3 cups warm water
4.5 tsp yeast OR 2 pkgs
5 tbsp sugar or honey (if you heat the honey til liquidy it mixes in really really easy)
1 cup milk (optional to replace with water if not using milk)
5 tbs butter (about 1/4 cup)
1 tsp salt
2 or 3 eggs
about 7 cups flour
1. mix water, honey/sugar and yeast together, let set while you warm the milk and butter.
2. Add warm milk and butter to water and yeast mixture.
3. add salt and eggs.
4. Add flour one cup at a time. It will take up to 7 cups of flour. You will know it's well mixed when it pulls away from the bowl.
5. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface, flour up your hands and knead for 10 minutes.
6. Place the dough into a greased bowl and let set until risen -- will double in size. Takes about 40-60 minutes.
7. Preheat oven to 350
8. Punch the dough down, divide into three and make your loaves or buns. Cover with damp cloth and let sit until risen (about 20 minutes)
9. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, unless making buns then cook about 20 minutes.
1. I again used two types of yeast because I failed to get out shopping yesterday.
2. I forgot the salt and the eggs... GO FIGURE, it worked anyways!!!! The butter I am using right now is salted so I think that helped.
3. I added an extra almost tbsp of honey because I slightly over measured the hard honey we have here. Didn't want to pour it back into the container as it just seemed like too small an amount to fuss with. :)
4. I didn't use the stove top to heat the milk and butter, I used a microwave (easier). Just heated it for 30 seconds at a time until it was warm and the butter melted.
5. all told, from when I was kneading the dough I probably used 8 cups flour.
6. Rising time varies depending on the temperature in the house, might take longer to rise (see image above from buns allowed to rise different lengths of time, the smaller one for 20 minutes, the larger for 50.