I just wanted to re-post a recipe I tried a couple months back. I have actually contemplated trying it again, but I'm just a little scared yet. I think it might be a good idea to wait till it is a bit warmer outside so the bread rises better. To be honest though, I thought my bread looked beautiful!
"Yesterday I made Homemade Amish Bread, but didn't have the greatest results. It was good, but very heavy and dense.
Today I tried again. I haven't had the opportunity to taste it, as it is going out with my husband. I might make the kids and I a loaf tomorrow.
What I did differently today was to first use 1/2 cup less flour, and 1/8 tsp more yeast. So I did 1 1/4 teaspoons of yeast instead of 1 1/8th. I also made sure the water was a lot hotter when I was disolving the yeast. And lastly, I made sure that the bread was in an even warmer spot than yesterday. Luckily I was baking cookies today (another post to come about that later), so the oven was on and the bread rose nicely. Twice.
Here is a picture of the bread right before I put it in the oven:
And here is one of it after baking. I also brushed butter on the top to soften it.
Please pardon the fuzziness, my camera battery is dying.
I'm guessing the final verdict will be tomorrow when my husband tells me if it was good or not!
2/15 I forgot to update. He said the bread was much much better! Still a little dense, but not nearly as bad as last time, LOL. As you can see the bread turned out beatifully as well, but I guess it "kneads" a bit more "kneading", lol."