Addie’s Quick Bucket-Bread

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Appears in

How to Cook a Wolf

By MFK Fisher

Published 1944

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  • 1 cake fresh yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 quart whole rich milk
  • tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 10 to 12 cupsall-purpose flour grease, butter


Dissolve the yeast in the water. Melt the shortening in the milk, but do not let it boil. Combine the two liquid mixtures in a big bowl. Into another big bowl or kettle sift the blended salt, sugar, and flour. Pour the liquid gradually into the flour, mixing well, and when feasible knead until smooth. Put the dough into a heavily greased pan, cover with a clean napkin or towel, and let stand in a warm place until double in size. Knead lightly, and let rise once more (about 3½ hours altogether). Make into loaves (Addie slashes her dough into pieces with a sharp knife and then slaps it into shape as if it were a Bad Boy ... but any good recipe gives as logical, if less lusty, a procedure), put into well-greased pans, and bake at 350° for about 1 hour. Brush butter on the tops when once they start to brown, and again when the loaves are removed from their pans.