Homemade bread. Nothing tastes or smells better than bread baking in the oven. I remember my Grandma baking bread. She always wore an apron.....I don't think I had ever seen her without one. I remember her hands kneading the bread and making sure the loaves had risen just right.
My Grandma wouldn't just bake a loaf or two. Oh no!! When she made bread, she made sure it would last the week and with a ton of grandchildren running in and out every day between haying, feeding the chickens and playing in the barn ..... well let's just say there had to be a LOT of bread. We would get hungry, you know!
I am always on the lookout for new bread recipes. I have tried many. Some have failed and some have been a success. I can't say there is just one I use consistently. I like trying different recipes. So .....
I found another one. This link showed up on my Pinterest page and well, in memory of my Grandma, I donned my apron and I just had to give it a try. I was thankful I did.
Amish Country Bread
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter
3 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups of hot water
2 tablespoons of rapid rise yeast
5 cups of flour
Put all the ingredients into a large bowl (or in the KitchenAid mixer if you have one) and let it sit for a few minutes so, as Lindsey likes to say, "the yeast can do it's thing".
Add the flour in small batches and mix with a wooden spoon until all flour is added, then turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or dough is smooth and elastic (or mix with a dough hook for 8 to 10 minutes if using a KitchenAid).
Place dough in a well greased bowl and let rise until doubled in size (approximately 30 minutes if your kitchen is warm).
Punch down and divide in half into 2 rounds and place on a well greased cookie sheet. Cut decorative slits in top. Let dough rise again.
Rub an egg white wash (1 egg white + 1 tablespoon water) over the top and sprinkle with kosher salt. I added parmesan sprinkled on the top at this point. You can also sprinkle dried rosemary.
Bake at 400 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes.
It makes a flat(er) round loaf. Ours did not last long. In fact the two loaves did not make it to include it with dinner.
Have fun baking and remember to give your loved ones a hug!