Since this is another of our Grandmother’s recipes, you know it’s going to be good! This is her basic white bread recipe that she has made weekly for the past… forever really! :) She still bakes it regularly and she is in her mid 80′s, but then, she is quite the woman! It is fluffy and light and absolutely delicious for sandwiches. This recipe makes 6 loaves (Grandma Rice had 6 children and baked for numerous ranch hands for years) so you may want to half it, although the bread freezes beautifully. Hope you enjoy!
Grandma’s White Bread
submitted by Brittany ~ www.thesisterscafe.com
2/3 cup powdered milk *see note
3 heaping Tbsp of instant yeast
6 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
6 Tbsp shortening
6 cups warm water
Flour (approx. 15 cups total)
Mix powdered milk, yeast, salt, sugar, and shortening in large mixer like a Bosch. (*your Kitchen Aid is not big enough! It will handle a half recipe though.) Add warm water. Add about 4 to 5 cups flour and beat until well mixed. Add flour slowly until dough comes away clean from the edge of the mixing bowl. Allow to knead for 5 more minutes. Do not add too much flour. Cover with greased plastic and allow dough to rise. Once it has doubled in size, divide into 6 parts. Form each into a log, tucking and pinching the dough underneath to make it smooth on top. (This is easily done if you lightly roll out the dough and roll up lengthwise, pinching together seam and tucking in the ends.) Place each into a greased loaf pan and raise until the size of a bread loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 6 loaves.
*I have made this bread with fresh milk too and it works great. Just omit powdered milk and use 3 cups warm milk and 3 cups warm water in the place of the 6 cups warm water.