I had enough people ask me for my bread recipe (from my post a couple days ago) that it was easier to post it here than e-mail it to everyone. This is the recipe that my mom always made when I was growing up.
This makes 4 loaves of bread.
4 cups flour (I use all purpose most of the time and sometimes better for bread. Do not use self rising)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons salt
2 packets dry active yeast ( one packet equals 2 1/4 teaspoons)
Combine in a large mixer
In a sauce pan combine 4 1/2 cups milk and 1/2 cup cooking oil
Heat (on medium) until warm
Add 2 eggs and milk mixture to flour mixture. Beat 1/2 a minute on low and then 3 minutes on medium speed.
Gradually add 7-8 additional cups of flour to form a soft dough. You can tell it is ready when it starts to pull away from the side of the mixer.
Cover and let rise until it doubles in size (45-60 minutes)
Punch down and form 4 loaves. Place in greased pans and let rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees.
I have a gas oven and it only bakes for 30 minutes. My mom has an electric oven and it bakes for 40 minutes. I take mine out of the pan right away and let them cool on a washcloth. I put butter on the top while they are warm. When they have completely cooled, I put them in bags.
Also, if you half this recipe, don’t half the yeast. Still use 2 packets.