I was born and raised in the community of Normal, Illinois! It was a GREAT place to grow up, not too big not too small, 2.5 hours to Chicago and home of Avanti's Restaurant!! If you grew up in Central Illinois you for SURE know about Avanti's and their famous bread. :-) I live on the West Coast now but still have a yearning for that sweet soft bread, this recipe is dead on and will fool even the most diehard Avanti's bread fan. Its a lot of work but very worth it.
This recipe yields 6 loaves, I typically get 9 out of it but as you can see my loaves are a tad smaller.
2 pkg. Active Dry Yeast
3 cups water
3 Tbsp. oil
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 C. sugar (its sweet)
10-11 cups ***gulp*** flour! Thats a lot of flour