Shredded Wheat Bread


1 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup shredded wheat (or three large shredded wheat biscuits)
1 package yeast
2 teaspoons salt
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup oil
1 cup powdered milk
4 cups all-purpose flour

Pour warm water into a large bowl. Add sugar and shredded wheat. Sprinkle yeast over this mixture and let stand 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, except flour. Mix with a fork. Gradually blend in flour. The dough will appear dry and lumpy. Cover and set in a warm place 30 minutes. Blend again with fork or hands. Cover; let double in bulk. Turn out onto a floured surface. Knead. Shape into two loaves and place in greased 8-inch by 4-inch pans. When the dough rises level with the pan’s rim, place in a cold oven. Set temperature for 350 degrees and place a shallow pan of hot water in the bottom of the oven. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Turn out on rack and let cool before slicing.