Amish White Bread

I just can’t get enough of this bread…

 

Amish White Bread Recipe. It's perfect sandwich bread. | Bakerette.com

Homemade Amish white bread that is.

You know why I love making bread? It takes TIME to make. Sometimes I get in such a rush to make things that I forget to slow down and smell. the. bread.  When I make bread, it forces me to slow down. You have to let it rise. Then you have to punch it down, knead it a little more, form it into a loaf, then let it rise again. So what do you do with yourself in between when you’re waiting for good things to happen?

I like to sneak Sister Chef’s docking station (shhhh, don’t tell), plug-in my iPhone, and blast out “I Need a Hero” (by Bonnie Tyler). It’s such a classic song. The music is fast and furious and heart pounding and I just get so caught up in the music and the trumpets and the drums that I begin dancing around the house. I may even pretend that I’m playing the air drums. I said “may”. I won’t own up to it.

Whenever I hear “I Need A Hero”, I think of the comedy Bandits from 2001. It’s a classic movie with Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett. Cate’s a lonely housewife and there’s a classic scene where she’s cooking and dancing around the kitchen belting out “I Need a Hero”.

Sometimes good things are hard to wait for, but in the end, they are always worth the wait. Like this Amish white bread. It’s slightly sweet, very soft, and is an amazing sandwich bread. I’ve eaten it for sandwiches, French toast, and today toasted with butter and smothered in homemade strawberry jam (Jam recipe is forthcoming).

Amish White Bread Recipe. It's perfect sandwich bread. | Bakerette.com

I dare you to make this Amish white bread. And listen to “I Need A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler. It’s very important and pertinent to your survival. :)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Amish White Bread
 
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Serves: Two 9 x 5-inch loaves
Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon water to form an egg wash (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together sugar, yeast, milk and water. Cover and allow the yeast to activate and foam for about 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in salt and oil into the yeast.
  3. Using an electric mixer with a dough hook, slowly add flour one cup at a time mixing well after each addition. Tip: Spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level off. Don't scoop or pack it in.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for five minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Place in a well-greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a lightly warmed place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Punch down the dough and divide into two equal pieces. Shape into loaves and place in 2 greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 mins or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of the loaves with egg wash before baking. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from pans and with a pastry brush, lightly brush melted butter immediately after so the crust stays nice and soft.

Recipe adapted from Amanda’s Cookin’

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Comments

  1. So the verdict is……This bread is amazing…It baked perfectly, the texture is just right….Amazing, the use of bread flour was good and didn’t affect the recipe. Will bake again with bread flour and whole wheat….love, love, love

    • So great to hear Inez! Glad you loved it! I know readers appreciate the feedback as well. It helps them decide it they want to make it or not. Have a great weekend and I hope you stop by again.

  2. Mine is rising now. Used half bread flour and half all purpose. Need a good sandwich bread. Will try the whole wheat flour. Need a good recipe for whole wheat bread as well.
    I have tried another recipe before and the bottom of it was a bit gooey can’t wait to see what this bread does.

  3. I love this recipe, I haven’t bought bread since I tried it! I’ve made it a ton of times, sometimes substituting up to half whole wheat flour, and it has never failed me, always delicious. BUT yesterday I made it again, and it came out really crumbly. The slices don’t hold together at all. Do you know what I might have done wrong? I want to avoid repeating my mistake! Thanks!

    • You’re so sweet Laura! Glad you love the recipe and have been using it extensively. Not sure what may have happened for it to come out crumbly. Is it because you substituted whole wheat flour? That shouldn’t have done it, though. How have the loaves come out the other times you’ve made it?

  4. Carolyn Krausman says:

    I love to make bread but I add eggs and honey and instead of oil I use butter and it is so mouth watering good. You should give it a try.

  5. Really good recipe. I didn’t bother with the egg wash and the tops still came out beautifully brown. The bread is super soft and really tasty. This bread is definitely a keeper for me!!! Thank you for posting, Jen!!!!!!!

    • Thanks so much Susy. I’m so happy to hear you liked it and it’s a keeper! It’s one of my favorite bread recipes. Have a great day.

