Friday, January 23, 2009

Amish White Bread for the KitchenAid

A fantastic recipe for homemade white bread.

Amish White Bread

I know that it's a bit of a contradiction in terms to put the words Amish and KitchenAid together, but this is an Amish bread recipe from a clipping that I adapted for the KitchenAid. I know a lot of folks love their bread machines, and I own one. It's in the garage. Frankly using a KitchenAid stand mixer really makes the process of bread making so much more simple and the result is two large loaves instead of just one small one. Of course if you don't own a stand mixer you can certainly still make this by hand - with a little more elbow grease.

When using bread flour, this recipe produces a beautiful fluffy, tender and light loaf that just melts in your mouth. You can certainly substitute all purpose flour, but you'll have smaller loaves. Adding 2 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten per cup of all purpose flour seems to help. This is simply a delicious bread and is definitely a keeper.


Recipe: Amish White Bread for the Kitchen Aid

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 1 hour 30 min incl rise time |Cook time: 40 min | Yield: 2 loaves

Ingredients
  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees), separated
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, separated
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 5-6 cups bread flour, separated
Instructions

Microwave water for about 3 minutes or until it reaches 110 degrees F. Put yeast into a separate small bowl, add about 1 teaspoon of the sugar to the yeast and about 1/4 cup of the warm water. Stir well and let sit for about 10 minutes, or until yeast foams up and doubles.

Attach the dough hook to your mixer and add 4 cups of the flour to the mixing bowl; turn the mixer on speed 1. Add the salt and the remaining sugar and mix together. Add the remaining warm water, the yeast mixture, and the oil; mix.

Scrape the sides of the bowl, turn to speed 2 and begin to add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough cleans the sides of the mixer bowl and clings to the hook. It is possible that you may not use all of the flour. Continue kneading on speed 2 for about 2 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic but still slightly sticky.

Spray top of dough and sides of mixing bowl with a light coat of non-stick spray, turn the dough over and spray the top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place into a warm, draft free spot for about 1 hour or until doubled.

Punch down and turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Separate into two pieces, cover with a towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Flatten into a rectangle and roll up, pinching the seams together and tucking in the ends.

Spray two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray and place the shaped loaves into the pans. Put in a warm spot and allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen about 1-inch above pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

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49 comments:

  1. I am loving this recipe. The kitchenaid just makes easy work of it. My only question is about the vegetable oil. I didn't see it used anywhere in the recipe. Just for clarity, that can be used in substitute for the cooking spray. I seem to find those used interchangeably to oil the bowl in most recipes I stumble across.
    This bread is baking right now and I have to tell you my kitchen smells DIVINE!! Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

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  2. Hi Alicia! I'm so sorry - guess I never caught that. The oil should go in the dough itself. Hope you enjoyed the bread!!

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  3. When do you put the oil in the mixutre?

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  4. sorry, read over it a few times and didn't see where you added the oil but went back one more time and saw it .

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  5. I'm gonna have to rewrite that Sherry - you can't really see it in the recipe well. Where it says "Add the salt and the remaining sugar and mix together. Add the remaining warm water and the yeast and blend together; stir in oil. "

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  6. Fabulous recipe. I went a little extra on the flour. Great fluffy white bread. Wonderful texture, and soooo easy to make!

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    1. It really is isn't it?! Thanks for stopping back by to let me know that you enjoyed it. I just love making bread.

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  7. I got my kitchenaid mixer for christmas, and I have never made bread. Thanks for posting this using the kitchenaid. Going to try it this weekend. Wish me luck!

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    1. Congratulations Patti!! I know you will enjoy using that Kitchen Aid so dive in. You'll be surprised how easy it is to do bread now!!

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    2. It turned out so good and tasty. I was really suprised on how easy it was. Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try making rolls and pizza crusts.

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    3. You're so welcome Patti - thanks for letting me know!!

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  8. I have never made homemade bread before. I got my kitchenaid for christmas and am going to attempt to make it this weekend. Thanks for posting this recipe for the mixer. Wish me luck!

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  9. I love this recipe! Perfect, beautiful loaves... amazing crumb! Here in Hawaii, it's hard finding a good recipe - between the heat and the humidity - but, this one is IT! I have to shorten the times on the yeast and first rise because of the climate here. But, I don't alter the recipe at all! My Kitchen Aid Mixer loves, too! Thank you for this recipe!

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    1. You're welcome Kris! I love this recipe too. And my KA too of course! :)

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  10. Love this bread. So delicious (and easy, too)! Thanks for posting!!

