Recipe by Montana Heart Song
At every celebration there was always a round loaf or two of this bread. My Finnish "Aunt Bertha" and then Aili always provided this sustaining wonder. It is very filling and makes wonderful toast!
- 2 1⁄4 ounces fleischmann's fast rising yeast
- 3⁄4 cup warm water
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sugar or 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Splenda sugar substitute
- 6 cups warm water
- 1 cup cracked wheat flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1⁄3 cup brown sugar or 1⁄3 cup Splenda brown sugar blend
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup warm milk
- 6 -6 1⁄2 cups white flour
- 1 tablespoon margarine
- Pam cooking spray
Directions See How It's Made
- Make yeast mixture in a large glass bowl.
- The sugar will "proof" the yeast. It will bubble. Stir a few times to make sure it is all dissolved.
- In a very large bowl, mix the batter mixture and add the yeast mixture to it.
- Stir and mix well.
- To make the dough add flour 1 cup at a time and mix inches The dough should be stiff and not stick to your hands. Note: This may take more flour than is stated. Depends on where you live and your altitude. Make sure the dough is stiff.
- Rub 1 tbsp margarine inside a large bowl; place dough in bowl, cover with a moist warm cloth and let rise until double. It takes about 1 hour. Do not put in a draft or cold kitchen.
- Punch down and let rest for about 10 minutes.
- Spray Pam into round cake pans. This makes 6 round loafs. Cut the dough into 6 equal portions. Form round loafs with your hands.
- Place in the cake pans. Prick with a fork across the top of the dough about 4 times.
- Let set 15 to 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Bake about 35 minutes. Until the round loaves are light brown and tops are firm.
- Option: You may brush the tops of the loaves with an egg wash which is one beaten egg and 1 tsp water after the bread has cooked for about 25 minutes.
- When cool, this bread can be double wrapped and frozen.