Here is what you need for two loaves:
- 3 2/3 cups warm water
- 4 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 2 packets instant yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
- 7 1/2 cups bread flour (all purpose will do, too)
- melted butter (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
- non-stick spray
Start by stirring the water, salt, sugar, and yeast together in a mixing bowl. I used my stand mixer with a paddle attachment, but this can be mixed by hand, too.
Add the flour and mix until the dough just comes together.
The dough will be loose, stringy, and very sticky.
Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick spray, and set it in a warm place to rise.
You want it to double in size. It will take about an hour, though this batch was ready to go after about 30 minutes.
Prepare your loaf pans by spraying them with non-stick spray and adding a handful of cornmeal. Turn the pan to coat the bottom and sides with the cornmeal
Spray your hands with the non-stick spray and divide the dough between the loaf pans. You want the pans to be only about halfway full.
Did I mention the dough is very sticky?
Cover the loaf pans with your oiled plastic wrap and let the dough rise again. Preheat the oven to 350 while you wait. You want to be ready to go when your dough is! The bread is ready to put in the oven when the dough has risen to the top of the pans.
Bake for 30 minutes, then brush the tops of the loaves with the melted butter. Then put the bread back in the oven for ten more minutes.
Turn the loaves out onto a cooling rack immediately, and brush with melted butter again. Allow to cool, then enjoy!
This bread was a huge hit. The first two loaves disappeared in only a couple days. I'm pretty sure my toddler ate about half a loaf by himself yesterday.