- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon shortening, melted
- 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup water. Add the sugar, salt, shortening, remaining water and 3-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Do not knead. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
- Turn onto a floured surface. Divide in half; let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each half into a 10-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Roll up from a long side; pinch to seal. Place seam side down on greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. Sprinkle the tops with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- With a very sharp knife, make five diagonal cuts across the top of each loaf. Bake at 400° for 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire rack to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (10 slices each).
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"This bread is great! I used butter flavor shortening and let it cool before I added it. I did use my hands to make it come together into a ball. I live at 7400 foot elevation and I can never get bread to bake properly. This turned out exactly like the pic!"
"Has anyone tried this recipe in a bread machine??"
"Awesome recipe! Quick and easy!"
"very easy! one of my favorite recipes now!"
"Made exactly by recipe and came out great. Super easy! Nice crusty outside and moist soft inside. (As bread sat, crust got softer, but popped it in the oven for a few minutes and it crisped back up again)."