      • Your welcome, Jen. This is a really good and easy bread. A beginner will have no problem making two really fluffy loaves!!!!!

  6. Kimberly Wadsworth says:

    Wasn’t a huge fan at first, but after reluctantly making it over and over again per my husbands request, I’m a HUGE fan! I am use to 12 grain breads etc, but I love this so much! I use half wheat flour and looohoove this, expecially for french toast! So yummy, thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. So I doubled everything except for the yeast, I read on other sites that you can use 1 tbsp for up to 8 loaf’s and it made about 3 good size loaf’s, is that because I didn’t double the yeast? It tastes awesome btw! My husband and I both love it!

  8. If I want 4 loafs of bread do I simply just double everything in the ingredient list? Will that work?

  9. i am on the look for a good sandwich bread for my 12″ bread pans will try this one today and post back later on how they turn out!!

  10. Michelle Wynne says:

    I just made this and it’s wonderful! Used King Arthur Flour Special Bakers Milk and butter instead of oil…

  11. This is the BEST bread I have made. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Karen West says:

    My bread was going great until I was brushing on the egg wash. When I did that, my bread fell! Any suggestions as to how to keep it from doing this or why it happened? My family still loved it, but I really want to learn how to make this correctly?? Thanks!

    • So sorry to hear Karen! That’s a big bummer, but I’m glad to hear it was still salvageable! What were you using to brush on the egg wash with? You may be pressing down too hard when brushing. It should just be a very, very light-pressure application.

  13. Swapped out for honey and hard white wheat and hard red wheat flour. Proofed on my ovens warm setting. One loaf was regular and the other I made a cinnamon and sugar for breakfast toasts. They are amazing.

  14. This is such a great recipe! I made it once before and it was perfect. I made it again today since I was snowed in. I realized too late that we had no sugar left, so I substituted honey powder. It was even more delicious!

  15. Judi McKay says:

    Love this bread which I made today. Next time I will Pam the plastic cover. I have been making sour dough which a new friend and recent widow found too hard. This bread’s crust will be better for her 92 year old teeth. After eating sour dough, this bread tastes sweet–love it too. Thanks.

  16. Wow, this just came out of the oven and I have already eaten half of a loaf! I am switching out my other sandwich bread recipe for this one.. It’s incredible! My husband is originally from PA and was surrounded by the Amish and their amazing breads, so he will adore this! Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe!

  17. Hi :) would bread flour and bread machine yeast work for this recipie ? Thank you :) ps absolutely love the smell of fresh bread. Someone should make a candle with that smell ;)

    • Hi Shara. Bread flour and bread machine yeast works. You would use a lesser amount of bread machine yeast for the active dry yeast. 1 teaspoon active dry yeast = 3/4 teaspoon bread machine yeast.

  18. Making my second batch right now. This bread is to die for! And the butter makes it so soft and delicious. My husband begged me to make it again after the first two loaves!

  19. I just made this tonight and it was better than expected! Very soft and not dense at all. Just the right amount of sweetness. Will make it again!

  20. I am literally making this every weekend! My husbands says I am addicted! It is true. Have made it with half wheat and half white too! Turns out perfect. My oven has a bread proof setting which is convenient! Thanks so much!

    • LOL Hope! At least you’re addicted to something that isn’t so bad for you! I love the bread, too. Glad you are enjoying it. I appreciate the feedback! Have a great day.

  21. Hi there,
    This looks absolutely delicious!
    Will this recipe still work if I exactly halve all the ingredients? I only have one small bread pan and I’m wondering if I should do one loaf at a time (letting the second rise for longer – for the time for first one is in the oven) or just halve the recipe and do one loaf. What do you think?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    • Hi Ragan. I’m sure it will work if you halve it. I haven’t done that but I don’t see why you couldn’t. Let me know how it turns out.

  22. I’m going to do a little math and try to convert this recipe to work in my 1 pound bread maker… unless anyone has already done so and will save my brain a little work? :)

    • LOL! If you get the right proportions, I’d love for you to email me and give me the update.

