Mike's Bread Recipe
For 6 loaves:4 tbsp Yeast
4 tbsp Sugar (you can substitute honey or molasses)
1 tbsp Salt
1/2 pound softened butter or softened margarine or 1 cup of cooking oil
(Preferably Watkins Grapeseed Oil)
4 cups warm (115-+ deg F) water
2-3 cups, your choice, 12-grain or 7-grain flour mix or oatmeal or any other bread-compatible flour or grain.
Put the above dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and pour in the water.
Stir till all smooth, and yeast starts to bubble.
When mixture is too stiff to stir with a spoon, begin kneading flour in.
Depending on the humidity, and the type of "other" bread mix you used above,
you should be using 5, plus or minus, cups of white flour.
Knead dough till smooth and till it no longer sticks to the bowl and your hands
Allow dough to rise to about double its height.
While dough is rising, grease 6 regular size bread pans or 4 large pans.
When dough is risen enough, punch down, knead for a minute or so, then divide into equal sized loaves and place into pans.
Preheat oven to 350-400 degrees F.
Allow bread to rise for about 15-20 mins in pans, and place into preheated oven.
Bake for 35 minutes or till bread is golden brown on top.
You can brush the tops of the loaves with milk or eggs, just before baking, for a firmer, browner crust.
You can cut the recipe in half or double it in proportion.