Friday, January 6, 2012

White Sandwhich Bread

My friend Valerie gave me this recipe and seriously..... it is just as good as Grandma Sycamore's. We had it with grilled cheese sandwiches today... mmmm.... now if only I had some of that costco ham it would have been the most delicious sandwich ever. I baked mine for 20 minutes like she suggested... but my oven must not be as hot because it wasn't quite done on the inside. I would try 25 minutes the first time. Better a little over cooked than doughy!

Amy Stephens' Amish Bread
2 c. hot tap water
2/3 c. sugar (stir into the water until dissolved)
1 1/2 T yeast (stir into the water and sugar)
Let this mixture sit until bubbly (about 5 mins.)

1 1/2 t salt
1/4 c. oil (I use olive or vegetable, I haven't noticed a difference)
Put these two ingredients into your mixer (I use a Bosch) then add the bubbly yeast mixture.
Finally add:
6 c. flour (I think it helps to fluff the flour first, so it's light and not heavy)
Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.

Move the dough to a bowl (spray the bowl) and place in a warm spot (covered with a towel) for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough in half, and knead each half into a loaf. Place in loaf pan, cover and let raise in a warm spot for 45 minutes more.
Heat oven to 350, cook 2 loaves at 350 for about 20-25 minutes depending on how "crusty" you like your bread. I don't like it crusty, so I normally do like 20 mins. at the most. (Each oven varies though, of course.)
(I have 3 loaf pans, so I always make this recipe 1 1/2 times. It can be doubled, but that means 12 cups of flour and not many mixers can handle much more than that! My mixer handles 9 alright though.)

My mixer almost pooped out with the 6 cups..... it seriously smelled like it was going to start smoking. I don't have a bosch though. :)