2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
2 tablespoons shortening or oil
2 teaspoons salt
7 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg white (for egg wash)
2 tablespoons cold milk or water
I use a stand mixer for this and you will definitely want to something to beat the eggs, even if you opt to knead the dough by hand.
Step 1: Proof Your Yeast
While this step is not strictly necessary, it does give the yeast a head start which makes creating fluffy goodness much easier.