I originally got this recipe when I was fourteen from my Young Women leader at church. It is almost no fail. I know it's good when my single brothers-in-law request it constantly. Hungry farmers know what they like and what will keep them full for a long hard day of work.
1. In mixing bowl dissolve in 4 cups warm water:
2 TBSP Yeast
1 TBSP Sugar
2.Let this mixture stand while you mix the following in a another bowl:
8 cups flour
1 1/2 cups powdered dry milk
3. To yeast mixture in mixing bowl add:
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
1 TBSP salt
Add flour and dry milk mixture to mixing bowl and mix together for about 3 minutes. Slowly add 2 1/2 - 3 more cups of flour. Knead in the machine for 3 - 5 minutes. Let the mixer do the work for you!
4. When the dough is stretchy knead it a little more by hand on a lightly floured surface.
5. Place in a greased bowl.
6.Cover and let rise about 1 hour or until double in size.
7.Punch dough down and cut into four equal pieces. Roll out each piece.
8. Shape into a loaf. Place in greased loaf pans.
9. Cover and let rise only until tops of bread are about an inch taller than the pans. About 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 25 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes.
10.Take out of pans and brush tops and sides with butter. The butter helps to make a soft crust.
To make Cinnamon Raisin Bread roll out dough then spread brown sugar on top and sprinkle with cinnamon and raisins. Roll up into a loaf shape. Rise and bake as stated above. Makes great toast.
For the next several days I will be posting about the World Congress of Families. This year it is being held in Sydney, Australia. Remember how we helped to raise funds for Angela to attend? She is sending daily reports of the presentations, interviews she is able to have, and more. I am excited to share with you what she is experiencing. There are so many around the world - politicians, religious leaders, community organizers, trained professionals, and others - who are dedicated to defending the family. I will try to post each day's events in order so you are not reading them backwards as you scroll down. I have broken up Angela's summaries into several posts so it isn't overwhelming to see a HUGE post. Remember, if you have any questions you would like her to ask when she gives her interviews, leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to her.