I really enjoy the great rewards of baking bread!! Plus there are no preservatives in it. I usually use my bread maker to make the dough (not to bake it), but if the recipe calls for more than 4 1/2 cups of flour, the bread maker doesn’t handle much more than that. It might work but you will soon wear out your machine.
Also when cutting fresh bread I always use an electric knife so as not to squish the fresh warm bread. It makes it come out so much nicer.
1 Tablespoon yeast
2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup butter soft (divided)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 ½ to 5 cups white flour
Dissolve yeast in water, then add whole wheat flour, 2 T butter, brown sugar, salt and 2 cups of white flour. Beat until smooth. Add remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
Punch the dough down and shape into two 6-inch rounds. Place on a greased baking sheet and cut slashes in top with a knife. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
Bake at 375 for 40 minutes, or until golden brown. If the top starts to get to brown, turn the temperature down.
** I used my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook to mix the dough and knead it.