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I used to bake bread a lot. But I could devour it too quickly when it took a lot to make. So in wanting fresh out of the oven bread, and not happy with my bread machine, decided to look a little harder for a good recommendation. This recipe I found on http://www.tastespotting.com from
“what megan’s making….” blog site and thought her idea of making this bread instead of buying bread was a winner. Enjoy.

2-¼ cups Warm Water
2 Tablespoons Sugar
4-½ teaspoons Yeast
1 Tablespoon Salt
2 Tablespoons 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 and mix well (I used the dough hook on my kitchenaid). Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Stir the dough down and allow to rest 10 more minutes. Repeat until dough has been stirred/rested 5 times.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead lightly 2 or 3 times. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a long loaf and place on baking sheet sprayed with Pam. Cover and allow it to rise 30-60 minutes. With a sharp knife, cut 3 gashes at angle on top of dough. Spray top with water. Bake 400 degrees for 30 min, checking at about 20 minutes.

What to wear?…..A mini apron of course! Throw some pearls on just for fun. There’s a little Aunt Bea in everyone.

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