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.
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. :)