Colonial Yeast Bread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.


2 loaves

Updated: Oct. 04, 2022
This is an old recipe that I enjoy making often for my family. I don't think there's anything better than eating hot homemade bread on a cold day.


  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar or 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, sugar or honey, salt, boiling water and oil. Let cool to lukewarm. Meanwhile, dissolve yeast in warm water and let stand 5 minutes. Stir into cornmeal mixture. Add whole wheat flour, rye flour and enough all-purpose flour to form a stiff dough. Turn out onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic; about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours. Punch dough down. Divide into two balls. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Shape into two loaves and place in two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes. Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly. Remove from pans and let cool on a wire rack.