Grandma's Bread

My mother told me that every year my Grandmother used to go to a Threshing Show in Illinois and buy freshly ground wheat.  A Threshing Show is usually an annual event displaying antique tractors and other farming equipment.  The intent of the show is to educate and preserve the agricultural heritage of our plains states.  But mainly it is a place for boys to play with thier toys.

But back to the wheat;  My aunt recently gave me my grandmother's bread recipe and it has quickly become a staple in our house.  It is modifies well and can be used to make pizza dough as well.

Grandma Fern's Bread
8-8 1/2 cups all purpose flour
8 tsp aluminum free baking powder
4 pkgs red star instant blend dry yeast
3/4 cups sugar
1 Tbsp salt & 1 tsp
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup water
1 stick butter
4 eggs

Combine all dry ingredients (use only 6 cups flour-put other 2 1/2 cups on counter for kneading).  Put butter and milk in pan and just warm.  Add all liquid and eggs to flour.  Knead on counter until firm, working in extra 2 1/2 cups flour.  Oil large bowl and put dough in. Turn to oil all sides.  let rise 90 minutes or until double. Punch down and cut into 3 sections and put in greased loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

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