Quick And Easy Bread
|Lukewarm water||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Dry granular yeast package/1 cake compressed yeast||1|
|Milk||1 Cup (16 tbs) (scalded)|
|Lukewarm water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|All purpose flour||6 1⁄4 Cup (100 tbs), sifted|
|Shortening||1 Tablespoon, melted|
Stir 1 teaspoon of the sugar into water, add yeast and let stand 10 minutes.
Stir to blend thoroughly.
Stir remaining sugar and the salt into the hot milk.
Add lukewarm water to hot milk and cool to lukewarm.
Combine yeast and milk mixtures.
Add 3 cups of the flour, and beat smooth, add shortening, mix well.
Add remaining flour, stirring to make a stiff dough.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board, using 2 tablespoons of flour for kneading.
Cover dough with bowl, let rest 10 minutes before kneading.
Knead for 10 minutes.
Divide into 2 portions, round up quickly, cover with a bowl, and let rest for 20 minutes on board.
Shape into loaves place in greased pans (4 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches).
Grease tops of loaves lightly, place in an unlighted oven.
Place a deep pan containing boiling water on same rack of the oven.
Turn regulator to 400° F.
(moderately hot) and turn on heat for 1 minute, keeping door closed.
Turn off heat and let loaves remain in closed oven for 1 hour.
Remove pan of water and light oven.
Bake loaves at 400° F.
for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to moderate (375° F.) and continue to bake for about 30 to 35 minutes (or until done).
Remove from pans and place on a rack to cool, away from drafts and uncovered.
Makes 2 loaves.