2 pkg yeast
1/2 cup warm water
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water - let it sit about 5 minutes and you will see it start to bubble up.
1 3/4 cup warm water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp shortening
Mix this together until the shortening melts, add the yeast mixture and then add approx. 3 1/2 cups of flour. Keep adding flour until it becomes the consistency of a ball that you can knead, it will be about another cup or so. Put about 1 cup of flour on the counter and knead the dough until it is like elastic, it will spring back. It will take about 5 minutes, turning the dough a quarter turn every time.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a cloth. Place in a warm spot and let it rise for 1 hour - at this time it should be about double the original size.
After 1 hour take it out of the bowl and divide it into two pieces. Flatten them out and then roll it into a bread shape. Place it in a greased bread pan and again cover and let them rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
(in the loaf pans)
(an hour later after they have risen)
Preheat the oven to 425 and bake the loaves for about 25 minutes.
When you flatten the dough to put it in the pans you can add cheese, or cinnamon and sugar and roll the dough up and let it rise. Add additional cheese or cinnamon and sugar on top. You can also spread a bit of honey on the top of the plain white bread and it gives it a nice sweetness.
While not as quick as the No-Knead Bread I mentioned before, this has a different texture, the fun swirl in the middle if you roll cheese into it, a good sandwhich shape as you make it in the loaf pan and makes really good toast too.