1. In the mixing bowl of an electric mixer, stir together 1/2 cup warm water, 1 Tblspn sugar, 1/4 cup bread flour, and yeast. Let grow for about 5 minutes. It will bubble almost immediately.
2. Measure oats, 4 1/2 cups warm water, whole wheat flour, salt, 2/3 cup sugar, and 2/3 cup oil into the mixing bowl. Mix on low speed with a dough hook for 1 to 2 minutes. Increase speed slightly, and begin adding bread flour 1/2 to 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Humidity determines how much flour you need before the bread pulls away from the edge of the bowl. It is normal for the dough to be sticky.
3. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
4. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Shape loaves, and place in greased 8x4 inch pans. Let rise until dough is 1 inch above rim of pans, usually 1 hour.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until tops are browned. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
For my first go at this recipe, I halved all of the ingredients. When you click on the link to the recipe, you can adjust the number of servings you want to make. That way, you don't have to do all those calculations yourself. :o) Why did I halve all of the ingredients? Well, if you have a regular kitchen stand mixer, then halving the ingredients makes this a manageable job for that mixer. A dough hook should come with the stand mixer. If not, then ... you have to buy one. ;oD
Anyway, once you get the hang of it, this recipe is super easy to follow. I didn't use 8x4 pans, I used whatever I had on hand, which made for three generous loaves. The smell of fresh bread was amazing! These turned out so well!