This recipe came from Wilma Fullmer.

Bread (Sponge method)


  • Large Plastic Bowl
  • 6 cups lukewarm ater
  • 2 TB dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or honey
  • 1/2 c shortening or oil
  • 2 TB salt
  • 6 cupes wheat flour


  1. Mix until well blended (all above)
  2. Let raise until spongy (double in bulk)
  3. Mix down. Add 6-8 (or more)white flour until dough pulls away from side.
  4. Kneed or mix 5 to 10 min. Put in pans, let raise until double in bulk. Bake 15 min. 450 degrees then 350 degrees for 15 more min.

Recipe Notes

To get a soft crust, bake for 45 min at 350 degrees starting in a cold oven. My family enjoys the bread better with the soft crust. It really works.