This is the ultimate white Amish bread, made with all of the ingredients necessary for a rich, sweet, yeasty dough. This is a bread suitable for Amish celebrations, using all of the best ingredients, milk, eggs, butter and sugar.
Everyday table breads would use water instead of milk, vegetable oil instead of butter and no eggs. Give it a try and see how just a few ingredient changes transform ordinary white bread into something truly indulgent and amazing.
This versatile recipe will make 2 large loaves (9x5), 36 dinner rolls or 1 large loaf and 18 dinner rolls, your choice.
Warm milk in a medium sauce pan until it just starts to bubble; remove from heat. Mix in butter, sugar and salt. Stir until melted. Cool to the temp of warm bath water.
In small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes until foamy. In mixer bowl of stand mixer, combine yeast mixture with lukewarm milk mixture (think warm bath water), 2 eggs and 2 cups of flour. Stir to combine. On setting 2 of stand mixer fitted with dough hook, gradually add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough forms a ball and cleans sides and bottom of mixer bowl. If it climbs over the top of your dough hook, you need more flour. (Dough should not be sticky. The amount of flour can differ, depending on many things including humidity, brand, etc. Use your eyes and your touch as your guide. Keep feeling it. It should clean the sides of bowl, form a ball and not stick all over your hands when handled. Stop adding flour right when it is no longer sticky. Flour measurements in bread baking recipes are always approximate.) Once you hit the right consistency, knead on speed 2 for 5 minutes. (By hand 8-10 minutes.)
Place dough in large buttered bowl, turning once. Cover with Saran Wrap sprayed with cooking spray. Heat oven to 250 degrees and place bowl on hot pad on back burner to rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour. Use a big enough bowl... it gets pretty big! This bowl is 11" in diameter and 5 1/2 " high.
Punch down dough and form into desired loaves or rolls on very lightly floured counter. If forming into rolls, rolls should be placed so that sides are just touching. (For the nicest looking loaves and rolls, please check out some of the awesome online tutorials. Shaping the loaves or rolls correctly makes a huge difference in how your breads turn out.) Place in greased pans, cover with sprayed Saran Wrap and allow to rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour. For loaves, I like them to rise about 1 1/2-2 inches above pan.
When just about ready, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake at 350 degrees. For rolls, approximately 15-20 minutes, or until golden. For bread, 20-25 minutes, or until you can tilt the bread partially out of the pan onto a hot pad covered hand and the bottom is golden, not doughy. Watch carefully as all ovens are different. Bread loaves should be removed from pan immediately and cooled on wire racks. Rolls can cool in the pan. Brush gently with melted butter.
Try to wait until bread has cooled for the nicest slices, then slather with butter or jam and enjoy!