O'Flarity Irish Loaves
- Cooking Time: 30 minutes
- Servings: 8
- Preparation Time: 120 minutes
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 cups very warm water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 6 cups flour
- corn meal
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1 egg white
- Sprinkle yeast into very warm water in a large bowl. Stir until yeast dissolves.
- Stir in 3 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and shortening.
- Beat until smooth.
- Slowly beat in enough of remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured pastry cloth or board.
- Knead 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding only enough extra flour to keep dough from sticking.
- Place in a greased large bowl; turning to coat all over with shortening or oil.
- Cover with a clean towel.
- Let rise in a warm place, away from draft, 45 minutes or until double in size.
- Punch dough down; knead 1 minute.
- Divide into 8 equal pieces.
- Roll out, each piece, to a rectangle, 6x4"; roll up, jelly roll fashion.
- Tuck under ends.
- Put loaves of a grease a large cookie sheet; sprinkle with corn meal.
- Let rise again 30 minutes, or until doubled.
- Make 3 evenly spaced diagional cuts in top of each loaf.
- Beat egg white slightly with cold water in a cup; brush this mixture over each loaf.
- Preheat oven 400 degrees.
- Place pan (9x13") of hot water on bottom shelf in oven.
- Place loaves on top rack of oven and bake for 15 minutes, brush with more egg white mixture and bake for 15 more minutes, until loaves are a golden color or have a hollow sound when you tap them.
- Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
- Loaves can be filled with any type of filling, such as meats, cooked eggs, peanut butter, cheese, etc.