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Carole's White Bread

No recipe image available.Carole's recipe for white bread is a keeper.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup warm water
2 (0.25-ounce) packages active dry yeast, or 4 1/2 teaspoonsactive dry yeast
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
7 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon milk

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Allow to set for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile scald milk (cook until bubbles form just around the edges). Pour into a bowl and stir in salt, shortening and sugar. Blend until dissolved. Stir in flour, then the yeast mixture then add up to 7 cups of flour, kneading until smooth. Place in a lightly greased bowl and allow to rise until double, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease 2 loaf pans.
  4. Punch down and shape into loaves. Allow to rise again until doubled.
  5. Brush the top with milk and bake bread for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375°F (190°C) and bake for 30 minutes, or until browned.
  6. Remove from pans and cool on racks.

Makes 2 loaves.