Shaker Daily Loaf 2 packages fast-acting dry yeast 1/4 cup warm water 1 3/4 cups milk 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons salt 5 cups all-purpose flour
Dissolve the yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl. Warm the milk and melt the 3 tablespoons of butter in it. Stir in the sugar and salt and allow to cool to lukewarm. Add this to the yeast bowl along with 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth with a mixer. Add the remaining flour and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
Place the dough on a plastic counter and butter the top of the dough with about 2 tablespoons butter. Cover the dough with a very large stainless steel bowl and allow to rise until double in bulk.
Punch down and shape into 2 loaves for large loaf pans. Place in loaf pans, then again brush the top of the dough and allow to rise until double in bulk.