To those who want to try their hand at breadmaking I am going to post the recipe I used for my bread, now this is a dense bread not your feather light type of bread this has some soul to it and one piece of this probably equals 2-3 slices of regular bread, and it has a very mild sweetness to it, this recipe is for the sandwich bread not the sourdough bread, if anyone would like to have the sourdough recipe and starter let me know I will post that one also.
2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
2/3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour*(see note below)
Using a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water. After the sugar is dissolved, stir in the yeast, and allow the mixture to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
Into the yeast mixture, add the salt and the oil. Gradually mix in the flour, only one cup at a time. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and place in a well oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled in bulk. This usually takes about one hour.
After the dough has finished rising, knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. If you have a scale, weigh out the pieces to ensure even baking. Shape each piece of dough into loaf shape, and place into two well oiled 9 by 5 inch loaf pans. Allow the dough to rise for thirty more minutes, or until dough has risen about one inch above the pans.
Bake the loaves at 350 degrees for about thirty minutes, until golden brown on top.
*note- I used probably 1/2 to 3/4 cup more of flour so use judgement on this, the dough should pull away from sides of bowl and be elastic and almost satiny feeling, also oil bowl and then roll dough in it then cover with a warm damp kitchen towel.