I’m a bit lazy and I usually make my bread dough in a bread maker and then bake in a loaf pan in the oven. So I’m not used to dissolving yeast, letting the dough rise, etc. This was quick to mix though and since it’s a cold morning, I put the dough on top of the dryer in front of a sunny window as my sheets are drying. I’m making the braided loaf for dinner tonight… can’t wait to try it!
1 pkg. dry yeast
1 c. warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
3 T. sugar
2 T. shortening
3/4 tsp. salt
3 to 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour (divided)
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Add sugar, shortening, egg, salt, & half of the flour. Beat at a low speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk, or cover and refrigerate up to 5 days. Punch dough down, turn out onto a lightly flour surface and knead 4 or 5 times. Shape and bake as directed in the other recipes.