Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grandma’s Homemade Bread


I found my Gran’s recipe box and started going through it and found some amazing recipes.  One of which is my favourite from when we were kids.  Whenever we would visit she would always have fresh bread in the oven.  A favourite memory when I was young was having her teach me how to make her mother’s bread recipe and I’d like to share it with you.  Here’s the original card.  Gran passed away 1995 so it’s pretty old and pretty precious to me!


That’s the actual card.  I changed the crisco to butter and you need much less flour.


  • 2 pkgs yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 10-12 cups all purpose flour
  1. Combine yeast, warm water and sugar and set aside.
  2. Scald milk, butter, sugar and salt in large saucepan.  Add 2 cups cold water
  3. Start by adding 6 cups of flour to milk mixture and mix together.
  4. Add yeast and continue to add flour until dough becomes not sticky.  I used about 11 cups of flour.
  5. Knead dough for 5-10 minutes. Let your frustrations out…go to town on it.  The more you knead the better it is!

  6. Grease a large bowl and place dough in center.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise 1.5 hours

  7. Punch down and let rise again.  This doesn’t take as much time, about half.  45mins

  8. Punch down and divide into loaf pans.  This recipe makes about 5 loaves of bread. 
  9. After final rise in pans, brush with butter and sprinkle with salt.

  10. Bake at 450 for 10mins, drop heat to 350 for 35 mins.


I made 2 regular loafs and 1 mutant loaf (I may have added too much dough to the pan) and then some knotted buns!  Those were so much fun to make with gran!


Don’t worry about making too much, they will all get eaten.  Hopefully not all in one sitting, but I won’t judge :)

Thanks for looking!

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  1. I have one handwritten recipe from my grandmother and it is such a treasure. This recipe sounds wonderful.... nothing better than hot fresh homemade bread.

  2. What a lot of beautiful looking bread! Having found your Grandmother's recipe box with the hand-written recipes is priceless and I'm sure many happy memories are evoked as you read each one.

  3. I love your post. It is so awesome that you found your Gran's recipe box and recipes that you remember making with her as a child. Especially this one which is her mother's, so your great-grandmother's recipe. And it's a good one. Totally fantastic that you have this connection with your family's previous generations. Thank you for participating in Vintage Recipe Thursday and linking back. :-) Looking forward to the rest of your Gran's recipes.

  4. wow that makes a lot of bread! I love recipes that are handwritten and passed down. What a treasure! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh, I have been looking for a good bread recipe! I will have to go out and buy more loaf pans! :)

  6. This looks so awesome, I really need to bake some!

  7. What kind of flour? All purpose or self rising?

  8. These are the best kind of recipes!! I have one of my Grandma's old recipe boxes too and I sure do cherish it. I have been wanting to learn how to make a good homemade loaf of bread.

  9. I have my grandmother's recipe box, some old recipe booklets and a spiral notebook full of candy recipes which I enjoy sharing on my blog... My grandma taught me how to make pie crust. Such special memories :)

  10. It's wonderful that you've inherited such a great recipe. I know you'll cherish it forever. The bread looks delicious. I need to overcome my fear of yeast and start making my own bread. I love it! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.