With fall pretty much officially here :)
Baking has begun in our family.
I bake some during the summer, but for some reason, fall just bring out the baker in me like nothing else.
When I first started baking I was the worlds worse at burning, under cooking or just plain screwing up any bread recipe around. I just could not get it to work.
The Amish Bread Recipe I have been using this week however, is perfect!!! and makes the most amazing bread.
Heres how you do it…
*and please forgive me for not having an AFTER photo of the bread. I completely forgot to snag a photo. It looked beautiful though!*
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
6 cups 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. (I did not allow mine to look creamy, it was just dissolved and did just fine – im impatient I guess)
Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Once the dough stops taking in any flour, you can stop adding it. The 1st time I made it, it took the full 6 cups, the next time a little under 6 cups.. So its not an exact science.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl (I just sprayed mine with cooking spray *canola*), and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes. It should rise a good bit before baking.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
So if you love to fiddle with baking. LOVE CARBS… and want to giveaway something great to a neighbor or friend… this is the recipe. I gave away a loaf on Monday to our sick neighbors – it was gone that day they told me :) – enjoy! :)