Makes 2 loaves
2 ¼ cup warm water
2 T. sugar
2 pkg. active dry yeast (4 1/2 t.)
1 T. salt
2 T. vegetable oil
6 cups flour
In a large mixer, combine water and sugar and yeast. Allow it to soften/proof for about 5 minutes. Add salt, oil, and half the flour; mix well. Add remaining flour. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. I just set my timer. Stir the dough down and allow to rest 10 more minutes. Repeat until dough has been stirred 5 times. It takes about an hour. I just go about my business listening for my timer. It's also very forgiving and if you can't mix/rest 5 times, 3 or 4 is ok too.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead 2 or 3 times. Divide dough into two loaves. Roll each loaf into a 9x13 inch rectangle (give or take). Roll from long side and pinch edges.
Place on baking sheet sprayed with Pam. Cover and allow it to rise about 30 minutes. Again, it's really forgiving if you're in a hurry and can't let it go that long. With a sharp knife, cut 3 gashes at angle on top of dough. Bake 400 degrees for 30 min, checking at about 20 minutes.
Delicious! I found the original recipe at Real Mom Kitchen. There are some awesome recipes there. This is a delicious bread that is fairly easy. The original recipe said that it was really soft, so I spritzed water on one loaf. Both loaves came out nice and brown. Once they cooled, both were soft, but still crusty. They were pretty dense loaves. I think they need a bit more than 30 minute rising time.
They are perfect with the Carrabba's Italian Seasoning mix. I also think it would be a great food storage recipe, because it doesn't need anything special or extra. It's nice and basic.