Altitude: 5, 000 ft. Yield: 2 loaves
Thoroughly mix undissolved yeast with 2 cups flour and all other dry ingredients. Heat milk, water and shortening over low heat until warm. (* If dry milk is used, this may be added with the dry ingredients, and very hot tap water used for water and milk. ) Add liquids to dry ingredients.
Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer. Add about 1/2 cup flour, or enough to make a thick batter. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Add enough of remaining flour to make a soft dough. Mix thoroughly. Turn dough out on lightly floured pastry cloth or board. Knead until smooth and satiny.
Place dough in lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place (80-90 degrees) until doubled (about 1 hour). Punch down and let rise again until doubled (about 30 minutes). Punch down. Let rest on pastry cloth or board for 5 minutes.
Divide dough in half and shape into loaves. Place in 2 greased 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 X 2 1/2 inch loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled (30 minutes). Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes. Cool on rack.
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