Chinese Silver Loaves
1 3/4 cups hot water
3 T. sugar
2 T. vegetable shortening or oil
6 cups plain flour
2 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Add sugar and shortening to hot water, stir til sugar is dissolved, and allow to cool until barely warm.
Sift remaining dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and gradually stir in sugar mixture. Mix well and gradually draw dough together with your hands. It should be soft, but not sticky.
On a floured board, knead dough about 5-8 minutes, or til smooth and elastic. Return to bowl, cover with damp cloth and let rise at least 1 hour.