My go to bread is normally a basic white loaf which does me well every time. However I recently discovered this Amish bread which I was really impressed with.
- 1.5 tbsp dry yeast
- 2.5 cups warm water (warm is 110 – 120F or 43 to 49C)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 8 tbsp butter (4 go in to the bread itself, so if you’re short, just use 4)
- 1tbsp salt
- 7/8 cups bread flour
Melt 4 tbsp butter
In a stand mixer or large bowl, add warm water, sugar and yeast then stir and rest for 10 minutes.
Add in the melted butter with 4 cups of flour and the salt.
Mix it all, this will be very wet still.
Add remaining flour until bread dough consistency which takes me up to 8 cups. You don’t want it sticking to your hands nor crumbly. Knead for 5 minutes at this consistency.
Take it out of the bowl and knead for apx 10 turns.
Melt another 1 tbsp butter into a clean large bowl and turn the dough into it to cover it all.
Cover in cling film and a tea towel and leave to rest and rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
After 1 hour, knock back, divide in to 2 and shape to desired shape (use a loaf tin if required).
Leave to rise (either on baking sheet you will bake on or in a loaf tin for example) for up to 45 minutes.
Bake for 30-45 minutes in a medium hot oven. To test it is cooked, turn over and tap the bottom, it should sound hollow.
Leave to rest at least 5 minutes before cooking (if you can!) and brush with the last of the melted butter. It is absolutely delicious.