Bread (master recipe)

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 \N Cake compressed yeast
\N \N OR 1/2 cake dry yeast
1 tablespoon Sugar
1½ teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Melted shortening
1½ cup Lukewarm water
5 \N To 5 1/4 cups flour

Soften yeast in water. Add sugar, salt, and shortening. Add flour gradually, beating thoroughly after each addition until the dough is just stiff enough to knead. Turn onto lightly floured board. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover with a warm, damp cloth.

Set in warm place and allow to double in bulk. (If dry yeast is used allow dough to rise overnight in warm place.) Work down, cover with a warm, damp cloth, and allow dough to again double in bulk. Work down lightly. Form into loaves. Place in well-oiled pans. Again cover with a warm, damp cloth. Set in a warm place, cover, and let rise until double in bulk. Bake in hot oven (450 F) for 15 minutes.

Reduce the heat slightly and continue baking (410ø - 425ø F) for the remainder of the time. Total baking time 40-45 minutes. From 4- 4½ hours are required for the entire process. 2 medium sized loaves. The Household Searchlight - 1941

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