      • I converted it for my 1 pound bread maker. I didn’t do the egg wash, but here’s what I did do:

        1/3 c milk
        1/3 c water
        2 c unbleached bread flour
        2 1/2 T sucanat
        1/2 t salt
        1 1/2 T butter (I’m not a fan of veg. oil)
        1 t yeast

        It is yummy!

  23. I tried to make this twice and both attempts, the dough did not rise sufficiently. I didn’t alter the recipe at all so I really don’t know what went wrong. Perhaps it’s the altitude and climate of Utah…?

    • Hi Kiirsten. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. A couple of things could have happened with your dough not rising sufficiently. Your yeast may be expired or old. Also, the liquid to dissolve the yeast could have been too hot or not warm enough. I live in Utah, too! Go Utahns! :) Also, when the weather turns cold, I actually turn on the oven for a few minutes on the lowest setting to allow it to warm a bit (not too hot, mind you), then turn it off and place my covered dough in the oven to rise.

  24. R. L. Syme says:

    I just finished baking this bread. I made some alterations because I’m at 4700 feet altitude, but it is maybe the best homemade bread I’ve ever had. We’ll blog about our bread-making experience on Friday and link back to your post. I just discovered your blog through Pinterest last week and I am just addicted. Thanks for doing what you do!

    -Becca

  25. I don’t have a electric mixer with a dough hook, what else could I use

  26. Stella ptasnik says:

    This bread is absolutely delicious. Can you freeze this bread?

  27. Um…I made this today and it is AMAZING!!!! I’m usually strictly a whole wheat girl, but it’s rainy and damp and we have no bread in the house. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • That’s sooooo great to hear Lauren! I’m so glad you loved it and you took the time to come back and share it with us. Thanks so much!

  28. Holly Watson says:

    is the yeast measurement correct that seams like alot of yeast … could you tell me how many 1/4 oz packages that takes?

    • Yes. It is a lot of yeast, but it is the correct amount. 1 envelope of yeast equals 2 1/4 teaspoons, so it would require 2 packets of yeast to equal 1.5 tablespoons.

  29. Kathleen D says:

    Hi, can I substitute melted butter for the oil? I’m trying not to use veg oils (canola/corn/veg) after reading about how bad they really are.

  30. Brooke Ehly says:

    I just found this recipe and plan on making bread for the kids school lunches. I do have to ask, how long does the bread stay good for? Thank you for posting this recipe!

    • I hope you enjoy it. The bread stays as long as regular homemade bread depending on how you store it. If you let it cool down completely and then store it so it doesn’t build up steam in the bag, then it will last longer (about 5 days).

  31. Betty Threlfo says:

    Hi there, this is betty threlfo from perth west. aust. writing to you. I have made your amish bread today, and I cooked it in a crockpot. A case of guessing the heat, but it has worked out fine, and we had for afternoon tea, warm drizzled with honey… yummy….. I am not sure if you have the right amount of yeast, as 1 1/2 tablespoons seemed a lot, but it took 5 cups of flour with it so guess must have been right. The other day I made your crockpot bread, but I burnt it. Never mind I let it go cold and cut the burnt off, and we ate cold with jam, the birds outside got the burnt bits.. The balance left over, I soaked in ginger wine, and made a pudding with it, but like a bread and butter as we call them, beat up 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, l teaspoon cinamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, cut up bread, soaked in ginger wine, 1 cup it took, and tonight was our dessert, it was great, and not a bit got wasted… my by the way I am 81 and still going strong with new ideas and lovelyour recipes… regards betty ///

    • Thank you, Betty! I appreciate your kind words and for letting me know how you like my website and recipes. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Amish bread and in the crock pot to boot! That’s awesome.

      Thank you for taking the time to write and for your kind feedback.

  32. I love home made bread. My mom made home made bread for us when we were kids and after we were grown. So light and oh so good.

    • Isn’t it the best Lavon? My mom always made bread too and I loved coming home from school smelling it? Especially when she made cinnamon rolls!

  33. Homemade bread is one of my all time favorite things. I love the way it makes the house smell. And if dinner goes all wrong, just eat bread for dinner. Mmmm!

  34. You are my hero for sharing this bread! And with your busy schedule, when did you possibly have time to make it?? Deb @ madefrompinterest.net

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