My lovely sister, Alice, has shared some of the best recipes with me and her bread recipe is a winner. I would like to make my mom's bread but every time I ask her for the recipe she can't remember and she doesn't have it written down. It's OK though because Alice's recipe is pretty perfect and really easy too (if you don't have a Bosch then I don't know what to tell you but you can try it with a stand mixer and see how it works).
5 cups warm water (microwave for 2 - 3 minutes to reach 110 degrees)
3 Tablespoons dry active yeast
2/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup honey
12 cups white whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons kosher salt
In a Bosch mixer (or a stand mixer) dissolve yeast in water. Add oil and honey and combine. Add 4 cups and flour and salt. Turn mixer to speed 1 (or low-medium speed). Continue mixing at that speed while adding the remaining flour one cup at a time (about 8 additional cups) until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl. Continue mixing at speed 1 (or low-medium speed) for 10 minutes (set the timer). Shape loaves (see note) and place in 4 medium greased bread pans. Let rise for 20 minutes in a warm place then turn on oven to 350 degrees while the loaves rise for another 10 minutes (while the oven preheats). Dough should be doubled by the end of 30 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool a couple of minutes before shaking loaves out of pan.
Notes: Obviously our small family doesn't go through four loaves of bread very quickly. Sometimes I give a loaf or two to neighbors but I usually just freeze them in Ziploc storage bags and pull one out as needed. To do this, make sure you don't bag the bread until it is completely cool. Also, do NOT pre-cut the bread. It makes it dry out. Even if you're not freezing the loaves, it's a good idea to not cut it until right before using the slices.
Also, If you've never shaped bread loaves before then take a look at this great video. It's pretty similar to the way I was taught to do it.
*If I do buy wheat bread, I usually go for Alpine Valley sprouted wheat (which I can buy at my local Costco) or Ezekiel bread. Unless, of course, I'm in Mesa and then I go to Whole Grain Natural Bread Co (and get a spelt cookie).