This is my mom's recipe for bread. It's very versatile- you can use whatever kind of flour you want, and add things in (oatmeal, granola, dry milk, wheat germ, etc). It's a simple and easy recipe, too. I made this the other day, and wanted to use my Kitchenaid for kneading the dough. I have a smaller Kitchenaid, and too much dough taxes the motor, so I cut the recipe in half and only made one loaf. Well, that loaf didn't have a very long life..... should have made two! Here is the original recipe, which makes two loaves. She's been using this recipe for years and I have fond memories of it. :)
Note: I used half white, half whole-wheat flour for this bread, and also added 1/2 cup of rolled oats.
from my Mom
3 cups warm water
2 packages yeast (4- 1/2 teaspoons)
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup oil
8 cups flour, divided
1. Put the first 3 ingredients in a bowl (I used my stand mixer). Stir until dissolved. Add the salt, oil, and five cups flour of your choice. Stir 100 times with a wooden spoon. Add three cups more flour. Mix and then turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. (Or, knead in stand mixer about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic).
2. Put into a greased bowl, turning dough once to grease all sides. Cover and let rise until double (60-90 minutes). Punch down. Put into 2 greased bread pans. Let rise about an hour, loosely covered. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake for 35-50 minutes, until bread is done. Brush crust with butter as soon as you remove bread from oven.
Variations- Use any type of flour, half white/half wheat, cracked wheat, oatmeal, raisins, granola, dry milk, wheat germ, etc. This is a very forgiving recipe and most anything will work!
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