My grandmother, with whom I share the same middle name, used to sing a little song to me when I was little prior to tickling me with her fingers (which posed as a bee), "There once was a bee who lived in a tree; and all he could do was bzzzzz sting, sting, sting sting...." (then the tickling ensued).

This site is in memory of her and the warmth all grandmothers and mothers give in making good food and creating memories in the kitchen.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Mother-in-Law's Tasty White Bread

I have yet to taste a better loaf than this recipe makes. The first time I tried it was when my fiancé (now husband) brought a freshly baked loaf, made by himself that is, to me. He is picky about his bread and knows a good one when he finds one. I like to think he has the same skill at picking out a wife.

White Bread (make in Bosch. If using a Kitchen Aid, half the recipe) Yields 5 to 6 regular loaves

3 T yeast
1/2 c. warm water
1 T sugar
5 c. hot milk
6 T Crisco Shortening
6 T sugar
2 T salt
14 c. flour

Let yeast rise in the warm water for five minutes. While that rises, heat the milk. Add the milk, shortening, sugar and salt to the Bosch mixer. Add a few cups of flour to lower the temperature. When it's not too hot for the yeast, add the yeast then the remaining flour. It usually takes more than the 14 cups. You will know when it's enough when the dough stops sticking to the sides of the bowl.

Let rise until double in size or when the dough is above the bowl (I place a thin, damp cloth over the bowl to help it rise).

Transfer dough onto lightly floured surface and separate into 5 or 6 loaves depending on how large you want them. Knead them for a few minutes until they are the desired shape. Place them into well-greased loaf pans.

Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and take them out of their pans to cool.

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