In a saucepan heat and stir milk, sugar, shortening, margarine, or butter; and
salt until warm and shortening almost melts. Add to flour mixture. Beat with an
electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Using a spoon,
stir in as much remaining flour as you can to make a moderately stiff dough that
is smooth and easy to pull, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Put some shortening on your hands.
This will add moisture to dough and make it easier to handle. Shape dough into a
ball and put in a greased bowl. Turn it on both sides to grease the whole ball of
dough. Put a pan with some very hot water in it on the bottom of the oven. Cover
dough and let rise in the oven on the top rack. (The steam from the hot water will
help it to rise.) This should take about 45 minutes.
Punch dough down. Roll 18 balls and cover for 10 minutes while you make the following
Milk Mixture: Pour half of the milk mixture into each of two (13 x 9-inch) pans. Put in 9 bread
rolls on top (or you can make the rolls smaller to make more rolls). Bake at 375
degrees F for 20 minutes or until bread tests done.