Basic All-Purpose Flour Bread Recipe

Recipe Submitted by Birdy ..|.. Category: Breads

This is a very simple by hand recipe that I convinced my Tupperware Lady to give to me (being that it was a Mennonite family recipe). She did say that I could share it... so I am! You should be able to make this work! Makes 3 or 4 loaves. But you can half the recipe nicely!


  • 4 1/2 cups luke warm water (comfortable to your hands warm)
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp Yeast
  • 1 cup skim milk powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 10 - 12 cups flour


Step One: Mix together white sugar, brown sugar, salt, eggs, oil, skim milk powder and water.
Step Two: Stir in 6 cups of flour, well... NOTE: you have not added the yeast yet!
Step Three: Sprinkle on 3 more cups of flour plus the yeast. Sprinkle over the whole mixture. Then mix.
Step Four: Add in up to 3 more cups of flour.

Step Five: Dump on to a lightly floured surface (without cracks is good!)... and Kneed. [grab the dough with your fists, push out hard, pull in, fold in the corners, push, pull, slap, thump... aggression is just fine and appropriate!] This is for 15 mins! So... enlist help if you are beginning!

Step Six: Take a large bowl and lightly grease with oil... Dump in your dough. And cover. Set in a warm place to rise till doubled. HINT: an oven with just the light bulb turned on is the perfect place for dough to rise... if you can manage to not turn on the oven in the meantime!

Step Seven: Punch the dough down in the bowl (remove the cover first! ) Remove from bowl... kneed a bit more, a little less aggressive this time. Form into loaves and buns. To make a nearly perfect loaf... roll a large rectangle. Fold the ends in to the middle on parallel sides... then roll up starting with one of the perpendicular sides... Place seam side down in your loaf pan.

Step Eight: Cover and light rise till loaves are nice over the tops of the pan...
Step Nine: Bake 350 degrees for 30 mins...
Step Ten: Hide loaves you don't want devoured immediately... then cut into the other loaf and slather with butter and enjoy!

Recipe from, Site Maintained by Donna Young, of