2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (105º to 115º)
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk (scalded then cooled)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Dissolve yeast in warm water in large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Beat until smooth. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 1 hour.
Stir down batter by beating about 25 strokes. Spread in greased tube pan, 10 × 4 inches. Let rise to within 1 inch of top of pan, about 45 minutes.
Heat oven to 350º. Bake until loaf is golden brown and crusty, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from pan; serve warm.