Mix ¼ cup boiling water and shortening in a small bowl. Stir.
Set aside to come to room temperature (approx. 30 minutes).
Mix ½ cup lukewarm water, sugar and yeast in a small bowl.
Set aside for the yeast to activate (approx. 15 minutes).
Add flour and salt to a large bowl. Combine thoroughly. Make a well in the center.
Pour the milk, cooled water and shortening mixture and activated yeast into the flour well.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
Press on the dough with the base of the palm, while kneading, pushing the dough and rolling it back onto itself. Form a smooth, soft dough.
Place in a large oiled bowl. Brush the top of the dough with oil.
Cover. Leave to rise for 1½ hours.
Uncover and punch down the dough.
Place onto a floured surface.
Roll out the dough, forming a small rectangle (the shorter edge should be the length of your loaf pan).
Roll the dough tightly onto itself for a loaf.
Place in a greased loaf pan.
Cover. Leave to rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven at 375ºF.
Add water in a small bowl and place inside the oven (below the bread).
Bake the loaf for 25 to 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Place onto a cooling rack.
Cool completely before slicing.