- 5-6 cups all-purpose flour (you can substitute whole wheat flour for 1 or 2
- 2 tablespoons of dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 cups hot water (120-130 degrees F.)
Mix 3 cups of the flour with the yeast, sugar and salt. Pour in the hot water and beat 100 strokes (or 3 minutes with a mixer).
Stir in the remaining flour until the dough loses its stickiness. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead for 8 minutes or use a dough hook in a kitchen aid and knead for 8 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a warm damp cloth. Let rise for 15 minutes in a warm spot (away from drafts).
Punch down and divide the dough into two pieces (if making bread bowls, cut each of the two pieces into 4 equal parts. Shape into round loaves and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut an "X" one-half inch deep in each of the loaves with a wet sharp knife.
Place baking sheet with loaves in the middle of a COLD oven. Place a pan of hot water on the lowest shelf. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and bake 40-50 minutes until golden brown.