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  11. Can I halve the recipe? Freeze it? At what point would I freeze? Before final rest?

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    1. You certainly may halve the recipe for a single loaf. As far as freezing, I'm not a huge fan of freezing homemade dough. The yeast can get iffy about rising and frankly, it takes a bit of extra time since you have to thaw it completely in the fridge and then let it rise. To freeze dough, you'll prepare it, let it go through the first rise, form the loaves, but then wrap for the freezer. Thaw in the fridge, transfer to the loaf pan & let it rise in a warm spot, then bake.

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  12. Mary, How can I add Jalapeno's & Cheddar Cheese?

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    1. Haven't ever done that and not sure about the crumb on this bread. If you want to give it a try, add those ingredients in the mix before the first rise. Let me know if you take the plunge and try it!

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  13. Mary seems a little sweet for me too...any adjustments to the sugar? Thanks

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    1. I have only made these loaves as written so can't recommend any adjustments that I can guarantee are fail safe. That said, it's pretty savory to me and not a sugary sweet bread. Before making adjustments to a recipe I do always suggest trying it the first time exactly as written, then play around with the ingredients on the next bake. That way you can adequately compare the two!

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  14. Can I use regular table salt instead of kosher? I've never cooked with kosher so all I have on hand is table salt.

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    1. Yes, you sure can! I wrote this using kosher because that's what I use most often but you can sub in an equal amount of level table salt.

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  15. I baked this a couple of days ago. It came out good. I'm going to make it again next week.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe - thanks for letting me know!

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  16. I made bread for the first time ever last night, and followed your recipe to the letter . . . and my bread was perfect!!! Hip hip hooray!

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  17. I actually used 1/2 cup of honey instead of the sugar. It worked great. I use raw clover honey which is a deep flavor. Also I only bake one loaf at a time and freeze the other two and had no issues. I use 1/2 artisan bread flour and half hard whole wheat. It still was so light and yummy.

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  18. Was supposed too be 1/4 , cup honey sorry.

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  19. I had always made bread in my bread maker, but alas it finally died last week.
    I had heard so many people talk about making bread in their Mix Master and came across this recipe.
    Needless to say, it is one of the nicest breads I have ever baked and it will become my go to recipe from now on.
    I didn't find it any more work than doing the dough cycle in the bread machine which I had always done.
    Thanks so much for the great recipe.

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    1. You're so welcome! I just adore this bread recipe & with the mixer it really isn't at all difficult!

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  20. I just made this this weekend, and loved it! It will definitely be my new go to bread recipe! I also made a 2nd batch and at the step where you roll it out, I brushed on melted butter and added cinnamon and sugar for some cinnamon twist bread They were both delicious! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. You're welcome! I just love this bread - it's my go-to also!!

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  21. I love this recipe. I found it about 6 weeks ago and have not stopped baking. I have two loaves baking right now. EVERY loaf has turned out perfect. I did not change anything in the recipe. Thank you.
    Debbie in Indiana

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    1. Thanks Debra! That's exactly why I love it too - it's really no fail!

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  22. Made a double batch of this again today. And again, it is just perfect. I started adding cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar to the dough right before I roll it to make cinnamon bread. Yummo.

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  23. Making this all the time now. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. Headed to see newest grandson today, and not only taking along home made strawberry jam, but a loaf of this bread to slather it on!

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    1. Isn't this an amazing bread? And trust me, if you know anything about me you know I'm not much of a baker!! Congratulations on the new grandson. I know everybody is gonna enjoy that homemade bread & jam!! Have a safe trip & lots of love to that baby!

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  24. Just tried this recipe! Wonderful!!!

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    1. My favorite homemade bread recipe - so glad to hear that you also enjoyed it & thanks so much for letting me know!

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  25. Bread is rising now but my dough seems a little tough. Do u think it will turn out?

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    1. I don't know but let us know! If the dough was tough could you have used a bit too much flour? You only want to use enough flour until the dough cleans the sides of the mixer bowl and clings to the hook. It is possible that you may not use all of the flour called for in the recipe. I'm hoping that it will still turn out because this really is a great bread recipe!

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  26. This is my favorite bread recipe! . I love the ease of making the dough, the taste is heavenly! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. You're very welcome & thanks so much for letting me know it's your favorite!

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  27. Just curious, could melted butter be used instead of oil?

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    1. For this recipe, I have only used oil, but I've used butter in other breads, so I do think it might work!

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