4 1/2 cups lukewarm water
3/4 c olive oil
1/2 c honey
1/4 c yeast
2 T lecithin(granules or liquid)
2 heaping T wheat Gluten
1 1/2 T salt
9-14 c whole wheat flour (I use mostly Prairie Gold, with some fine stone ground whole wheat as well)
Briefly mix together yeast and 1 c water in a small dish and set aside until bubbly. Put remaining water, oil, and honey in Bosch mixer. Mix briefly. Now add next four ingredients and yeast mixture. Mix briefly. Next add 6 cups flour. Mix well. Add 5 more cups flour, switch to the dough hook, and mix well again. Continue adding flour 1/2 cup at a time (while mixer is on speed 1) until dough starts cleaning side of bowl. Mix for 10 minutes on speed 1. Let set 5 minutes, put into a large, oiled dish pan to rise. It rises best if you preheat your oven to 200 degrees, then shut the oven off, and set it inside to rise with a dish towel over top. Let it rise at least an hour. Once you feel that it is risen, divide it into 5 loaves and "spank"* each loaf as you put it into greased bread pans. Let them rise as high as you want them, then bake at 300 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and let set on cooling racks. Lightly brush a stick of butter over the tops while they are still warm. Let them cool before putting into bags. Freeze until you want them and store in the fridge unless you're going to eat it really fast (As in, a day or two). To relive the moment of slicing that warm bread just after it's out of the oven, warm a thawed loaf for 1 minute to enjoy it's wonderful tastiness. Great with butter and honey, jam, apple butter, or anything else your heart should desire.
This will feel very different than your normal bread dough. The first time I made it I was sure I had flopped it. It's very elastic and unusual feeling. It also has a tendency to fall more than any other bread I've ever baked, so be careful when taking it out of the oven and pans.
*Slapping the tops with your fingers together helps eliminate air bubbles. You may also prick the tops with a fork for this purpose.