- 2 cups warm tap water (Let your wrist tell you the temp. It needs to be like a very warm baby bottle.)
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon dry yeast
- 2/3 cup sugar or less, depending on how sweet you want your bread
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 5-6 cups all-purpose flour
- In a small bowl to proof yeast, add water, yeast, and 1 tsp of the sugar. Let sit 10 minutes while mixing dry ingredients.
- Add 5 to 5 1/2 cups of the flour to mixer bowl.
- Add sugar, salt. Mix lightly, then add the oil and water.
- After yeast has proofed, add it to the dry ingredients.
- Mix with a dough hook on 3-4 speed for 8 minutes (by hand knead for 10 minutes) Add more flour if dough is too sticky a little at a time.
- Put in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a towel, then set aside in a warm spot to rise for 45-60 minutes, until double in size. I like to use my oven that was turned on to 400 degrees for about 4 minutes then turned off.
- Punch down dough, then divide in half, squeeze dough well and roll into shapes of loaves.
- Place in two greased loaf pans and let rise 30-45 minutes.
- Turn oven on to 325 degrees, put pans in and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and turn out loaves. Thump on bottom. Hollow sound means they are done.
- Cool on rack. Serve warm with butter.
Makes two loaves.
- You can also use less sugar if desired. Replace sugar with honey, but will need a little more flour.
- Replace white all-purpose flour with bread flour or fresh ground whole white wheat, but it will take longer to rise.
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