There is nothing more comforting than sitting down to bread warm from the oven. With fresh preserves spread on a slice it is like biting into paradise. I not only like warm bread from the oven but I enjoy having it with a bowl of stew or oatmeal. This particular recipe is one of my all time favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
- 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 packages regular active dry yeast
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil or shortening
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
- In 1-quart saucepan, heat water and oil until very warm (120°F to 130°F)
- In large bowl, mix 2 cups of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast
- Add warm liquid to flour mixture; beat with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, scraping bowl frequently
- With spoon, stir in 2 1/2 to 3 cups of the flour until dough pulls cleanly away from side of bowl
- On floured work surface, knead in remaining 1/2 to 1 cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes
- Grease large bowl with shortening or cooking spray
- Place dough in bowl; cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80°F to 85°F) 45 to 60 minutes or until light and doubled in size.
- Grease 2 (8×4- or 9×5-inch) loaf pans with shortening or cooking spray
- Gently push fist into dough to deflate; divide in half
- On lightly floured work surface, roll out each half of dough with rolling pin into 16×8-inch rectangle. Starting with one 8-inch side, roll up dough tightly, pressing with thumbs to seal after each turn. Fold ends under loaf; place seam side down in pan. Cover; let rise in warm place 30 to 35 minutes or until dough fills pans and tops of loaves are about 1 inch above pan edges.Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal; press each end with side of hand to seal
- Heat oven to 375°F. Uncover dough; bake 40 to 50 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when lightly tapped
- Immediately remove from pans; place on wire racks. Brush with melted butter
- Cool completely, about 1 hour.