5 1/4 c. flour (whole wheat, all-purpose, bread flour, or combination!)
4 T. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 T. oil
2 c. hot water
1 pkg. quick active yeast
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 c. warm water (not too hot or you'll ruin the yeast)
Directions:Pour the contents of the yeast into a small cereal bowl. Add the 1/2 tsp. of sugar and the 1/4 c. of warm water. Let it sit undisturbed for 10 minutes.
As the yeast is activating, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl that you have sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Then stir in the oil.
If the yeast is about ready, stir the hot water in with the dry ingredients and then add in the yeast mixture. The dough will be sticky.
Stir well and then pour out onto a floured surface and begin to knead. Knead the dough about 10-15 times.
Divide the dough into two loaves. You can do two artisan style loaves or one "loaf" and one artisan style, or two regular loaves. Divide up and place in a warm place for 25 minutes (I set my oven to 170 degrees when I started gathering my ingredients and turned it off right before I put the dough in to rise). Cover the loaves with a hand towel.
After 25 minutes the loaves should have risen nicely. Remove the loaves and set them on top of the stovetop and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Let it preheat just 5 minutes and then put the loaves into cook.
Bake for 25 minutes. Wasn't that easy? :)