1T yeast (you can just use one packet if you buy it in packets, but the whole tablespoon makes it good in my opinion)
2 C warm water
1 T sugar
2 t salt
6 C white flour
2 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C hot water
1/2 C honey
1/4 C oil
1. Dissolve yeast in the 1/2 cup of warm water. Basically, just pour they yeast in the measuring cup with the water. I use a spoon to smoosh the yeast against the sides till there are no more clumps in the water.
2. Pour into a bowl with the sugar, salt, 3 cups white flour, and 1 cup of whole wheat flour.
3. Beat with a mixer until smooth. Cover and sit in a warm place until bubbly/puffy. This takes about an hour.
4. Stir together and add 1/2 cup hot water, 1/2 cup honey, and 1/4 cup oil. Stir these in.
5. Add the remaining 4 cups of flour. Mix until smooth.
6. Knead for around 10 minutes. I always advocate kneading by hand! There's something about doing it that way that just makes your bread better. My grandma says that's where you put the love in your bread.
7. Place in a greased bowl and be sure to grease the top of your bread too. I use butter for the bowl and the top of the bread. Then cover and set it in a warm place.
8. Let rise until doubled.
9. Punch it down and separate it into 3 loaves. Be sure your loaf pans are greased! Cover and let it double in size again.
10. Bake at 375 degrees for around 45 minutes or until your bread sounds hollow when you knock on the top.
11. Let them cool for about 10 minutes in the pan before setting them out on cooling racks to finish cooling.
Voila, pretty and delicious homemade bread! This freezes very well, so I typically make 2 batches, keep 2 loaves out while freezing the other 4.
If you try this recipe, I'd love to hear about it!
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