When I was a kid, my mom always bought us the super healthy and nutritious whole grain wheat bread… and I hated it. I was one of those kids who always wanted plain white bread. And thirty years later, I still feel the same. Although I’ve developed a taste for wheat bread, I always go with white bread if I have a choice.
Over the years, I’ve experimented with several recipes, and my current favorite is this Amish white bread recipe which I found on the Youtube channel, Pratt Family Homestead. There are only a few simple ingredients.
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Here are the ingredients:
- ⅔ cup of sugar
- 2 cups of warm water
- 1 ½ tablespoons of yeast
- ¼ cup of oil
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 5 to 6 cups of all-purpose flour
Now if you’re already a pro at making bread from scratch, this list of ingredients is probably all you need to get started. But if you’re new to this, here are some step by step instructions:
- Thoroughly mix the sugar and water in a large bowl.
- Now sprinkle the yeast onto it and wait 10 minutes to let the yeast proof.
- Preheat your oven to 145°F. Later, you will let your bread rise here.
- Thoroughly mix the yeast and water together.
- Add the oil and salt and mix it some more.
- Now add in the flour one cup at a time and mix as you go.
- Continue to do this until it’s no longer sticky and able to form into a ball.
- Get another large bowl, coat it with oil, and drop the ball of dough into it. Move the dough around until every side is coated with oil.
- Cover the bowl with Saran wrap and place it in the preheated oven. Turn off the oven, and leave the bowl of dough in there for about 40 minutes. (You can let it rise longer for a fluffier bread.)
- Punch the dough to get all the air out.
- Now put it on a counter with some flour and knead it really well.
- Split the dough into two halves, shape them into loaves, and put them into two well-oiled loaf pans.
- Cover them with Saran wrap and put them back in the oven to rise for another 30 minutes.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350°F
- Dump the loaves out of the pan and onto a cooling wrack.
Watch the video below to see it done.