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Fabulous Homemade Bread

Rated as 4.74 out of 5 Stars

"Best Homemade Bread - 6 loaves in less than 3 hours! This is a variation of my mother Elaine's recipe. She is 75, and still makes hers by hand. I cheat and use a Bosch mixer, that's my time saver."
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servings 44
Original recipe yields 72 servings (6 loaves)


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  1. In the mixing bowl of an electric mixer, stir together 1/2 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 cup bread flour, and yeast. Let grow for about 5 minutes. It will bubble almost immediately.
  2. Measure oats, 4 1/2 cups warm water, whole wheat flour, salt, 2/3 cup sugar, and 2/3 cup oil into the mixing bowl. Mix on low speed with a dough hook for 1 to 2 minutes. Increase speed slightly, and begin adding bread flour 1/2 to 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Humidity determines how much flour you need before the bread pulls away from the edge of the bowl. It is normal for the dough to be sticky.
  3. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  4. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Shape loaves, and place in greased 8 x 4 inch pans. Let rise until dough is 1 inch above rim of pans, usually 1 hour.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C) for 35 minutes, or until tops are browned. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 44 calories; 2.3 5.5 0.9 0 146 Full nutrition

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This recipe was rather easy for a bread recipe and made good bread. There was no way that we could eat 6 loaves of bread before they went bad so after I let the dough rise the first time and sh...

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I accidentally made it with white sugar...not sure if this affected how it tasted. It was good, but it didn't have the fresh homemade baked bread taste I was looking for.

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This recipe was rather easy for a bread recipe and made good bread. There was no way that we could eat 6 loaves of bread before they went bad so after I let the dough rise the first time and sh...

I bake bread laboriously every week, sometimes twice a week, and this is the best recipe I've ever used. It makes great hamburger buns, too, and rolls and the recipe follows exactly like it is ...

Wow...this is amazing. AMAZING. I had never made bread before, and I didn't have a bread machine OR a large mixer...and it still turned out great! I kneaded the dough according to the instruc...

What an excellent all-purpose sandwich bread! It has such a lovely texture and delicate taste, no doubt from the oats and brown sugar. I made the recipe as written but with the following two...

Just bit into my very first loaf of homemade bread. Whoa baby, that was good! My 11 year-old loved it too. And it only cost me $2.00 for the entire batch. I buy bulk, it's cheaper. Even the yea...

Great recipe. I made it without a mixer or any high tech gadgets, just some elbow grease, a bowl, and an oven. It's my first time ever trying to make bread, and I'm enjoying it now with my coffe...

This is perfect!I've been trying out several recipes for a good home made bread, and several times came out with a so-so result. But this one's the best so far.A real keeper. Had to cut down the...

I haven't even made this bread and I already am giving it a "5-star" rating just from reading all the reviews! I have a question and I hope that you experienced bread makers can help me. I am ...

Delicious, although i always veganize the recipe (I've found both vegan margarin and vegetable oil works instead of butter, and instead of eggs use "Ener-G Egg Replacer", or just 4 tablespoons o...