6 to 6 ½ cups flour
1 ½ tablespoons dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
2 ½ cups water
½ cup oil
1 tablespoon salt
In mixing bowl combine 3 cups flour, sugar and yeast. Add warm water and oil. Stir together to cake batter stage. Add salt annzd 3 cups more flour, one at a time, until well mixed. If dough is too sticky, add a little more flour up to ½ cup. Knead about 6 minutes.
Cover and let rise at 10 minute intervals, stirring down 5 times. Divide in half and form into loaves.
Let rise 30 minutes (45 minutes if the house is cool). Bake at 400° for 30 minutes.
Bread bowls: Add the extra ½ cup flour so the dough is stiff. Use 6 ounces for large bowls (makes 8) and 4 ounces for smaller bowls (makes 12). Form into balls, and place on greased cookie sheets. Let rise and bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
French Dip Rolls: Use 2 ounces of dough and shape into an oblong shape; let rest 10 minutes, then pat down. Let rise and bake at 400° for 16 minutes. Makes 22 rolls