(by Gabriella Marie)
1 c. shortening
1 3/4 c. milk
14 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 package dry yeast
2 T. lukewarm water
2 T. anise extract
grated rind of 1 lemon
2 egg yolks, beaten with 2 T. water
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Melt shortening and milk together; let cool.
In a large pan, make a well in the flour.
Add sugar, salt, eggs, and cooled milk mixture.
Proof yeast in lukewarm water, and add to flour mixture, along with anise and lemon rind..
Mix together well. Cover with a clean dishtowel and pan lid, and let rise overnight.
Punch dough down and form 4 loaves.
Allow to rise again, approximately 1 hour.
Brush top with egg yolk mixture.
Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until loaves are a light golden color.
(Read Past My Bedtime, the story that accompanies this recipe.)