2 packages quick rise yeast (4 1/2 tsp.)
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups warm water
3 tbsp. white sugar
1/2 tbsp. salt
5 tbsp. cooking oil
6 cups flour
In small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tbsp. sugar in 1/2 cup warm water; set aside. (I run my water until it's hot and use it at that temperature).
In large bowl, mix 2 cups water, sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Mix well.
Beat in yeast mixture and mix well-until smooth.
Add remaining flour. Shape in ball and knead on floured surfae until a little sticky. (I usually knead for about 10 minutes and add a lot of flour).
Let rise about 30 minutes. Punch down and divide into 2 loaves (or 2 loaf pans, or rolls...get creative). Pinch in both ends and make 3 shallow slices on top - if you're making the french loaves. Place on greased baking sheet and let rise another 20-30 minutes. Bake @ 375° for about 20-30 minutes. Glaze top with butter for the last 10 minutes.