I love to cook and I am a pretty confident baker, however, one thing I've struggled with is finding a really yummy bread recipe. I know- kind of funny being as there are a zillion out there and bread is one of those ‘basics” that almost anyone can make themselves. Nevertheless, I keep trying new recipes and have finally found one I really like and have gotten good results from! Even better- it's easy and from start to finish it takes just over 2 hours!
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour (3 cups white, 3 cups whole wheat- or any ratio you'd like!)
Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Add secret ingredient- dough enhancer! I add 2-4 TBSP depending on how much whole wheat flour I've used. It really helps make the bread lighter and fluffier! I got mine at Walmart for $5.88 and it will last a long time.
Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans. (As you can see from the pic below, I let mine rise in the 2nd time in the oven. It works well as it's still warm and the bread doesn't get disturbed by me moving it.)
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
Voila! Beautiful, delicious homemade bread for a fraction of the cost!