Fluffy Old Fashioned Amish White Bread
Try this Fresh Amish White Loaf Bread recipe and see what is so special about making and baking your own homemade bread from scratch. This basic bread recipe adds in a few ingredients that help to ensure that this bread will also be rich and delicious, and perhaps just a bit more nutritious. Simple bread recipes can be made from almost nothing, and some recipes are made just from flour and water, literally. These heritage loaves, as they are sometimes called, rise as a result of flour and water that is allowed to ferment for some time. This fermentation process creates wild yeast that helps the bread to rise when you make it. It also gives the bread recipe a very particular and sharp flavour. Some people enjoy this tangy nature to this kind of bread, whereas other people do not enjoy it. In any case, that is perhaps the simplest bread recipe in terms of the ingredients, if not the process. Making wild yeast can take time and real talent. Some bakers have claimed that their wild yeast is literally hundreds of years old and they keep it going for years and years.
This particular homemade bread recipe is a bit easier in the sense that commercial yeast is used as the starter for the bread. That ensures that the yeast is a good quality. Even so, always put your yeast in to a little bit of warm water and let it sit a good ten or possibly fifteen minutes to ensure that the yeast is active. Many people will also add sugar or sometimes honey to quicken the response time of the yeast. You can do this, although the yeast will rise, assuming it is still fresh and active, even without any added sugars to speed it along the way.
This bread recipe adds milk in addition to water as the liquids, which means slightly richer and more flavorful bread than one that is made with just water. This is a rather broad generalization, since there are fabulous bread recipes that use just yeast, flour and water. Still, for a simple loaf, a bit of milk can go a long way towards adding flavor. Eggs are also a great addition to even a plain white bread recipe, although they are not called for in this particular Amish white load bread recipe. Still, eggs add plenty of flavor and texture to a loaf of bread. This basic bread recipe also calls for vegetable oil, suggesting that one oil you could try is coconut oil which is considered healthier. The coconut oil will add a distinctive flavor to the bread, so be aware of that if you determine to use it. Note the recipe calls for the loaf to be brushed with butter before it goes in the oven ensuring a nice, harder crust.
Bread is a staple in many cultures and has been around for centuries. The Egyptian people made unleavened bread recipes that created flat breads that they ate with their meals. Unleavened bread was most popular in the earlier days because it didn't require yeast of any sort. Then, yeast was created by allowing the mixture of flour and water to sit in the sun for an extended period of time to create a wild yeast as mentioned above. Once people figured out how to do this they created many different kinds of leavened bread and simple bread recipes like this one that we still enjoy today. Thank you to Marye for this great Amish white loaf bread that we can all enjoy baking ourselves at home. Bet you can't wait for that first slice of warm bread with butter on it.*
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