To make Betty Crocker's white bread, combine in a large bowl 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, 2 tablespoons shortening and 2 packages regular or quick active dry yeast. Add 2 1/4 cups of very warm water between 120 degrees to 130 F, and beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute while scraping the sides of the bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute while scraping the sides of the bowl frequently. Stir in an additional flour, one cup at a time until the dough is easy to handle.
Place dough on lightly floured surface and knead. Place dough into greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover loosely and let rise in a warm place, or until it has doubled in size. Grease the bottoms of two loaf pans. Push fist into dough to deflate. Divide the dough in half and flatten each half with a rolling pin. Roll up tightly, and place it seam-side down in pan. Brush loaves with butter, and let them rise until they have doubled in size. Heat the oven to 425 F, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.Learn more about Bread