Friday, 21 October 2011
Occasionally the best way to work out your frustrations is to beat a loaf or two of bread into submission. hehehe
This Amish bread is an awesome tasting sweet white bread that I make a lot - from scratch!
2 cups warm water
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeats
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Then stir in yeast. Allow to "proof" until yeast resembles a creamy foam. If you are like me, you had no idea what "proof" meant and would have to look it up. It just means to leave the bowl alone in a warm place for 10 minutes, Go figure - it sounded like something way more exciting than that!
Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth (about 8 minutes). Really get in there and kick it's butt! place in a well oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in blulk - about one h our.
Punch dough down. This is the fun part - really beat it up hehehe. Knead for a few minutes and divide in half. Shape into loaves and place into two well oiled loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
Doesn't it look delicious. And the whole house will smell so good.
We usually save one of the loaves for french toast. Oh my gosh - you should taste french toast made with this bread in a thick slice. Yum. It's such a sweet bread to begin with, so it makes french toast even better!
Or try it with a little honey. Also very tasty. :D
For those of you who are counting calories like we are, here's some nutritional info for you: Amount Per Serving Calories: 168 | Total Fat: 2.9g | Cholesterol: 0mg
This is based on a 24 slice serving size. Cut each loaf into 12 and voila, one serving = one slice.
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