I have made this recipe multiple times. I use my KitchenAid Mixer for the whole process. I first proof the water, sugar but only 1/3c and yeast in my mixer bowl (just to be certain my yeast is up to par). I use olive oil and I add one cup of the flour and mix completely, then slowly add more and so on. Then when all is added I let my mixer knead on 1.5 to 2 for approx. 5 minutes. The key to not being too dense is to let it rise long enough in a warm enough environment. I start my oven to 200 while my kneading is happening, when the kneading is done I shut off the oven, dampen a towel and oil 2 bowls (for double loaf) put them in the oven on lowest rack with damp towels and let rise until doubled or more that doubled, punch and double or more again. I have never ever had this recipe turn out wrong... at times I add more flour depending on sticking. I have also used this with the full amount of sugar for cinnamon bread-After the first rise I punch down, roll out, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the dough, roll it up, give it a short second rise and bake...I have given so many of these away... I get hounded for Cinnamon loaf constantly. I love this recipe and will never shy away from it!! Thank you so very much for such a wonderful, beautiful loaf!
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I have made this recipe multiple times. I use my KitchenAid Mixer for the whole process. I...