4 cups lukewarm water
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbl. salt
1 tbl. fennel seed (put in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin to release the flavor)
1 orange, chopped up (include juice and grated rind)
2 tbl. dry yeast
10-12 cups bread flour
Put all the ingredients except the flour and the yeast in a large mixing bowl and combine them. Add the proofed yeast, then work in the flour a little at a time until no longer sticky.
Turn out onto a floured board and knead a bit. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled. Punch down and shape into 3 loaves. Put each loaf into a greased bread pan, brushing tops with whole-egg wash. Cover and let rise until almost doubled.
Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until done. Cool on rack.