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Fleischmann's Bread Basket Cookbook - Nostalgia

studiowi33's picture

Fleischmann's Bread Basket Cookbook - Nostalgia

Hi all-

I found something on the Intranet, so I thought I'd share my discovery with those that might be interested. I found a copy of Fleischmann's Bread Basket Cookbook and it must have been printed in the 1950's or '60's. This is purely a nostalgia item, but I've made it available to those that might be interested. I've uploaded preview images as well as a separate *.pdf document.

Clicking the above image will open a gallery containing all pages (in image format) of the *.pdf document.To download the *.pdf, follow this link:

Interestingly, the first recipe 'Cinnamon Bread,' appears at first glance to be identical to one cited in Beard On Bread, one of my favorite bread recipes and the book that first inspired my bread baking endeavors. And there seems to still be something new for me to learn within the Fleischmann book, so it might not be purely nostalgic.  Enjoy.

mariana's picture

Thank you!


Have you baked recently using recipes from that book? How much yeast (ADY, IADY) do you recommend to take instead of Fleishmann's compressed yeast from 1940s?



gary.turner's picture

It surprised me to see so many recipes that called for a pre-ferment. Copyright date was 1942, 1943. Mention was made of war time sugar rationing and appropriate substitutes.

@mariana: I think I'd simply use IDY at the normal (for me) 1% of flour weight. Call it  ≈140g flour per cup, so about 1.4g idy per cup of flour. For 5cups flour, 7g or 2tsp of idy. YMMV.