nothing is cozier than the smell of bread baking on a cold, snowy day. Try it sometime soon. It's surprisingly easy, considering the lack of bread machine usage, and you can easily go do something else during the hour(s) while it rises.
Here's the printable recipe. Print, bake, eat, and rejoice!