My dad loves homemade bread. In particular, he loves a sourdough bread recipe my friend, Kate, shared with me years ago. It’s dense and sweet and wonderful toasted. But I have to be honest, it’s a little high maintenance. Remembering to feed the starter and then dealing with the sticky dough ~ well, I fell down on the job. I’m just no good at high maintenance starters.
But I love making bread. And dad (and the rest of my family) loves eating it. So for my dad’s birthday last week, I decided to find a new white bread recipe.
Oh, y’all. I fell in love. It’s delicious, easy and low maintenance. So crazy simple, I just keep making it.
I found the recipe at All Recipes ~ and adapted a bit. If you like a sweet white bread (more like sourdough), use 2/3 c sugar instead of honey.
Amish White Bread
2 c warm water * 1 T sugar * 1 1/2 T active dry yeast * 1 1/2 t salt * 1/4 c vegetable oil * 1/4 c honey * 6 c bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam. Mix salt, oil and honey into the yeast. Mix in 5 cups flour in one cup at a time. Pour the 6th cup of flour on counter top and drop dough on top. Knead dough until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with clean, thin dish towel. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes (use a little more flour if necessary to keep from sticking), and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9×5 inch loaf pans. Cover and let dough rise for 30 minutes, or so until dough is about 1 inch above pans.Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
It makes fantastic homemade sandwich bread! Think peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Or a BLT.
More good news? My friend and 52 Sunday Suppers collaborator, Kristin, and I thought it would be a nice idea to try the bread with her Honey Spiced Chicken. Add a green salad and you’ve got a delicious, homemade Sunday Supper!
Make the jump to Kristin’s blog for the simple chicken recipe and by all means, check out our 52 Sunday Suppers Facebook page and say hi! That’s where we update menus weekly.
susie’s amish white bread