A firm, chewy white bread — great for hearty sandwiches, for croutons, or as a canapé base. The finished loaves are a lovely golden brown, with high, straight sides.
Yield: Makes 4 loaves.
- 4 cups lukewarm water
- 1/3 cup shortening, melted (chicken fat, bacon fat, margarine, or lard)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 cake or 1 tablespoon dry yeast, softened in 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 12 cups flour, or enough to make a dough you can knead