Whole Grain Sandwich Bread Recipe

Basic Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread 
This is a delicious basic bread recipe. We use this for our everyday sandwich bread. Prep time includes rising time.  Total time is 3 & 3/4 hour.
This recipe makes 4 loaves
4 cups very warm water
2 tablespoons active dry yeast (I use SAF instant)
4 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup light olive oil (or Canola Oil)
1/4 teaspoon vitamin C powder (it helps the bread to rise better) (optional)
12 cups whole wheat flour (may be a little more or less)
  1. Proof yeast by mixing with 1Tablespoon honey and 1/4 cup warm water in a glass measuring cup.
  2. Set aside and allow to stand until it bubbles up - 5-10 minutes.
  3. If using instant yeast, skip this step and mix yeast in with dry ingredients.
  4. In a large mixing bowl blend together water, salt, honey, oil and vitamin C powder.
  5. Add 3 cups of the flour and the yeast mixture.
  6. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Add in as much of the remaining flour as you can stir in.
  8. Then turn out onto a board and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  9. Try not to add too much more than the 6 cups called for in the recipe.
  10. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size.
  11. About 1-1/2 hours.
  12. Punch down, divide in half and shape into two loaves.
  13. Place in oiled pans, cover and let rise until doubled.
  14. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown.
  15. Turn out of pans and let cool on a rack.
  16. Enjoy! 
  17. You can add seeds or substitute up to 1/4th of the flour by another whole grain flour for a variation, as well.
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