Yields: 6 loaves
1 Tbsp white sugar
2 Tbsp yeast
1 Cup very warm water
Soak the yeast in 1 cup of warm water and sprinkle it with 1Tbsp of white sugar, let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
½ Cup shortening(softened)
6 Cups very warm water
Dissolve the shortening into the 6 cups of hot water in a seperate bowl, then pour it into the yeast bowl from part 1, and stir.
2 Tbsp salt
5 Tbsp white sugar
2 Cups Whole Wheat flour
10-12 Cups pre-sifted all purpose flour
In a large bowl add 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 3 cups of the white flour, 2 Tbsp salt and 5 Tbsp sugar. Then, add the combined mix from part 2. Stir by hand until it is smooth. Start adding the rest of the flour, about 8 to 9 more cups until it is no longer sticky.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for another 5 minutes and place it back in the large bowl (this time lightly grease the bowl first) and sprinkle the dough with flour. I usually wrap the bowl with a towel and place it by our woodstove (not too close!), or a sunny window, for 2 hours. After 2 hours punch the dough down and let rise a second time for 2 hours. After it rises this time knead, cut and shape into 6 loaves and place into greased bread pans. It will take another 3 hours to rise before ready for the oven. Bake at 375 F for approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
I have done this bread recipes so many times; it is a sure winner. The rising times can vary depending on the weather and location, so don't just stick to the exact time if it seems ready sooner. Good luck and happy baking.