Martha asked for my bread recipe a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I would just share it here for all to see, if you are interested. Sorry for the delay, Martha.
5 c. warm water
1/2 c. oil
(I use olive oil, not extra virgin)
1/2/ c. honey
3 T. yeast
1/4 c. lecithin
7 -8 c. w. w. flour
2 T. salt
15-16 c. w.w. flour
When I make bread, I vary from using 100% whole wheat to sometimes adding a few cups of white flour.
Add first 7 ingredients in Bosch mix well (speed 2) and then let sponge rise 3 times. I let it rise just till it is reaching the ridge part in the center of the bowl. When risen just turn to M (on Bosch) for a minute then let rise again. Once done 3 times turn to speed 2 and add salt and remaining flour. With the flour you just keep adding until the dough leaves the side of the bowl clean. Let knead on 2 for 10 minutes. I will add a sprinkle of flour if dough is starting to stick to side of bowl.
Take dough out of bowl and shape into loaves, I like big loaves, so cut dough into four pieces. Shape into loaves and place into greased loaf pan. Once all are in pans, place into oven to rise for 30 minutes.
This is how mine look when I first put them into the oven.
Here they are after 30 minutes
When that is done, turn on oven at 400F. and set the timer for another 30 minutes. When timer rings the bread should be done and ready to take out of oven.
If you like soft crusts, butter top of bread right away and leave in loaf pan for a few minutes, then remove and let cool.
Bread making has been something I have done since I was child. Back then it was all done by hand and once my mom taught my friend (she was living with us at the time, & another interesting tidbit… she is now my sister-in-law… dh’s sister) and me how to make bread, that was our weekly chore. We had to knead it for 30 minutes. We always found that to be the longest 30 minutes ever!! But once again I’m thankful to have been taught how to bake bread. It is something that I will soon be teaching my girls, I think I’ll teach them both ways, by hand and with the Bosch.
If you have questions, please ask, plus I may have forgotten to mention something.