Homemade Butter on Homemade Bread

Is there anything better than homemade bread right out of the oven?  Actually, yes!  Just top it off with some freshly made butter.

It’s really quite easy although time consuming.  It takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, conveniently the same amount of time it takes for the bread to bake.  This recipe is very simple and turns out delicious.  So, get your mixers out and let’s get baking!

Amish White Bread

2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

2/3 cups white sugar

1 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

6 cups flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water; add yeast.  Allow to proof (sit) until yeast resembles a creamy foam.

Mix salt and oil into the yeast.  Work in 5 to 6 cups flour until dough does not stick to sides of bowl (I used 6 1/2 cups).  Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth.  Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat the entire surface.  Cover with a damp cloth.  Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down.  Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half.  Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.  Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes

While your bread is baking have fun making the butter:

Pour one pint of whipping cream into mixer and start mixing at high speed.

Continue to mix until the cream separates into butter, and buttermilk (about 20 minutes).

Pour off the buttermilk (save for future baking).  Rinse the butter off with cold water a couple times until the water runs clear and then ring out with hands.

Put some on the bread that is just coming out of the oven and enjoy!

Refrigerate remaining butter in an airtight container.

Thanks for reading!

Cindy Dorfsmith

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