This was part of a Christmas present from one of my favorite cousins. (shh, don't tell the rest of the fam) I'm constantly asking her for recipes of things she making so for Christmas she made me a book with all of her fav's inside. I loved it! I swear homemade gifts are the best and they deff come from the heart. Here's the recipe for you all to enjoy, I don't have the original owner so I can't give anyone but Tina kudos for it.
-2 cups warm water
-2/3 cup white sugar
-1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
-1 1/2 teaspoons salt
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-5 to 6 cups of white flour
1. In a large bowl dissolve the sugar in warm water. Stir in yeast and let sit. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam. *I had to put mine on top of our vent, Nebraska winters get a little chilly and our old farm house is a tid drafty from time to time*
2. Mix salt and oil into the mixture. Then, slowly add one cup of flour at a time until a dough forms. I used my KitchenAid with my dough hook for this and it worked great, just make sure you follow the one cup at a time rule, if you add too much flour right away it'll all fly out of your mixer and you'll have a big mess! Pull out of mixer and knead with your hands a couple more times then oil bowl and place "ball" of dough back into the bowl. Cover with damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled in size, about one hour.
3. Punch dough down. Knead with hands for a few minutes and split into two loafs if you'd like two smaller loafs. Shape into loaf's and place into a oiled 9" X 5" loaf pan. Allow to rise again for another thirty minutes or until the dough has risen about one inch.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until top is golden brown. Mine had a little blow-out on one side so next time I'm going to try a bigger pan or split it like the recipe suggests!
*Note, you can change out the type of flour you choose to what works for you. The actual recipe called for bread flour but I used just regular flour instead. Another great idea would be to use wheat flour if you're a huge wheat fan.
Happy baking, the bread turns out great I promise! It tastes exceptional warm and also works great for a quick breakfast with jam on it. I'm even considering using it full time instead of buying bread. Remember how one of my goals was to make more and buy less? This recipe will for sure make the books for this goal.
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