1/2 cup warm water
2 tbsp dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp fat(oil)
2 tsp salt
2 cups warm water
Stir in 71/2-8 cups flour.
Knead 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, turning to cover. Let rise in a warm place until doubled. Punch down and let rest 15 minutes. Divide dough into two. On floured surface, roll each half to 12x15 rectangle. Roll up and secure edges. Place loaves on greased cookie sheets or into loaf pans. Make 4 or 5 diagonal slashes across tops. Let rise until double. Mix and brush on:
2 tbsp milk
Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
Just a few notes:
- I use baker's yeast which doesn't need to be activated, so I just combine both measurements of water, and add the yeast followed by the rest of the ingredients. The half tsp of sugar is just to 'feed' the dry yeast in order to activate it.
- I also don't punch the dough down after the first rising. I don't find it makes a difference.
- My mom has French loaf pans that I use. I divide this recipe into four and get four long skinny loaves out of it.
- I also start off with 5 1/2 cups of flour and add more if needed.
I just made these this morning... mmm, mmm, good!