In large mixer bowl combine 2 1/2 cups of the flour & yeast. In saucepan heat together milk, sugar, shortening & salt, just until warm. (115-120 degrees), stirring constantly to melt shortening. Add to dry mixture in mixer bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat the mixture 3 minutes at high speed. B y hand, stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface & knead until smooth & elastic (8 -10 minutes).
Shape in a ball. Place dough in lightly greased bowl, turn once to grease surface. Cover; let rise in warm place until the dough doubles (about 1 1/4 hours). Punch dough down, turn out on lightly floured surface. Divide dough in 2 portions. Shape each in a smooth ball, cover & let set 10 minutes. Shape in loaves; place in two greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pans. Cover & let rise until double (45-60minutes). Bake at 375 degrees until done, about 45 minutes. If tops brown too fast, cover loosely with foil the last 15 minutes. Remove from pans, cool. Makes 2 loaves.
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