This recipe is from Aunt Rita in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. We remembered the sweet smell of this bread baking and the wonderful taste and texture when we ate it. We called her and asked her for the recipe. She was able to recite the recipe immediately from memory. This bread has become our standard house bread.
This recipe is for a bread machine that can make a standard 1-pound loaf of bread. In the absence of a bread machine, the bread can be made satisfactorily by hand.
We have found that an electric carving knife makes a wonderful bread slicer. With the electric carving knife, you can cut nice slices off the freshly baked bread even while it is almost too hot to handle.