This easy homemade Amish white bread recipe is simple enough for beginner bakers and tastes delicious! Serve this tasty from-scratch bread with Instant Pot Beef Stew, Broccoli Cheese Soup, or Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup for a complete meal.
When we lived in England last year there was something about the food that I noticed that was quite different. In particular, no matter what kind of bread I bought there it would go moldy very quickly. (Produce too!)
I got in the habit of buying fresh bread at the bakery every two or three days rather than counting on a loaf lasting the week.
Why I Bake My Own Homemade White Bread
When we moved back to the US I didn't think much of it until one day recently when I realized that we had the same packs of sandwich bread and hamburger buns on the kitchen counter for about three weeks and they never molded.
While that might sound like a good thing it made me seriously question what in the world was in that bread that kept it preserved for that long and whatever it was, did I really want to be feeding it to my kids?
Right then and there I decided to make my own bread instead of buying it. I used to make bread all the time but as we added to our family and got busier I got away from it.
Making bread sounds complicated to a lot of people but in reality, it's not hard at all. You do need to allow time for the dough to rise twice but the actual active prep time is less than 30 minutes.
This is one of my favorite easy homemade bread recipes. I've heard it called Amish bread, Amish Sweet bread, or Amish butter bread...I have no idea if it's an actual Amish recipe so please forgive my ignorance on its origin, I received the recipe from a friend when I was pregnant with my oldest son about 12 years ago and it's been a favorite ever since.
- warm (not hot) water
- vegetable oil
- butter to coat top (optional but recommended!)
Step by step
It's so easy you can't go wrong, even my kids can make it with minimal supervision.
- Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray, this is where your dough will rise.
- Combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast and allow the yeast to do its work getting all frothy for about 15 minutes.
- Next, we make dough! Attach a dough hook to your mixer and add the oil and salt. Start adding the flour a little at a time as you run the mixer.
- When all the flour is added and the dough is pulling away from the side transfer it to a floured surface and knead it for 1-2 minutes.
- Place the dough in the bowl you prepped and cover loosely with cling wrap and let it rise for an hour.
- After an hour has passed, you'll see that the dough has about doubled in size. Give it a little punch to release the built up air, then divide it in half.
- Grease two loaf pans and put half of the dough in each one.
- Cover again with plastic wrap and let it rise another hour.
- After the hour remove the cling wrap and bake for 30 minutes.
- As soon as you remove it from the oven, brush with melted butter (optional but HIGHLY recommended!) That's it! Fresh homemade white bread!
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This easy homemade white bread recipe is simple enough for beginner bakers and tastes delicious!
- 1 ½ tablespoon yeast
- 2 cups warm (not hot) water
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 6 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons butter to coat top (optional but recommended!)
- Spray a large bowl generously with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a large stand mixer bowl combine water and sugar. Add yeast and allow to sit for 15minutess or until frothy.
- Add oil and salt and set mixer on low speed with dough hook. Slowly add flour a cup at a time.
- When all flour is added and dough is pulling away from the sides of the bowl transfer dough to a floured surface and knead lightly for 1-2 minutes.
- Transfer dough to greased bowl and flip it over to coat lightly with nonstick spray. Cover loosely with cling wrap and let rise for one hour.
- Punch dough to release air and divide in half.
- Grease two loaf pans (I use these that are 9" by 5") and place half dough in each and again cover loosely with cling wrap for an additional hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove cling wrap and bake bread for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and brush top with melted butter if desired. Let cool 15 minutes before removing to wire rack.
- Keep dough in away from drafts when allowing it to rise.
- I store this bread in the refrigerator up to a week to make it last longer. On the counter I keep it 2-3 days.
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