Friday, August 21, 2009

Amish Aylmer Bread

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I'm back in the kitchen with my Amish cookbook. This time I am making Amish Aylmer Bread. Let me tell you, if you love to work with doughs, this is the bread recipe for you. The texture of the dough when kneading is so silky smooth. I wish you could experience how luxurious it feels.

I'm beginning to wonder about myself. As long as I have had this treasured book in my possession, I have perused the pages but never cooked from it. What was wrong with me!?! I think this might just become my new favorite cookbook. I can't wait to take it to the next level and start cooking some dinner menus from it.

Amish Aylmer Bread
For each loaf of bread you make use:

1 c. luke warm water
1 tsp. melted lard or cooking oil (milk can be used as part of liquid if desired)
1 tsp. salt (scant)
1 Tblsp. sugar
1 tsp. yeast
3 c. all purpose flour

In a large mixing bowl combine first 5 ingredients in order listed. Let stand until yeast is dissolved.

Stir in 1/2 of the flour mixture until smooth, then add in remaining flour.

Work dough on a greased board or in a bowl, kneading it vigorously for 5-10 minutes or until dough "squeaks."

Cover dough and let sit in a warm, draft free place until it doubles in size.

Knead dough lightly and let rise again until doubled in size. (Note: Do NOT punch dough down, just simply and gently knead it for about a minute or so.) Knead once again and let rise once more. (Note: Do NOT punch dough down, just simply and gently knead it for about a minute or so.)

After the third rise, punch dough down; divide and shape into loaves. (This dough is so silky feeling. It's like touching little clouds of Heaven.) Place dough into a greased bread pan.

Brush lightly with oil and prick the loaf deeply with a fork to release any air bubbles that may be trapped in the dough. Cover and allow to rise.

Bake for 15 minutes at 400* and then 15 minutes at 350* for a total cooking time of 30 minutes.

Grease top of bread once removed from oven. Remove from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.

**For 8 loaves, use 2 rounded Tblsp. of yeast.

Click HERE for printable recipe.

Recipe Source: Amish Cooking, Deluxe Edition


Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

This is very much like my bread. My favorite cook books are Amish. I have been cooking their recipes for a long time. They use the basic ingredients which is so nice!
Have a great weekend!

Rachel said...

Oh, Yum! Bread is one of my favorite things to make! So delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe out! =:D

Thank you so much stopping by our blog! I am glad you enjoyed your visit! And thank you for your lovely comments! =:) Both of your blogs are fantastic! I love these kinds of recipes so I am sure I'll be back! =;)

God Bless!

Rose said...

Thank you so much for the Amish bread tututoral~do I need a mixer to make this bread of can I just mix it with a spoon? I see you have a kitchenaid mixer? Your bread looks delicious~Enjoy! God bless,Rose

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Some of my favorite cookbooks are my Amish cookbooks ... acutally, I sort of have a curious interest in Amish culture and through several years of study have developed an exceptional respect for them ... Anyhow, I love how nearly EVERY recipe has been developed from the most basic ingredients. I really can't ever remember a time when I had to purchase a special ingredient for an Amish recipe.
I don't have your Amish recipe book, but I think I'll try to add it to my collection - it sounds TERRIFIC.

Keeper of our Home said...

Rose ~ I use my kitchenaid as it is much easier this way, but am sure you could do this by hand. It just may take some elbow muscle *grin* but it will be well worth it. I have already had several people try both the Aylmer and the Brown bread and tell me they loved it! So do try it if you can. I am sure you will be pleased with the results.

~Mrs. M

Blessed Beyond said...

I think I can smell the bread here! It looks wonderful! You really inspire me to want to do better! And make more of your yummy recipes!

Hugs and Blessings,