3 1/4 cups flour 1/4 ounce active dry yeast 1/2 cup (short) melted shortening 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup (plus) milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg 4 tablespoons warm water
Grease a cookie sheet. Heat the milk and shortening to the temperature of a warm baby bottle. Mix flour, salt and sugar in a separate bowl. Add water to the yeast in a separate bowl. Mix the egg in yet another bowl. Add the warm milk and melted shortening to the bowl of flour, salt and sugar. Add the egg and yeast and water.
Beat the entire mixture until it comes off the side of the bowl, which should be clean. Cover, let rise in a warm (non-air conditioned) place until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours. Knead the bread down in size and shape into a round loaf. Place on the cookie sheet and let rise again to 1/2 again as big, about 45 minutes.
Bake bread at 300 degrees F for approximately 45 minutes. After 30 minutes, baste the top of the bread with butter, and also again after it has finished baking.
This is a great bread. If you water is too warm, it may take longer for the bread to rise...never fear..it will. Also, my dough stays sticky, never actually pulls away from bowl to clean sides. I LOVE this bread. I bake it in a bundt pan and serve with a ramikin of whipped butter in the center. MAKES a GREAT hostess gift.
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