I've used this recipe several times; its the closest i've found to the bread my mother made for us when i was a child; just a bit sweet, slightly dense. I do the first mix step with a paddle mixer for a couple minutes on my KitchenAid; then another 30 seconds to incorp the yeast. Flour gets added a cup at a time, using the kneading hook; then i let the hook go 5 minutes. This dough is /very/ sticky if you are not kneading by hand (which adds a little more flour in) you'll be tempted to add more flour, don't. Once the first rise finishes that super sticky texture goes away. This dough does take a bit longer to rise (i'm not sure the cause), i normally give it another 10 minutes on each rise (done on top of the stove top, covered in a damp tea towel with the oven on 325, do NOT put it over the vent(back left hand burner), you will cook your dough)
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I've used this recipe several times; its the closest i've found to the bread my mother made...