The taste of the ultimate Italian Bread......

1 package yeast
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 T. shortening, melted or oil
1 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. salt
4 c. flour

Sprinkle yeast on water in large bowl. Stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt, and half of flour. Stir. Then add melted shortening and rest of flour.
Mix well. Place in warm place and cover with towel. Work through dough with spoon well 5 times at 10 minute intervals.
Then divide in half and shape in loaves (roll up and pinch very tightly.
Place on greased sheet, slice top with white sharp knife and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
Can be brushed with butter afterwards or brushed with egg white before and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds.