Hearty Swiss Cheese Bread

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This hearty bread is one of my favorites to make to accompany soups and stews.  It is  very easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.  I have brought this to numerous family and friends parties and dinners.  I am constantly asked for the recipe, so here I give it to the world.

½ Cup Sour Cream

1 Package Active Dry Yeast

1 Cup Warm Water

2 Tablespoons Sugar

2 Tablespoon Shortening

2 Teaspoons Salt

3 Cups Flour

1 Cup Shredded Swiss Cheese

Butter

Heat sour cream until lukewarm.  Disolve yeast in warm water in a large mixer bowl.  Add sour cream, sugar, shortening, salt and 2 cups of flour.  Blend 30 seconds on low speed.  Constantly beat two minutes on medium spped, or beat by hand 300 strokes.  Stir in remaining flour and cheese until smooth.  Cover and let rise in a warm space until double in size, about 45 minutes.  Grease round layer pan, 9 X 1 ½ inch.  Stir down batter by beating for 25 strokes.  Spread evenly in pan.  Cover and let rise until doubles, about 40 minutes.  Heat oven to 375 degrees and bake until loaf sound hollow, about 45 minutes.  Brush top with butter.

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