Recently Aunt Linda sent me Grandma’s Bread recipe. I thought that Thanksgiving week would be a good time to share it with you.
Keep in mind, this is NOT a bread machine recipe. Grandma had to kneed the dough, let it rise, punch it down and then bake it in the oven. Also, as a woman with a husband and five children to feed Grandma didn’t mess around. If she was going to make bread, she was really going to make bread. This recipe makes about 4 loaves.
2 packages or 2 tbsp. yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. lard (shortening)
4 1/2 cups water (2 boiling)
12 cups flour
Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of lukewarm water and set aside until yeast foams up.
Put sugar, salt, and shortening in large bowl and add 2 cups boiling water. Stir until sugar,salt and shortening dissolve. Add 2 cups cold water and let stand until luke warm.
Add foamed-up yeast and stir well. Add flour. Knead dough. Put in bowl and let rise to double size about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down and let rise again about 45 mins.
Shape into loaves and put in bread pans (Aunt Linda makes four loaves). Let rise about 1 hour.
Bake at 350 degrees 45 mins to 1 hour.