Ann Pillsbury’s “no-Knead” Special Bread 1945

"From a full page Pillsbury Flour magazine ad! circa 1945: No Kneading! Work, Time cut in half! . . . this exciting new Pillsbury way EASY, FAST and FUN TO BAKE! A NEW, RICH TASTY BREAD NOW! With this startling ANN PILLSBURY recipe, tested and proved for use with PILLSBURY’S BEST Enriched FLOUR, you cut bread-making time by as much as three hours! A new way to make rich loaves, bread sticks, rolls, party breads, coffee cakes . . . bake bread you’ll be proud to put on the table–golden-textured, crispy-crusted, good. Be among the first to try it! And remember . . . whatever you bake, whenever you bake–you bake your best with Pillsbury’s Best! This is Verbatim from the old recipe card BUT I did decrease the salt ( the recipe said 2Tb which seemed like way too much)."
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3 loaves


  • 1 12 cups scalded milk
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 12 cup shortening
  • 1 12 cups water
  • 3 (1/4 ounce) packages yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 9 cups sifted flour, Pillsbury's best


  • Combine 1 1/2 cups scalded milk, 2 tablespoons salt, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup shortening.
  • Cool . . . to lukewarm by adding 1 1/2 cups water.
  • Add . . . 3 packages yeast, (compressed or dry granular) mix well.
  • Blend in . . . 3 eggs.
  • Add gradually . . 9 cups sifted PILLSBURY’S BEST Enriched FLOUR; mix until dough is well-blended. (This dough will be softer than a kneaded dough.).
  • Place dough in large greased bowl and cover.
  • Store . . . dough in refrigerator or cold place at least two hours or until needed.
  • Shape . . . chilled dough into three loaves on well-floured board; place in greased, 9x4x3-inch pans and cover. ( make 3 loaves).
  • Let rise . . . in warm place (80° to 85° F.) until double in bulk, about 2 hours.
  • Bake . . . in moderate preheated oven (375° F.) for 1 hour.
  • Note: If desired, one-third of dough may be used to make 1 dozen rolls. Fill 3-inch, greased muffin pans 1/2 full; let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about 1 hour, and bake in moderate oven (375° F.) for 25 minutes.

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