So if for some reason you didn't know, a few years ago we moved just 2 blocks North from our house. We LOVE our neighborhood and ward so much that we just couldn't bear to leave, but were anxious to find a newer/bigger home. Our current home was purchased from an "older" couple who only had one teenage daughter at home. They are an amazing family and we love them so much. A year and a half after moving in the wife and daughter came back for a visit and to see our touch on their former house. They were nice enough to bring a WARM loaf of this bread! I was instantly hooked. It is probably the best homemade bread I have ever had.
Dissolve and let stand 10 minutes:
2 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 C. warm water
3 T. sugar
In large bowl mix together:
2 C. hot water
1 T. salt
5 T shortening, melted, or vegetable oil
3 C flour, unsifted
Add yeast mixture and mix well.
2 – 3 C additional flour, as needed to form dough ball
Leave spoon in batter, allow to rest again for 10 minutes.
Allow to rest again for 10 minutes.
Repeat 3 more times.
Turn out dough on lightly floured board.
Knead once or twice until lightly coated with flour. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 9” x 12” rectangle. Starting at long edge, roll loosely as for a jelly roll. Seal edge. Place both rolls seam side down, on one large baking sheet.
Slash top of each loaf diagonally 3 times with a sharp knife. Brush with beaten egg white. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Let rise 30 minutes. (Do not cover)
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes (until golden brown)