Mom's bread recipe comes from Grandma, and from there I have no idea, probably her mother and so on. My mom converted the recipe to fit into a bread machine, and then over the years to suit her changing health needs. It's strange that I had to call her for the recipe, because I've grown up making it. I remember her first bread machine, and I've helped her figure out which things work best (like butter vs. oil—butter doesn't work in a machine). But it was an oppourtunity to call my mom and we talked for a while. Then I made the bread.
Grandma, and Mom, have always made this recipe as sandwich buns. I think I might be the first woman in our family to bake it as a loaf. Incidentally, the first time I did that was for Katherine's bridal shower.
The original recipe has probably been lost, as Grandma has converted hers to fit into her kitchen mixer. I give you the recipe as Mom gave it to me over the phone just now.
2-3 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1c warm water
¼ c warm milk
4 c flour
3-5 tbsp sugar
2 ¼ tsp yeast
This is for a 2lb loaf or two 1lb loaves, on the Basic/White bread setting. The inredients go into the pan in this order. There a lot of sugar because the sugar is what helps the bread to brown properly; Mom said to use brown sugar if you have it. You can use more or less milk if it suits you, the milk helps the yeast to make it rise.