It was Albert Einstein who said that a thing should be "as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Like County Line Bread (County Line being a local barbecue joint that is famous for their yummy bread)
2 T warm water
1 ½ t yeast
1/2 t sugar
3 ½ c bread or all purpose flour
¼ c solid vegetable shortening
½ c sugar
1 c warm water
1 t salt
In a small cup or bowl, combine warm water with yeast and sugar. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes. Then, in a large bowl pour yeast mixture, water, flour, shortening, sugar and salt. Using an electric mixer, blend on low until all ingredients are incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix for 7 minutes.
Remove dough and place in a clean bowl that has been greased lightly with oil. Turn dough over in bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp clean cloth and place in a warm spot to allow dough to double in size.
After dough rises, punch down to eliminate bubbles. Spray or grease and flour 9x4 or 5 inch loaf pan. Shape dough into a loaf and place in pan. In warm spot let rise again until double in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake loaf for 30 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped lightly on top. Makes 1 loaf.