Sadie's Perfect Bread
1/2 cup shortening
2 TBSP salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup powdered milk
2 cups boiling water
3 packets yeast
2 1/2 cups cold water
1 - 2 cups wheat flour
10 -11 cups white flour
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
3 TBSP dough enhancer
I use my Bosch to mix the dough so that is how I am writing my recipe. Adjust accordingly if you are doing it by hand.
Put the shortening, salt, sugar, honey, and powdered milk into your Bosch bowl. Mix lightly. Pour the boiling water over mix. (If you need to proof your yeast, do it now) Mix again. Add the cold water and 2 cups of flour and mix well.
Add yeast and mix again. Add 4 cups flour and mix again. Add wheat gluten and dough enhancer and mix well. Add the remaining flour, a cup full at a time, and mix until the dough comes off the sides of the bowl. Mix for 10 - 15 minutes on medium speed.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until double the size.
Punch down and separate dough into 4 equal pieces. Make sure your loaf pans are greased well. Put dough in 4 loaf pans and let rise again.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes. Cover with foil for the last 15 minutes so the tops don't get too dark.
When they are done, melt butter and brush over the tops.