Great Grandma's White Bread
Every time I make this bread I get tons of requests for the recipe. This is THE best white bread you'll ever eat ~ compliments of my great grandmother. What amazes me is that it's totally cheap, makes 5-6 loaves and only takes FIVE ingredients!
This recipe is huge so make sure you have a BIG bowl!
2 Tbsp. instant yeast in 1/2 c. warm water & 1 Tbsp. sugar
5 cups warm water
5 cups warm water
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening (I use the healthy kind)
2 Tbsp. salt (scant)
15 cups flour
Measure a 1/2 cup of warm water (like, hot tub warm!) in a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Add 2 Tbsp. of dry yeast with 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Whisk it all together & set aside. The sugar feeds the yeast and will make it foam up!
Using a bread mixer (I have a Bosch), combine 5 cups of water, sugar, shortening, salt, and 7 cups of flour. Turn on the mixer and mix it well.
Add your yeast mixture and 3 more cups of flour. Mix it again.
Begin adding additional cups of flour until the dough leaves the side of the mixing bowl. My Bosch can barely handle this much. I have to put the lid on to hold it all in! Continue mixing it the dough for 3 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a large, greased bowl and let it double in size.
Punch the dough down.
Divide into loaves and put in 5-6 greased & floured loaf pans. Here's a great tutorial to shape your loaves. She does it like I do. Rolling it out with a rolling pin takes WAY TOO LONG!
Let the loaves rise until double in size.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until done. I hate it when recipes say that. The loaves will sound hollow when you flick them with your finger.
** NOTE: This same recipe can be mixed and kneaded by hand. That's how my grandmother grew up doing it! **