Category Archives: Breads

Kuhlich (German Yeast Cakes)

Cooking time: 40 mins.
Preparation time: 30 mins. plus time for rising
Main cooking utensils: stone jars, or coffee cans
Oven temperature: 400-425°F

For 12-16 people you need:

1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons milk and water mixed
1 oz. compressed yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup currants
1/2 cup chopped, blanched almonds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup oil or melted butter
2 eggs


1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
little warm water
few candied cherries and slivered almonds

1. Blend compressed yeast with sugar and add liquid.

2. Leave until frothy, about 10 minutes.

3. Mix flour, salt, sugar, currants, and almonds.

4. Pour in yeast liquid, vanilla extract, oil and eggs.

5. Mix well together until dough leaves sides of the bowel (SIC) clean.

6. Knead for 5 minutes on floured board.

7. Cover, then put to rise until nearly double in size – about 2 hours – knead again.

8. Shape dough to half fill greased pans.

9. Cover each pan with polythene or cloth; allow to rise for 40 to 60 minutes. i.e. until dough springs back when pressed.

10. Bake in center of oven until firm. Cool.

11. Blend confectioners’ sugar with enough warm water to blend and pour over cakes; sprinkle with chopped candied cherries and slivered almonds.

TO VARY: Rise and bake for only 15-20 minutes in muffin pans to make small individual cakes.

Printed in Canada. © Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd. 1967

Date-Nut Bread

1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsifted whole wheat flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons melted shortening
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Place a rack in bottom of a steamer or kettle. Pour in water just to top of rack. Grease about 1 1/2-quart mold or three (1-pound) empty tin cans. Just before bread mixing is completed, cover steamer and bring water to boiling. (See card D 105 for detailed directions on steaming.)

Sift together flour and next 3 ingredients. Add and stir whole wheat flour and brown sugar. Add and stir in buttermilk and melted shortening, mixing just until smooth. Mix in dates and nuts. Pour batter into mold, or portion among 3 cans, filling each about 2/3 full. Cover container tightly with aluminum foil or waxed paper. Place mold on rack in steamer while water is boiling briskly. Cover steamer and steam bread 2 1/4 hours or until done. Cool on wire rack about 5 minutes. Unmold and serve warm. Mailes 1 large mold or 3 small loaves.

RAISIN BROWN BREAD: Prepare the Date-Nut Bread, above, substituting 3/4 cup seedless raisins for the chopped dates and nuts. Steam as directed.

Published by — COOKINDEX– Division of H.S. Stuttman Co., Inc., New York ©Copyright 1958 Tested Recipe Institute, Inc., New York

Pink Squirrel (Orange-Banana Bread)


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 beaten eggs
1 cup mashed ripe banana
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F. Sift together flower and baking powder, set aside. Cream butter, gradually add sugar, grated lemon and orange rinds, and blend until smooth. Beat in eggs, mashed banana, and Grand Marnier. Add flour-baking powder mixture a little at a time, stirring thoroughly.

Yield: 1 loaf.


Macerated fruit cocktails go well with banana bread and coffee; serve them instead of an after-dinner drink if you like, or as a dessert to be followed by Pink Squirrels.

Select fresh fruit in season, peel, remove seeds or cores, and chop into bite-size pieces. Place in large bowl and fill with orange juice to cover fruit. Add 1/2 cup brandy. Marinate, covered, 24 hours. To serve, drain fruit and place in sherbet glasses or punch cups.

Copyright © 1977 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Cinnamon Swirl Oat Loaf

Preparation time: 20 to 30 min.
Rising time: 2 hrs.
Oven temperature: 375°F
Baking time: 25 to 30 min.

Sour cream adds richness, flavor and texture to this bread flecked with the color of uncooked rolled oats and unprocessed bran flakes. A swirl of fragrant cinnamon flavors every slice.

For 2 loaves you will need:

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 cup water (105°F to 115°F)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup uncooked quick rolled oats
1/2 cup unprocessed bran flakes
4 to 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon


1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water; add sugar, salt and sour cream. Let stand 5 minutes until yeast begins to foam.

