There is nothing better to come home too then the smell of bread baking in the oven. When I make bread I like to make them in huge batches. That way I can freeze the loaves and give them to my neighbors or have them to pull out on days when I don't have time to bake. This recipe freezes wonderfully then you just pull it out in the morning and allow it to rise and then bake it. You can even run errands while its rising. This recipe can also be white or wheat. I like to mix mine half and half.
2 cups warm water
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1 Tbsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
5-7 cups of bread flour, white or wheat will work too (can use more if needed)
1 Tbsp. shortening
1 Tbsp. butter (to top bread)
Place the yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Pour the warm water (not too hot) over the yeast mixture and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, or until nice and bubbly.
Combine melted butter, sugar, evaporated milk and salt into a large mixing bowl. When your yeast mixture is ready add them together and mix.
If you are using a stand mixer put on your bread hook and then pour in 3 cups of flour. If not you can stir/kneed it as well. Then add in 1 cup of flour at a time and mix. When you get to 5 cups of flour in the bowl, add in 1/2 cup more of flour at a time until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides. You'll know it's ready when your fingers no longer stick to the dough.
Cover the ball of dough and sides of the bowl with shortening and cover the bowl with a warm towel. Set by the window and allow it to rise (approx 1.5 hours). When it has risen over the bowl punch it down and place on a floured service. Kneed the dough for 2-3 minutes.
Cut dough into two pieces and roll them out into a rectangle. Roll the dough up and place into 2 greased bread pans.
Let the bread rise again, and when it looks like a good loaf of bread place them in the oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. When the bread is done, coat the top with butter and remove onto a cooling rack.
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