Here is the recipe I use with the boys for bread... I think they have made it enough times to almost be able to do it solo! (It's from the book: "From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens" by Good and Pellman). This goes out to fellow homeschool mama Jordin!
1 pkg dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)
1/2 cup warm water
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
2 cups warm water
2 1/2 tbsp. melted shortening
6-7 cups flour
1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.
2. In large bowl combine sugar, salt, water, and shortening. Add yeast mixture. Gradually add flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in greased bowl. Cover and let rise 2 hours. Punch down. Divide into 2 portions and form loaves. Place in greased bread pans. Prick tops with fork. Let rise until higher than pans (1 1/2 - 2 hours)
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. You can brush tops with butter if desired.
My FAVORITE bread recipe is posted HERE but is a bit more labour intensive and not appropriate for kids because of the boiling water.
A while back Mother Earth News did some articles about No-Knead Breads.... I really want to try this one.... I will let you all know how it goes...