For three loaves.
Take potatoes; boil, and mash fine; add flour; scald with potato water; add salt, lard, and sugar. Have one quart of this, and when lukewarm, add yeast, dissolved. Prepare this at noon; let stand till morning, stirring two or three times. In the morning, have the flour warm; mix till stiff enough to knead on the board, and knead thoroughly for half an hour; rub melted lard over top, and set in a warm place to rise. When light, make into loaves, handling as little as possible; rub melted lard over top, and let rise again. Bake fifty minutes. When taken from the oven, rub the tops of loaves over with butter. This will keep the crust soft.
Attributed to Mrs. G. E. Salmon.