2. Add rolled oats, bran flakes and flour, 1 cup at a a time beating with wooden spoon to keep mixture smooth.

3. When dough is stiff, cover and let stand 15 minutes. Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead 10 minutes until springy.

4. Turn dough into lightly buttered bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

5. Turn out onto lightly oiled surface and divide into two parts. Roll or pat out each part to make a rectangle about 12-by-8 inches. Sprinkle each rectangle with 1 tsp. of the cinnamon.

6. Roll each rectangle up, squeezing out air bubbles into shape loaves. Place in greased loaf pans.

7. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Cool on rack.

Tips: Serve the bread with either honey or butter.


Cheesy Bread Sticks


Preparation time: 30 min.
Rising time: 30 min.
Baking time: 25 to 30 min.
Oven temperature: 300°F

These bread sticks are a flavorful and crunchy addition to meals. If you wish, you can form them into words to suit the occasion, such as “Happy Birthday,” “Good Luck,” “Bon Voyage,” or “Congratulations.”

For 18 sticks you will need:
2 pkgs. active dry yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup shredded cheese
3 to 3/12 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. salt
1 egg white beaten with 1 Tbsp. water
Sesame or poppy seeds
Coarse salt


1. Dissolve yeast with sugar in warm water. Let stand 5 min. Add oil. Add cheese.

2. Stir in 1 cup of the flour mixture and salt, mixing well. Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough is spongy.

3. Knead on lightly floured surface until dough is smooth and satiny. Cover. Let rest 5 min.

4. Shape dough into an 18-inch roll. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Let dough rest 5 min. longer.

5. Roll each piece into a bread stick, using your palms to stretch dough. Brush with egg white-water mixture.

6. Roll in sesame or poppy seeds. Place on greased baking sheets about 1-inch apart. Sprinkle with salt. Let rise about 30 min. until puffy.

7. Bake at 300°F for 25 to 30 min. until golden brown and crisp.

Good served with: Soups, stews or salads. Or with cocktails as a change from crackers.

Tips: Place seeds on waxed paper and roll breadsticks in them. This procedure will keep more seeds on the sticks and fewer on the baking sheets. Refrigerate bread sticks in airtight containers to preserve crispness. Heat before serving.

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Family-Style White Bread


This basic white bread is one that you can vary many ways. We offer two ways: a raisin bread and a cinnamon loaf. The bread itself is excellent for sandwiches, toasting or just to spread with peanut butter and jelly.

For 2 large 9 1/4-by-5 1/2-inch loaves, you will need:
2 pkgs. active dry yeast
5 to 5 1/2 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup oil or melted shortening
2 cups hot tap water (120° F to 130°F)
Melted butter to brush loaves after baking

Raisin Bread: Stir in 1 to 1/2 cups raisins before shaping into loaves.

Cinnamon Loaf: To shape, roll dough out to a 14-by-7-inch rectangle. Sprinkle mixture with 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon. Roll up tightly to make loaf. Let rise and bake as for plain loaf.

Tips: If you use bread flour, you may need a little less to make a stiff dough than when using all-purpose flour. Both flours make a fine loaf of bread.


1. Measure yeast, 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and oil into large mixing bowl, blending well. Stir in the hot water and beat with spoon until mixture is smooth and satiny.

2. Slowly add 3 cups more flour, mixing until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Cover and let stand 10 min.

3. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and satiny.

4. Place dough into greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place about 1 1/2 hrs. until doubled.

5. Punch dough down. Divide into 2 parts. Shape each part into a loaf. Place into 2 greased 9 1/4-by-5 1/2-inch bread pans. Let rise again about 1 1/2 hours. until doubled.

6. Bake at 375°F 40 to 45 min. or until loaves sound hollow when tapped and are golden in color. Remove from pans immediately. Thrn brush tops with melted butter.

