Put all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Start the mixer on Low. When the ingredients are incorporated, stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Now turn the mixer up to Medium and run it for 2 minutes.
If you are going to add bits and pieces to flavor your bread, now is the time to do it. You'll mix these in by hand. You can have up to a cup total, so if you choose nuts and chocolate chips, for example, measure them both in the cup so you don't go over one cup. Then dump them both in the batter at the same time and mix in. I've done up to three things in the cup, but any more than that and your bread will probably get "confusing" to the taster. Go beyond the list here. Get creative and add other things you think would work. Go bananas!
Things you can add:
Toffee brittle chips
Pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts (chopped)
Dried fruit pieces like apricots or prunes
While the mixer is running or when the batter is mixed, grease and flour your bread pan. I use a 9 X 5 X 3-inch pan for larger slices, but you can also divide the batter into smaller pans. Just adjust the baking time accordingly.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes. If you've loaded your bread with variation ingredients, it will probably take the longer time to bake. Check for doneness with a toothpick. Insert it in the middle of the bread and, if the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is ready. If the toothpick comes out gooey, add 5 more minutes to your baking time and check again. Remove from oven. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then invert the pan to remove the bread and let it cool completely before wrapping it for storage.