Homemade Amish Sweet Bread




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Introduction

Indulge in the simple pleasure of Homemade Amish Sweet Bread, a classic recipe that brings warmth and comfort to your home. This easy-to-make bread is perfect for morning toast, sandwiches, or simply enjoyed on its own with a slather of butter.

Why Make This Recipe

Making Homemade Amish Sweet Bread allows you to experience the joy of creating delicious and fresh bread from scratch. The process of mixing, kneading, and baking bread can be a therapeutic and rewarding experience, not to mention the heavenly aroma that fills your kitchen.

How to Make Homemade Amish Sweet Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Active Dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable oil
  • 5 1/2 – 6 cups All-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Place the water in a saucepan and heat until boiling, reaching a temperature of 110 degrees.
  2. Stir in the sugar until dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and add the yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes to bloom.
  4. Add salt and oil to the mixture.
  5. Gradually add flour, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the beaters but remains sticky.
  6. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for five minutes, sprinkling with flour as needed.
  7. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm area for 1 hour.
  8. Punch down the dough, divide it, place it in greased loaf pans, cover, and let it rise for another 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

How to Serve Homemade Amish Sweet Bread

Serve the freshly baked bread warm, sliced thick and spread with butter or jam for a delightful breakfast or snack. It also makes delicious sandwiches when paired with your favorite fillings.

How to Store Homemade Amish Sweet Bread

Store the bread in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze the bread for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Tips to Make Homemade Amish Sweet Bread

  • Ensure the water temperature is accurate for activating the yeast.
  • Knead the dough until smooth and elastic for a light and fluffy texture.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free area to aid in the fermentation process.

Variation

For a twist, add raisins, cinnamon, or nuts to the dough for a different flavor profile and texture.

FAQs

  1. Can I substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour? Yes, but the texture and flavor of the bread may be different.
  2. How can I tell if the bread is cooked through? Tap the bottom of the loaf – it should sound hollow when fully baked.
  3. Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast? Yes, but adjust the amount used and follow the instructions for instant yeast accordingly.

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