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Big Batch Homemade Bread


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 4-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 12 to 12-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar, salt and oil; stir until dissolved. Add half the flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough that cleans the bowl. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours. Punch dough down. Cover and let rise again for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Divide dough into four parts and shape into loaves. Place in four greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and allow to cool on wire racks.
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Average Rating: 3.857142
  • John
    Sep 1, 2017

    This works really well. I did change the recipe to a half mix. Also I used rapeseed oil instead of Canola oil. The flavour is outstanding

  • Dec 21, 2014

    Can a person use vegetable oil in place of the canola oil??

  • Loufrommaine
    Dec 17, 2011

    This is a good basic recipe, but is made so much better with the addition of a little more oil, honey, and milk instead of water.

  • KaeBurns
    Jan 30, 2011

    I have made this recipe a few times, and it works just fine if I half it.

  • Isolda
    Oct 23, 2009

    The previous poster must have had bad yeast or the rising conditions were either too cool or warm. I had no problems and my four loaves turned out plump, beautifully textured, and delicious. I froze two loaves and when re-warmed they were almost as good as when fresh-baked. I will definitely use this recipe again.

  • roosterr
    Jan 12, 2008

    I made this bread, ( 4 ) loafs. and It didnt turn out!!!!!! It didnt rise enough and it was a lot of work !! I was sooo disapointed!!! I will never make this again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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