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I had the pleasure of living for several years, in a small community called Cooperstown Pennsylvania, in the middle of an Amish farm group of five families It was an amazing experience that I would not have missed for anything.

The Amish neighbors came and plowed fields for me with horses, helped to swarm bees out of one of my walls, and rendered honey as well as gave me a recipe for the very best bread I have ever eaten and it is absolutely foolproof.

Strangely enough many people have trouble baking bread and this recipe just can’t miss. The typical Amish bread is a sweet bread, but still not so sweet that it doesn’t make a super sandwich and it has no milk to scald, nothing but water.

Try it and see . You simply can’t make a mistake with this bread.

  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 cups bread flour
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    In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
  2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9ƒ’5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.

Thin soupy and rather grey, this is the yeast, sugar and water in the beginning

Here’s what it should look like ten minutes later when it begins to “eat” the sugar and swell accordingly.

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