The Amish people make some of the best breads in the United States. This Amish milk bread tastes delicious and has a fantastically moist texture. You can use this bread as your standard go-to bread for any and all occasions. It is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and it makes the perfect bread for snacking on. It can also be used for sandwiches, toast, and french toast.
- 1/4 cup warm water (95 to 110F)
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast (or 2 packages/1/2 oz.)
- 2 cup milk (room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons soft butter
- 6 cups bread flour
- In a large bowl, mix together the warm water and yeast. Add the milk, brown sugar, salt, and butter. Stir. Add 4 cups of flour and mix well. Add in enough remaining flour to make a dough that follows the spoon around the bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed until the dough is firm and smooth to the touch. Place dough in medium greased bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so that the top is also lightly greased. Cover with clean cloth and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 1 hour.
- Punch down dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead for 5 minutes or until the bubbles are out of the bread. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Shape each dough half into a loaf. Place each loaf in greased, 9 X 5-inch bread pan. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Bake bread at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until bread top is golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when the top is tapped. Remove breads from pans and let cool on a rack.
Bread Baking Tips
It is not hard to learn how to braid bread dough.
- Store brown sugar in an airtight container to keep it from becoming hard.
- When measuring out brown sugar, always pack it down into the measuring cup or spoon unless the recipe tells you to do otherwise.
- Use bottled water instead of tap water to make your breads. Water softeners and chlorinated public water can sometimes kill the yeast needed to make your bread dough rise.
- Brush loaves with butter immediately after baking to produce a soft crust.
- Brush loaves with milk before baking to produce a dark, shiny crust.
- Brush loaves with egg white before baking to produce a shiny crust.
- Spraying loaves with water while they bake will produce a crispy crust.
- There is a milk to dry milk powder conversion table. Use it to figure out how much dry milk to add to the water when replacing the milk in the recipe.
- You can use any type of milk in this recipe: whole milk, skim, low fat, etc. Milk can also be replaced with water and nonfat dry milk.
Bread flour has a higher amount of gluten than all-purpose flour. This means that bread made with bread flour will rise higher than bread made with all-purpose flour. You can make your own bread flour by adding 1-1/2 teaspoons gluten to each cup of all-purpose flour you use in your bread recipe.