Tuesday, February 8, 2011


After trying my hand at sourdough challah and Grand Marnier souffle, I decided I should go back to basics and attempt a simple loaf of bread.  For my first effort, I chose an easy Amish white bread.  It may not be very nutritious but it sure was tasty (like Hawaiian sweet rolls) . . . pretty easy too.  If you want to make a loaf yourself, take note: I had to increase the baking time to about 40-43 minutes.


  • 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


  1. 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 9x5 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.


  1. Dearest Colby, when you make a return to Brooklyn, i must insist that my boyfriend and i cook for you. Cook an elaborate meal and of course burn the calories afterwards.

    Hope you like veggie cuisine followed by yuppie 20-somethings for dessert :)

  2. Lol. You and the BF are the dessert?

  3. A loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, and thou. . . .