Great Grandma's Graham Bread
(Sharon Kittle)

Note:  This was Sharon's great grandmother's recipe.  Her mother told her that her grandmother never set the table without this bread on it.  This recipe is over 100 years old.  To dress this recipe up for the holidays, the family adds chopped dates and walnuts.

2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 tablespoon shortening or vegetable cooking oil
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups sour milk (2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups unbleached white flour
2 cups whole wheat "graham" flour

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.  Cream together with sugar, shortening, molasses, egg, and milk.  Combine the salt, white flour, and graham flour and mix into the liquid mixture gradually.  Pour into two greased bread pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  You could also bake this bread in three greased small aluminum bread pans.