Step 1: Materials
2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons of yeast
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
5-5 1/2 cups white flour
1 tablespoon wheat germ (optional)
Step 2: Proofing Yeast
Step 3: The Ingredients
Now we will place the proofed yeast into the KitchenAid. We are going to add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and 5-5 1/2 cups of flour. I also like to add 2 tablespoons of wheat germ to add flavor, but it is not necessary. We will need the dough hook that is made for the KitchenAid. (See photo)
Step 4: Mixing
Now that all the ingredients have been added, we are going to turn the KitchenAid on to it's lowest setting and allow the flour to slowly be mixed into the water. If the KitchenAid is turned to high, flour will be thrown out of the KitchenAid and you will have a white kitchen to clean up. Once the flour and water have been mixed to a somewhat dough, you can turn the KitchenAid up to a higher speed to kneed the dough.
Step 5: Bread Pan
While the KitchenAid is doing it's work, we want to get the bread pan ready. To prepare the bread pan, all we need to do is make sure that the inside of the pan is coated in butter so the bread will not stick after it is cooked.
Step 6: Dough Consistancy
Step 7: Place Dough in Bread Pan.
Step 8: Rising Dough
Step 9: Preheat Oven
Step 10: Cook Bread
Step 11: Complete!
You should bake the loaf for 30-35 minutes. If you think it needs more time than that, it would be a good idea to check the bread every 5 minutes after the 30 minute time. To tell if the bread is done, is by the crust. It should be dry, very firm, and a nice golden brown color. If its still very pale, you need to give it a few more minutes.
I usually set the timer for 20 minutes and rub butter over the top and then finish baking it for the final 10 mins. When the bread is done, remove the pan from the stove and place the bread on a cooling rack. Enjoy!
- a final note: If you want to use the dough for rolls, what I have found works is cooking the rolls for 10-15 minutes (depending on size of roll).