OLD FASHIONED AMISH BREAD

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Amish bread is a yeast bread the Amish call old-fashioned church bread. Amish Bread

The Amish usually attend church in the home of one of their community members on Sundays and remain for lunch after the services.  This old fashioned Amish bread is the type bread usually served at the church meals.  This bread is wonderful with your favorite jams and jellies slathered in butter and served with coffee.  Old fashioned Amish Bread makes a great bread with any meal.  Share a loaf with a friend or neighbor. You might also like our recipe for Amish onion patties.

This Amish bread makes a great gift.

1/2 cup warm water

1 package active dry yeast (1 package contains 1/4 ounce of yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons)

1/3 cup white granulated sugar

2 more cups water

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons shortening (I use Crisco)

5 to 7 cups all-purpose flour

Dissolve the yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water and set aside.  In a pan on top of the stove heat the other 2 cups water, sugar, salt and shortening just until warm and sugar is dissolved and shortening is melted.  Do not boil.  In a large mixing bowl add 4 cups flour and pour in the water with the salt and shortening.  Mix with a spoon.  Then add the dissolved yeast and water to the flour.  Add the other 3 cups flour a little at a time mixing with a spoon until the dough comes together and you can make it into a ball.  Spread some flour on a cutting board or counter top and knead the dough several times.  Grease a large bowl or crock (I use olive oil but you can use whatever oil you have).  Put the dough in the crock and turn over once so both sides are greased. Put in a warm spot and let rise for 3 hours. (I put in my oven and turn the oven light on)  Remove and punch the dough down with your fist.  cut the dough in half. Grease 2 (9 x 5) bread pans and spread the dough in the pans.  Let rise another 1 1/2 hours.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Makes 2 loaves.  Enjoy!

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Amish Bread

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Old Fashioned Amish Bread

 This bread is wonderful with your favorite jams and jellies slathered in butter and served with coffee. Old fashioned Amish Bread makes a great bread with any meal. Share a loaf with a friend or neighbor.
Cook Time30 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: American, Amish
Keyword: amish bread
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast 1 package contains 1/4 ounce of yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 more cups water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening I use Crisco
  • 5 to 7 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Dissolve the yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water and set aside. In a pan on top of the stove heat the other 2 cups water, sugar, salt and shortening just until warm and sugar is dissolved and shortening is melted. Do not boil.
  • In a large mixing bowl add 4 cups flour and pour in the water with the salt and shortening. Mix with a spoon. Then add the dissolved yeast and water to the flour. Add the other 3 cups flour a little at a time mixing with a spoon until the dough comes together and you can make it into a ball. Spread some flour on a cutting board or counter top and knead the dough several times.
  • Grease a large bowl or crock (I use olive oil but you can use whatever oil you have). Put the dough in the crock and turn over once so both sides are greased. Put in a warm spot and let rise for 3 hours. (I put in my oven and turn the oven light on) Remove and punch the dough down with your fist. cut the dough in half. Grease 2 (9 x 5) bread pans and spread the dough in the pans. Let rise another 1 1/2 hours. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Makes 2 loaves.

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31 Comments

  1. Will definitely make this!

  2. Could you do this in a bread machine?

  3. Amy Bohannon says:

    Can you let this dough rise overnight? I’ve made it once before and it’s absolutely delicious thank you for sharing.

  4. This is a wonderful bread recipe and so easy to follow and make. I used your recipe for a 4H bread baking contest my 6 year old granddaughter entered. She had to complete every step by herself except taking it in and out of a hot oven. Each step had to be documented with photos of her completing them. She had so much fun making this bread, learned a lot and won 1st place. It was beautiful and tasted wonderful. Of course we gave credit to you for the recipe in her entry. Besides the bread, the best part was the memories her and I made together. Thankful5 stars

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Oh I just love this! Leigh and I were both in 4-H and loved it! So glad you enjoyed the bread and it worked so well!

  5. I keep my yeast packets in a zip-lock bag in the freezer; same with baking powder and baking sofa. They will keep until I use up; sometime over a year. I’ve never had dead yeast. However, I will always proof the yeast

  6. I am trying out your recipe now. I am a novice bread maker but this far it seems pretty easy. I will let you know how it turns out.5 stars

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  8. Vicki Bechet says:

    Can I replace a couple of cups of all-purpose with whole wheat flour?

  9. Can i use bread flour instead of plain flour ?

  10. Patricia Gilmore says:

    This is not about the bread. I glanced at your recipe books, and wondered if you’re working on a book for the instant pot?

  11. My first time making bread. It was hard getting the last cup of flour mixed in, was I supposed to just put enough flour until it came together, it rising now for the 3 hrs

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, just until it comes together but if you got it in, I think it will be fine Ann. I hope you enjoy the bread and the recipe. I made sourdough bread today. It must be a day for bread making.

  12. I made this bread on Father’s Day and the whole family loved it! One of the easiest and least fussy bread recipes that I have made with great results!5 stars

  13. This bread is outstanding! Great recipe. Thank you!5 stars

  14. I love ALLLLL YOUR RECIPES. My question is can I use unsalted butter in the place of Chriso. Thanks. Sandy

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Sandy, Thank you for the sweet comment. I have not tried this with butter but I think it should work for you.

  15. When bread recipes call for all purpose flour can you use bread flour instead?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You should be able to use either and the same amounts in recipes, Saundra. You may see some difference in texture.

  16. Gayle Smith says:

    Mine didn’t rise. What did I do wrong? I did put it in a warm place.

  17. Do you just stir once a day for sour dough starter.

  18. The Southern Lady says:

    If 1 1/2 hours works for you, Donna, then do it for 1 1/2 hours. Just as long as it rises.

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