2 Cups Warm Water
1/3-2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 TBSP yeast
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
6 Cups flour
Put 2 C of warm water in a bowl (I test the water on my wrist. It should be warm but not hot. Too hot or cold will kill the yeast) Then, I add 1/3 cup sugar. (I also use this recipe for cinnamon rolls. Then I add 2/3c sugar for sweeter dough) To this bowl I add the yeast and stir. The sugar feeds the yeast. if the yeast foams up, it is good and will make your bread rise.
In my mixer, I add the vegetable oil, salt and the yeast mixture. I mix this together and add the flour 1 cup at a time. (Utah is at a higher altitude and it is a dry climate so you may need to add more or less flour to your recipe) I mix this until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl or until I can touch it without it sticking to my fingers. I allow my mixer to knead the bread for me. When the dough looks smooth I am done.
I spray my bread pans with cooking spray. Separate the dough into 2 balls. Roll them out, then roll them up and form the loaves. Place the bread in the pan seam side down. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 30 minutes. When you take the bread out of the oven, put some butter on the top. Take out of bread pans, allow to cool before slicing.
Cinnamon Rolls: make the bread dough as per the directions. Roll out the dough into a rectangle. Spread butter on all parts of the dough. Sprinkle brown sugar on the dough and cinnamon. You want the brown sugar to be thicker. Roll up the dough from the long side. Make sure it is rolled up nice and tight. Slice the dough into cinnamon rolls. I use a bread knife for this, some use unflavored/unwaxed dental floss.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes