- 1 package yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 6 – 7 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside and let the yeast proof.
In a large bowl combine the sugar, two cups warm water and melted butter. Add the yeast.
Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, to form a soft dough, mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Set a kitchen timer for eight minutes, and let the mixer knead the dough for you; or you can turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand.
Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough double in size; about 2 hours.
Punch the dough down and divide into two portions. Shape the dough into loaves and place in baking pans, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for another 2 hours or until doubled in size.
Before baking, brush the tops of the loaves with melted butter.Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Allow to cool in pans for about 10 minutes and then turn the bread loaves out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.