Darcy's Whole Wheat Bread

from melskitchencafe.com

12-15 cups wheat flour

2 tablespoons instant yeast

1/2 cup vital wheat gluten

1 (1000 mg) vitamin c pill, crushed (I know, this sounds strange but apparently the acidic properties in the vitamin c or lemon juice, as some recipes call for, help the gluten to develop)

6 1/2 cups very warm water

2/3 cup oil

2/3 cup honey or sugar

2 tablespoons salt

In a large bowl (or stand mixer, like the almighty Bosch), mix together 5 cups of wheat flour, yeast, vital wheat gluten and vitamin c. Add the warm water and mix well. Add the oil and honey (or sugar) and mix again. Cover the bowl and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Add the salt and start the mixer (or mix by hand), adding the remaining flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl to form a soft dough. You may not need to add all of the flour! Judge the dough by feel not by the amount of flour you've used. It might be slightly sticky but should hold it's shape. Let the dough knead for 7 minutes in the stand mixer (or 15 minutes by hand). Form into 5 loaves (for the 8 1/2 X 4-inch loaf pans) and place into greased bread pans. Let rise until the bread is 2 inches above the top of the bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes (I like to let the bread rise 1 inch above the top of the pans and then put the bread in a cold oven and turn the oven on to 350 degrees and bake the bread for 32 minutes).