This bread really is fabulous. It’s my favorite recipe for baking a bunch of loaves for freezing.
Of course, we eat one loaf straight from the oven. Ya just can’t help it.
You can buy bread bags with ties from Walmart for a couple bucks. I let my loaves cool, then go ahead and place each one in a bag with tie, then freeze. Simply set on counter to thaw, then use as normal.
You DO have butter, right?
Fabulous Homemade Bread
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 3 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast (OR 6 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast)
- 1/4 cup organic, unbleached flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar/sucanat
- 2 cups oats
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 4 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 2/3 cup brown sugar/sucanat
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 10 cups organic, unbleached flour
- In the mixing bowl of an electric mixer, stir together 1/2 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and yeast. Let grow for about 5 minutes. It will bubble almost immediately.
- Measure oats, 4 1/2 cups warm water, whole wheat flour, salt, 2/3 cup sugar, and 2/3 cup oil into the mixing bowl. Mix on low speed with a dough hook for 1 to 2 minutes. Increase speed slightly, and begin adding bread flour 1/2 to 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Humidity determines how much flour you need before the bread pulls away from the edge of the bowl. It is normal for the dough to be sticky.
- Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- Divide dough into five or six pieces. Shape loaves, and place in greased 8 x 4 inch pans. Let rise until dough is 1 inch above rim of pans, usually 1 hour. (No need to cover the bread to let it rise in pans.)
- Bake at 325 for 30 minutes, or until tops are browned. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
Now. Time to get your bake on!
Get ready for your kitchen to be invaded! You won’t have to say a word. The wonderful aroma of fresh-baked bread will draw all of your children away from their favorite activities asking for a slice…..and for butter. I really hope you have butter.