3 Hot Water
2 1/2 Salt
1/2 Active Dry Yeast
9 1/2 Sugar
Combine water, butter, sugar and salt.
Stir until butter melts; let cool to warm.
Stir in yeast, cover and set in a warm place until bubbly.
Add 5 cups of flour and beat with a wooden spoon to form a thick batter.
Stir in enough of the remaining flour (about 3 1/2 cups to form a stiff dough.
Knead until smooth, about 10 minutes, add flour as needed.
Place dough in Dutch oven (well greased and cover.
Set in a warm place to rise until doubled.
Punch down and knead on a floured board.,
Return to Dutch oven and let rise until dough pushes up on the lid about 1/2 inch.
Bake covered with lid, in a 375°F oven for 12 minutes.
Remove lid and bake for 30-35 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.