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Zucchini Bread


4 cups coarsely shredded zucchini (see note)
3 cups all-purpose flour*
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs beaten
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 325°. Grease generously bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 9 x5x3 inches. Blend all ingredients on low speed 1 minute. Scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 1 minute. Pour into pans. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans. Cool completely. 2 LOAVES.

*If using self-rising flour, omit salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

Note: Do not shred zucchini in blender.

©1975 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Double Buns


Preparation time: 15 min.
Rising time: about 1 1/4 hrs.
Baking time: 12 to 15 min.
Oven temperature: 400°F

These attractive little breads are actually rich rolls. The Mennonites traditionally serve them at weddings, usually accompanied by cheese and coffee.

For 18 buns you will need:

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 to 4 cups unbleached flour
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup butter or margarine

Tips: If you wish you can brush rolls with mixture of egg yolk mixed with 1 Tbsp. water before baking.


1. In large bowl, mix yeast, sugar, salt and 1 1/2 cups of the flour.

2. In saucepan, combine milk, water, and butter. Heat until very warm – 105°F to 115°F (butter need not melt).

3. Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat at medium speed for 2 min. Add 1/2 cup flour. Beat at high speed for 2 min. Stir in enough more flour to make a soft dough.

4. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 min. or until smooth and elastic. Put onto oild bowl, turning to oil top. Cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in warm place for 45 min. or until doubled.

5. Punch down. Turn out onto floured surface. Shape two-thirds of dough into 18 2-inch balls. Arranged on greased baking sheets. Shape remaining dough into 1-inch balls. Put 1 small ball in center of each larger ball. Press down to seal.

6. Let rise in warm place for 20 to 30 min. or until light.

7. Bake at 400°F for 12 to 15 min. or until well browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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Velveeta Crisps

Kraft Cheese Straws

Roll pie crust 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle with grated Kraft American Cheese, salt and paprika. Fold over several times, roll again, and sprinkle with grated Kraft American Cheese, salt and paprika. Repeat the process three or four times, then roll again and cut into strips about on-third inch wide. Bake in a moderately hot oven, 400°, and serve with salad, soup or chocolate.

Clover Leaf Cheese Biscuits

2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup Kraft Dehydrated Grated Cheese
2/3 cup milk

Mix an sift dray materials, rub in the shortening and cheese, add milk gradually to make a soft dough. Toss on a slightly floured board, roll 1/2 inch thick and cut in very small rounds. Place 3 of them together to form clover leaves. Bake in a hot oven, 425°, 12 to 15 minutes.

Kraft-Phenix Cheese Corporation @copy1931 “Cheese and Ways to Serve It”

Soft Whole Wheat Pretzels

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seed, toasted
1 package active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 slightly beaten egg white
1 tablespoon water
Coarse salt or sesame seed, toasted

In mixer bowl combine 2 cups of the all-purpose flour, the 1 12/ tablespoons sesame seed, and yeast. In saucepan heat milk, sugar, oil and the 1 1/2 teaspoons salt just till warm (115° to 120°). Add to dry mixture. Beat at low speed of electric mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl. Beat 3 minutes at high speed. By hand, stir in whole wheat flour and enough remaining all-purpose flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Knew on floured surface till smooth (about 5 minutes). Shape into a ball. Place in greased bowl; turn once. Cover; let rise till double (about 50 minutes). Punch down; turn out on floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

Roll to a 12 x 12 inch square. Cut into strips 12 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Roll each to a rope 16 inches long. Shape into pretzels by forming a knot and looping ends through. Let rise, uncovered, 20 minutes. Dissolve 3 tablespoons salt in 2 quarts boiling water. Lower 1 or 2 pretzels at a time into the boiling water; boil 1 minute on each side. Remove with slotted spoon to paper toweling; pat dry. Arranged 1/2 inch apart on well-greased baking sheets. Brush with mixture of egg white and the 1 tablespoon water. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt or sesame seed. Bake in 350° oven about 25 minutes or till golden brown. Makes 24 pretzels.

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