Rating: 4.71 stars
630 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 514
  • 4 star values: 74
  • 3 star values: 24
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 5

My husband's ancestors were Amish and Mennonite. This delicious recipe is adapted from an old Amish recipe, but made in the bread machine.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
5 mins
cook:
3 hrs
additional:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
4 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 1.5 pound loaf
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select White Bread cycle; press Start.

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  • When the dough has raised once and second cycle of kneading begins, turn machine off. Reset by pressing Start once again. This gives the dough two full raising cycles before the final raising cycle prior to baking.

Nutrition Facts

58 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 4.3g; fat 4.7g; sodium 97.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (508)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
Just to add a note, about this fantastic bread, 18 TBS is 1 cup + 2 TBS.... 18 TBS is just time consuming. But sure can't beat the bread. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
I tried something different with this recipe and it didn't work too well. I did it on the dough cycle and baked it in the oven. I guess I didn't bake it long enough because the center was doughy. I outer pieces had a wonderful flavor. I am trying it again now and will bake it in the bread maker. Read More
(37)
630 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 514
  • 4 star values: 74
  • 3 star values: 24
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
Just to add a note, about this fantastic bread, 18 TBS is 1 cup + 2 TBS.... 18 TBS is just time consuming. But sure can't beat the bread. Read More
(650)
Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2004
Fresh out of the bread machine, this bread is absolutely delicious. The only drawback to the recipe, is the measurement for the water. It would be easier if it were converted to the standard measurement of 1 cup and 2 tablespoons. Read More
(313)
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2004
just cut into our loaf from this recipe.. beautiful on the light setting and quite lovely in the crumb. My machine runs two raises and then a proof run so i did not stop it and reset. Used King Aurthur unbleach bread machine flower and corn oil.. no other changes... came out divine. Lots of flavor. If you start out with GOOD flour you get good bread. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2008
I'm a first time bread maker and this came out great. I bake mine in the oven 350 for 25mins and it is perfect. This makes incredibly yummy grilled cheese sandwiches. Update: hubby gave me a Breadman breadmachine for my bday. I set it to basic loaf on rapid for crust setting. My machine has 3 rise cycles so I take the dough out just as it goes into the 3rd rise and form it in breadpan. Let rise again and bake as above. Done in about 2hrs with no problems. I do use about 3 cups of flour and probably a 1/4 tsp more yeast. I make this about every other day and my daughters hover around the oven waiting for their treat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2005
I got this off Allrecipes about four years ago and have been using it ever since. It is perfect. Has become traditional for me to make everyone a loaf at Thanksgiving to have their leftover turkey sandwiches on. I use the easier measurment of 1 cup 2 tablespoons for the water. Read More
(75)
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2010
Amazing! I make this bread by hand using the following instructions: 1) Allow the yeast and the sugar to hang out in the warm water for 10 minutes 2) Add all the other ingredients and knead for less than or equal to 15 minutes. Kneading is complete when the dough is no longer sticky and it recoils slightly when you indent it with a finger. 3) Place dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise for 1-1.5hrs (I put the bowl in the oven, unheated, b/c my house is cold/drafty) 4) Punch the dough down and knead it for 1 minute 5) Place dough in a greased 9x5 loaf pan, cover with a towel, and let rise for 45 minutes 6) Bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes (crust should sound hollow at the end of baking) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2004
My bread machine sat unused until I found this recipe. Now my kids tell me to not buy bread at the store anymore. They want me to make this bread. I have also given out loaves to neighbors and those neighbors told other neighbors about how good it was. Great bread recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2005
This is great bread. My new everyday white bread recipe has been found!!! First time I made it the dough was very, very sticky and came out with a weird texture. So, the next time I added one extra tablespoon of bread flour. I mixed it in my bread machine (mine has two rise cycles) and then took it out, kneaded in one tablespoon bread flour and let it do the final rise in my bread pan for 55 minutes. I then baked it at 350 for 25 minutes. This bread is so delicous. Thank you! Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2004
This bread was what supermarket white breads strive to be. I was surprised at the softness of the crust. Usually I don't care for the crust of bread machine loaves but this one was awesome! My four year old daughter helped my make this so it is definately kid friendly and my eight year old son asked me to make this again instead of buying supermarket bread. I'd say that says it all. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
I tried something different with this recipe and it didn't work too well. I did it on the dough cycle and baked it in the oven. I guess I didn't bake it long enough because the center was doughy. I outer pieces had a wonderful flavor. I am trying it again now and will bake it in the bread maker. Read More
(37)