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Old Virginia Sally Lunn

Yield one 10-inch loaf


  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 eggs

How to Make It

  1. Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl; stir well.

  2. Combine milk, water, shortening, and butter in a medium saucepan. Heat mixture to 120° to 130°; shortening and butter do not need to melt. Add to flour mixture, stirring well. Add eggs; beat at low speed with electric mixer until moistened. Increase speed to medium, and beat an additional 3 minutes. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a stiff batter. Cover, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

  3. Stir batter, and spoon into a greased 10-inch tube pan. Cover, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

  4. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove bread from pan. Serve warm or place on a wire rack to cool.

  5. Note: Batter may be baked in a bundt pan for a more attractive loaf.

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